Code Compliance

What is Code Compliance?

The Wasco County Code Compliance program is a complaint driven program with jurisdiction to resolve code compliance and nuisance needs on private properties located outside of the incorporated cities of Wasco County.  We strive to achieve voluntary compliance where ever possible with willing landowners.

We do this by working with the property owners to assist them in obtaining any necessary permits for development; provide helpful resources for voluntary clean-up and disposal;  require abatement actions; and in rare circumstances - enforce with fines or liens on the property to require action. 

 The Code Compliance Officer is a full-time position within the Wasco County Planning Department and works closely with the Planning Department staff and other County programs and partner agencies to assist customers as efficiently as possible. The program’s goal is to bring all properties into compliance with the Wasco County Nuisance and Abatement Ordinance. Please view the links to the left for additional information about ordinances and program partners.

The Code Compliance program operates on a prioritization schedule as follows:

Priority 1 Violations: (70% of staff time)
Land use activities that impact environmental/natural resources, pose significant health and safety issues, or involve structures under construction that do not meet standardsThis includes:

  • Floodplain/drainage/wetland/riparian area disturbances (illegal crossings, development, grading, etc.)
  • Dwellings or other structures without a permit
  • Violations of conditions of approval for development permits
  • Overgrown vegetation or violations of Fire Safety standards/defensible space

Priority 2 Violations:  (20% of staff time)
Land use or nuisance activities that pose health/safety issues or involve development that does not meet standards. This includes:

  • Grading without permits
  • Commercial/industrial/recreation activities without permits (includes home occupations, agricultural buildings converted to nonagricultural uses)
  • Outdoor parking or storage of five or more operable vehicles

Priority 3 Violations: (10% of staff time)
Nuisance violations that pose potential health and safety hazardsThis includes:

  • Junk accumulation
  • Trash accumulation

 Complaints will be prioritized based on this schedule.  Complaints outside of this schedule may be referred to other resources, including mediation or law enforcement.