Code Compliance

The Code Compliance Division receives, investigates, tracks, and coordinates code violation complaints for the following county departments: Environmental Health and Community Development. Examples of issues handled include building violations, septic violations, water violations, land use violations, hulk vehicles, solid waste, and hazardous waste.

We work closely and effectively with other county departments including the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office. We also work with other governmental and municipal departments including, but not limited to, Washington State Patrol, the cities of Centralia and Chehalis, Southwest Clean Air Authority, and Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Complaints

Complaints for public nuisances can be phoned in during normal business hours.

Complaints may be emailed using the contact form, select the category ‘Environmental Health’. Please include specific information such as the type of nuisance (solid waste, hulk vehicles, failing septic, etc.), the location (by address/tax parcel number) and any other information pertinent to the complaint. All complaint information is subject to the Public Disclosure Act, RCW 42.56.

Complaint Form

HULK VEHICLES

Code Compliance Officers can inspect and issue Junk Vehicle Affidavits for vehicles within the boundaries of Lewis County which meet the definition of "Junk vehicle", meaning a vehicle certified under RCW 46.55.230 as meeting at least three of the following requirements:

(a) Is three years old or older;

(b) Is extensively damaged, such damage including but not limited to any of the following: A broken window or windshield, or missing wheels, tires, motor, or transmission;

(c) Is apparently inoperable;

(d) Has an approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it.

Hulk Vehicle Removal Request Form

ABANDONED VEHICLES

For further information regarding abandoned vehicles which do not meet the criteria for ‘junk vehicles’, please see the attached link to Washington State Patrol:

http://www.wsp.wa.gov/traveler/docs/inspection_guides/abandoned_unauthorized_junk_vehicle_guide.pdf

Goals, Objectives, and Results

  • Our goal is to settle code compliance issues by working closely and communicating clearly with the public to achieve compliance.
  • Civil infractions, fines, and prosecution are generally used as a last resort, but will be issued if all else fails.
  • Code Compliance received 332 complaints in 2017.
  • 2017 Code Compliance Summary Report

Contact Information

Code Compliance Office (360) 740-2718
Hulk Vehicle Inspection request line – (360) 740-2718
Location – 2025 NE Kresky Ave., Chehalis Washington 98532