Code Enforcement

This department is responsible for enforcing various chapters of the Everett Municipal Code that address public health and safety issues, including regulations related to rubbish, other nuisances, removal of vegetation, zoning, dangerous building, environmental violations, and junk vehicles on private property. EMC Chapter 1.20

Filing a Complaint

To file a formal complaint with the Code Enforcement Unit, simply submit the Code Violation Complaint Form via email. For submission or questions, contact Code Enforcement. Officers are assigned to investigate all allegations and will attempt to visit the site within two weeks from the date of a mailed Courtesy Notice to confirm that a violation exists. Officers will contact property owner to discuss the violation and actions needed to remedy the situation. Usually, property owners are unaware of the regulations and voluntarily fix the problem within a reasonable time frame. The average time to fix a violation is under 2 weeks, but complicated situations may take up to a year (or more) to correct. Please be patient!

An alternative to filing a formal complaint is contacting the property owner or using resources from your neighborhood association. 


According to the Everett Municipal Code (EMC), the following are violations if visible from a street, alley or public or private property:

  • Junk, trash, litter, boxes, discarded lumber or salvage materials.
  • Attractive nuisances that are dangerous to children.
  • Broken or discarded furniture, household equipment or furnishings.
  • Shopping carts in the front yard, side yard, rear yard or vacant lot.
  • Vehicles that are parked in the front, side or rear yards or are wrecked.
  • taken apart or inoperable.
  • Dead, decayed, diseased or otherwise hazardous trees.
  • Overgrown vegetation in the yards of property.
  • Graffiti or tagging.
  • Utility trailers or camper tops in the front yard.

Appeal Hearings

Code Enforcement appeal hearings are held every Thursday. Click below for the monthly agendas:

  • Recent agenda’s

Remote Public Meeting Guidelines and Procedures

The City of Everett uses Microsoft TEAMS to conduct public meetings. The public can access via phone, or online using the TEAMS App. Select this link to review Everett Appeal Hearings Virtual Hearings Protocol 

Via Phone:

To listen to the public hearing, call the conference call line (425-616-3920) and enter the nine digit ID number of the meeting. All external calls will be muted during the presentations. Once the Hearing Examiner opens the period for your case, external calls will be unmuted and additional direction will be given at that time.

Via computer/smartphone/tablet:

If you have a computer/smartphone/tablet and an Internet connection, you can join via Microsoft Teams.  For information on Remote Hearings Guidelines and Procedures, click here Hearing Guidelines and Procedures

Follow this link to the meeting as early as 15 minutes before the meeting starts. It will open in a browser. You can choose to follow the instructions on that webpage to install the Teams app or join from the browser.

Once you are in the meeting, please mute your microphone. Please keep mic muted until the Hearing Examiner opens the period for your case. If you do not have a headset with microphone, or are unsure if your computer has an integrated microphone, you may also call in using the conference call line and enter the nine digit ID number of the meeting.