Code Violation Examples

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Examples of Code Violations


Issues NOT handled by Code Enforcement

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Code Violations

Abandoned Vehicles

Abandoned vehicles parked on city streets is a problem every city contends with, and the City of Kelso is no exception. Abandoned vehicles cause blight within the city, can cause traffic issues, and can be viewed as a safety concern, as fluids frequently leak onto the street and in turn into the storm water system.. But what exactly is an abandoned vehicle? And when is it subject to impoundment?

Under RCW, the term “abandoned vehicle” is a specific term used by tow truck operators and refers to impounded vehicles left abandoned in their storage yards. What we’re really talking about, at least under RCW, is “unauthorized vehicles”.  RCW 46.55.010 defines an unauthorized vehicle in the public right-of-way this way:

RCW 46.55.010 (14) a (ii) "Unauthorized vehicle" means a vehicle that is subject to impoundment after being left unattended in one of the following public or private locations for the indicated period of time:

Subject to removal after:

Once a vehicle has been determined to be an unauthorized vehicle, it can be tagged by law enforcement, and, if not moved within a 24-hour period (Kelso PD traditionally has given vehicle owners 48 hours as a courtesy), be subject to impoundment. KMC10.04.050. What does unattended mean? For purposes of this section, the city interprets unattended to mean a vehicle that is not being driven regularly and is essentially being stored on the city street.

Substandard Housing

On January 8, 2009 a landslide knocked 307 Burcham St, an occupied residence, off its foundation. The home was rendered uninhabitable, and various efforts by the city over the years to have the home owner abate the dangerous structure proved difficult.


A new owner took possession of the property in August 2017, and abatement efforts with this group were ultimately successful. The structure was demolished March 9, 2018.



Tall grass, vegetation blocking street view, signs, etc.

Grass - Before  Grass - after

Tall grass hinders visibility along street and at corner - before & after.


Tree before  Tree after

Tree over roadway - before & after.


Garbage, shopping carts, junk or debris, in a yard, in the Right of Way or on Public Property.

Cart Before  cart after

Mattress Before  Mattress after



Issues NOT Handled by Code Enforcement

Tenant / Landlord Issues.

Property Line or Boundary Line Disputes between Neighbors.

Environmental Health Issues. Including Mold, Rodents, Bed Bugs, Fleas, and other pests.