Code Compliance Program
At Code Compliance, our mission is to enhance neighborhood livability and the quality of life in Beaverton by helping residents and businesses understand and comply with the City Code. In so doing, we hope to develop a sense of community, foster civic pride, and enhance the quality of life throughout the City of Beaverton.
What We Do
The primary focus of Code Compliance is to help resolve violations of the City Code. These code violations are called civil infractions. The most common civil infractions are called nuisances. Nuisances include problems such as:
- Abandoned vehicles
- Sidewalks that are uneven or uplifted, creating a tripping hazard
- Substandard Housing
- Trees lower than 8 feet above the sidewalk or 12 feet above a roadway
- Weeds or grass more than 12 inches high noxious vegetation
Other types of nuisances we investigate include inoperable vehicles, signs (other than real estate signs) displayed in residential neighborhoods; zoning issues, such as businesses operating in residential zones; and other concerns affecting safety and quality of life.
How are code violations resolved?
Letter or Notice of Civil Infraction: For most cases, the Code Compliance Program first provides the person responsible for the code violation with the opportunity to voluntarily correct the problem. We notify the person of the violation by phone or by letter to make them aware of the problem and ask them to address the issue.
Citation: When the person responsible does not voluntarily correct the code violation, a civil infraction citation may be issued either by Code Compliance Program or by the Police. However, civil infractions are not crimes -- the only penalty for a civil infraction is a monetary fine. The fines amounts are:
- $500 per day for a Class 1 civil infraction
- $250 per day for a Class 2 civil infraction
- $100 per day for a Class 3 civil infraction
For continuing code violations, the fine applies for each day the violation exists.
Nuisance Abatement: If the nuisance is not corrected, either before or after a citation, the city may begin abatement procedures. Abatement consists of entering onto the property to correct the problem. Abatement begins with a notice that is posted on the premises or the site of the nuisance. The notice directs the property owner or person responsible to correct or abate the nuisance. If the property owner or responsible party does not correct the problem within the time specified on the notice, the city will correct it and bill the property owner or responsible party for the costs. Liens may be placed upon real property to secure repayment to the taxpayers of the costs expended by the city to abate the nuisance.
|Burning information||Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue||503-612-7007|
|Business Licenses||Finance Department||503-526-2255|
|Home Occupation Permits||Community Development Department||503-526-2420|
|Neighborhood Disputes||Center for Mediation and Dialogue||503-526-2523|
|Traffic Violations / speeding||Beaverton Police Department||503-350-4009|
|Sign Permits||Community Development Department||503-526-2420|