Code Enforcement Unit

Grant County Sheriff's Office Code Enforcement Unit is a function of the county that enforces the building and land use regulations as set forth in Grant County Code within unincorporated areas of Grant County.

The Code Enforcement Unit will investigate complaints of unlawful or hazardous development and uses on private property. Utility Deputies will respond to reported code violations associated with zoning, housing, building, shorelines, and critical areas. The Code Enforcement Unit workload is almost entirely driven by complaints of private citizens. Utility Deputies do not proactively survey the county looking for violations.

Submit a Code Enforcement Complaint

If you, as a private citizen, need to report a code enforcement complaint to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, please ensure that the following information is true:

  • This incident did not occur on a State Route, Highway, or Freeway
  • This incident occurred in Grant County, but not within the city limits of Moses Lake, Quincy, Ephrata, Soap Lake, Mattawa, Royal City, Warden, Electric City, George, Wilson Creek, Hartline, Marlin-Krupp, or Coulee City
  • This is not an emergency situation

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you may submit the online Code Enforcement Complaint Form.  You will have the option to print a copy of your submission and/or email a copy to yourself.

After Complaint Submission

All cases filed using the Citizen's Online Code Enforcement Reporting System will be reviewed.

Upon review, if further investigation of your case is needed, you may be contacted.

Receiving Warning Notices from a Utility Deputy

If, as a property owner or tenant, you have been contacted by a Utility Deputy of the Code Enforcement Unit and received a warning notice due to a violation in any of the aforementioned areas, it is important to understand the Code Enforcement Process. You should read the notice, and correct the violations as indicated. Should you encounter any difficulties, contact the Code Enforcement Unit which will work with you to achieve compliance.

At the end of the specified time frame, a site visit will be conducted to determine compliance. If compliance is achieved, the case will be closed. If there are unresolved issues and no contact has been made, a Citation or Notice of Violation may be issued, monetary penalties may be imposed, and the violation may be abated. Additionally, criminal charges may be filed.