Code Compliance

City of Tacoma Minimum Building and Structures Code Revision Survey

Community members and business owners are an important part of helping to make our neighborhoods clean and safe. The City’s Code Compliance Group needs your help to make sure our codes continue to affectively hold property owners accountable for the conditions on their property. Please help us by reviewing the proposed changes to our Minimum Building and Structures Code and filling out the attached ten question survey

If you have any questions please contact Cindy DeGrosse at (253) 591-5026. Thank you in advance for your input!

Code Compliance

The Neighborhood and Community Services Department's Code Compliance Section's mission is to help in maintaining compliance with the Tacoma Municipal Code to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the City of Tacoma.

Code Compliance handles the following types of issues:

  • Poultry and Pigeons (TMC 5.30)
  • Public Nuisance Vehicles (TMC 8.23)
  • Public Nuisance Code (TMC 8.30)
  • Hazardous Trees/Site Distance Violation (TMC 8.30)
  • Construction Complaints (TMC 8.30)
  • Right of Way Violation (TMC 8.30)
  • Residential Parking Standards (TMC 8.30.050)
  • Graffiti (TMC 8.30 and TMC 8.120)
  • Noise Violations (TMC 8.122)
  • Substandard, Derelict and Dangerous Buildings (TMC 2.01)
  • Stop Work Orders (TMC 8.30 and TMC 2.02)
  • Residential Rental Inspection (Title 6)
  • Tax and License Compliance (Title 6)
  • Road Use Compliance (Title 11)
  • Land Use Enforcement (Title 13)

Common Violations

Nuisance Properties

Nuisance properties may have large piles of junk and debris and may have overgrown vegetation.  These types of properties are a health and sanitation hazard, a fire hazard and a good place for rodents to live and breed.

Public Nuisance Vehicles

Public nuisance vehicles are vehicles that are apparently inoperable, three years or older, extensively damaged and worth less than the value of scrap.  They are unsightly, can contribute to more blight in the neighborhood and provide a harborage for illegal activity and rodents.

Derelict Buildings

Derelict buildings are buildings which are not safe for people to live in.  Often times, these properties are abandoned.  These buildings can be unsafe places where children choose to play or homeless people may camp.

Abandoned Vehicles

Abondonded vehicles are vehicles left on the right of way that are an eyesore for the neighborhood and may present a safety issue for residents.  If you wish to learn more about abandoned vehicles please visit our Abandoned Autos page.
Contact Us
Phone: (253) 591-5001

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