Code Compliance

Mission Statement:

"Working for our community through professional and accountable code compliance to enhance the beauty, livability, economy, health and safety of Wasco County"

What is Code Compliance?

The use, management, and upkeep of land have an impact on the surrounding community. Examples include accumulations of waste or debris that result in a public health and safety concern; a lack of vegetation management that increases community fire risks; and illegal development that has not been reviewed for resource impacts, compliance with building code standards for safety, and is not taxed to fund the local emergency services it is afforded.

 The Wasco County Code Compliance program is a complaint driven program with jurisdiction to resolve code compliance, nuisance and abatement needs on private properties located outside of the incorporated cities of Wasco County.  We strive to achieve voluntary compliance where ever possible with willing landowners.

We do this by working with the property owners to assist them in obtaining any necessary permits for development; provide helpful resources for voluntary clean-up and disposal; provide abatement resources for qualifying landowners; require abatement actions; and in rare circumstances - enforce with fines or liens on the property to require action. 

 The Code Compliance Officer is a full-time position within the Wasco County Planning Department and works closely with the Planning Department staff and other County programs and partner agencies to assist customers as efficiently as possible. The program’s goal is to bring all properties into compliance with the Wasco County Nuisance and Abatement Ordinance. Please view the links to the left for additional information about ordinances and program partners.


 Pine Hollow Lake

Wasco County Code Compliance Regulates Land Use and Development and
Health Violations. Examples include:

Dwelling Placement  Trash 
Structure Placement  Accumulation Industrial Waste 
Additions  Construction Waste 
Conditions of Approval  Animal Waste 
Non-permitted business   
Junk vehicles   
National Scenic Area violations   
Outdoor lighting Violations