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Annual Code Compliance Survey Underway

To help meet the City’s strategic goal of being a safe, clean and attractive community, the City of Tacoma’s Code Compliance Section is conducting its annual visual survey of the properties along Tacoma’s main arterials to identify opportunities for individuals to improve their compliance with the City’s Nuisance and Minimum Building and Structures Code. Inspectors will be performing the survey now through March 14.

“These areas are the front door to our community,” said Dan McConaughy, Code Inspector Supervisor. “The City wants to partner with property owners in our key corridors to help increase economic opportunities and promote healthy communities.”

Code compliance inspectors are looking at properties to assess if there may be a code violation with the main focus on building and property conditions. The function of City codes is to maintain public safety and help protect property values.

“If there is an opportunity to improve compliance, a follow up warning postcard will be mailed to the property owner,” McConaughy said. “As part of the program we want to identify the potential code violations, make sure the property owner is aware of the issue and provide resources to help property owners mitigate the issue if they need assistance.”

Last year, code compliance inspectors focused on business districts. This year, all properties, businesses and residences, along main arterials will be included in the survey. 

“We have sent letters to business owners within the affected business district areas to let them know we will be doing the visual survey,” McConaughy said. 

If property or business owners in Tacoma’s key corridors have questions, they should contact Carol Wolfe at 591-5384.

“We want to help our businesses and residents to understand how to enhance the safety of their structures and the appearance of our city and make sure they have information about the programs the City has to assist them,” McConaughy said.


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