Code Enforcement


This department is primarily responsible for enforcing the sections of the Lake Stevens Municipal Code that address public health and safety, as well as quality of life issues. These complaints are sometimes handled conjointly with other city departments and local agencies. 

The city's code enforcement policy is to investigate violations upon receiving a written complaint.  The city does not actively enforce code violations unless issues are discovered that endanger health or safety. 

Some of the primary duties of this department include: 

  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Accumulations of Trash & Junk
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Illegal Property Occupation
  • Lost / Found Property
  • Noise Violations
  • Nuisance Vehicles
  • Parking Violations

Common Nuisance Complaints

Trash & Junk
  • Accumulations of trash or broken or decrepit items are prohibited
  • Conditions which, due to lack of maintenance or cleanliness, could potentially attract, harbor, or cause the infestation of pests is prohibited.
Vehicles & Machinery

Any vehicle that is stored in view of neighboring public and/or private property must be mechanically able to function or legally operate on a public roadway, including current license tabs.  All vehicles must be kept free of natural debris accumulation so as not to appear abandoned.

The following are prohibited in residential neighborhoods:

  • Accumulations of machinery or parts visible to other properties
  • Repairing more than one vehicle at a time
  • Allowing vehicle fluids to enter any water or sewer system or cause a potential health or safety concern
  • Working on vehicles that are not registered to an owner / occupant of the property
  • Vehicles left unattended on temporary blocks or jacks
  • RVs, boats, occasional use vehicles not kept in a clean, safe manner or that cause the appearance of an accumulation of nuisance vehicles
  • Storage or repair of vehicles on public right of way
  • Selling or displaying for sale more than four vehicles per year
Parking / Abandoned Vehicles

  • All violations of state & city parking laws may be enforced.
  • Vehicles (RVs, boats, trailers, etc) may not be parked (stored) on city streets or rights of way for more than 72 hours. Vehicles found to be in violation of this law may be towed and / or the owner may be cited. It is unlawful to periodically move a vehicle from one location on public property to another location on public property in an effort to avoid compliance.

How To Report Violations

  • Violations that are in progress and require a timely response are best handled by calling 911. This may include animals at large, animal bites,  noise complaints, animal bites, or circumstances that may appear suspicious.
  • Code violations such as unlawful dumping and nuisance vehicles which may not be resolved immediately are best reported by filling out the online complaint form or calling the Planning Department at 425-622-9400.