Code Compliance

The Community Development Services Department is also responsible for enforcing a number of ordinances of the City of Auburn. This involves public nuisances that may include junked vehicles on private property, tall grass and weeds, junk, etc.

It also includes ensuring that the proper permits have been issued for construction of projects, land clearing, grading and filing of property, placement of signs, and that businesses are operating in compliance with the City of Auburn Zoning Code.

The City of Auburn welcomes phone calls or other communication that alerts us to possible civil code violations that may be occurring in your neighborhood, such as any one of the options below:

  • Please call 253-931-3020, selecting Option 4, if you wish to report a violation;
  • Take a photograph of the property of concern and email it to Code Enforcement along with an address;
  • Fill out the Code Enforcement Complaint Form and click the 'SUBMIT' button at the bottom of the page to email the completed form to Code Enforcement.

If your concern is with a parking (abandoned car) or animal issue, please call the Auburn Police non-emergency line at 253-288-2121.

Crime Free Rental Housing Program

The 2018 Crime Free Multi-Family Manager Training schedule is now available.  For more information or to register, please visit www.auburnwa.gov/CrimeFree.

Informational Materials

Abandoned Properties

The City of Auburn takes the issue of abandoned properties very seriously due to the negative impact they can have on the surrounding area. Your Code Compliance staff will work hard to resolve these issues once they are brought to our attention. In many instances the property owners or mortgage holders are out of state and are slow to respond, or have hired property preservation companies who are not consistent with the necessary maintenance and security requirements.

If you own a vacant property, it is important that you are aware of your requirements as an owner.  Please see Auburn City Code 15.20.080links to external site.  Please complete the required Vacant Property Registration Form.

Citizens who have concerns about abandoned properties and want to help the City resolve the issues identified can access information about the mortgage holders by visiting our abandoned properties page. Citizens are encouraged to write, phone, or email the mortgage holders or property preservation contacts and request action be taken on one or more abandoned properties. These efforts may help convince the mortgage holders and property preservation companies to act more quickly and consistently.