As of September 20, 2017, the City of Tigard had 200 active nuisance complaints with its code compliance section.
With this many active cases, not all property owners can resolve the issues filed against them. Consider the case of two longtime Tigard residents.
In July, the couple’s property was cited for nuisance violations. The complaints concerned a potential fire hazard of high weeds and tall grass, trash, junk, debris and an overgrowth of vegetation that can be a breeding ground for insects and rodents.
When code compliance officer Ken Ross investigated, he learned the property owners were elderly, disabled and unable to clean the property to bring it up to compliance.
The owners wanted to set things right, but were unsure they had the resources and asked for assistance to address the problems. In response, Ross called the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services on their behalf. Together they organized group of student volunteers from Pacific University willing to help.
This month, the student volunteers will remove the high weeds and tall grass, reduce the vegetation and clear out all trash, junk and debris on the property. Washington County even volunteered to provide a portable toilet for volunteers on their service day.
“This is the first time I’ve been involved with volunteers assisting Tigard residents to resolve a code compliance issue,” said Ross. “It’s wonderful to see and I hope it won’t be the last.”
File a Complaint
If you find a code violation that needs correction, please send us a code violation complaint through our online portal or pick up a request form at the Permit Center. Please remember to provide the property’s address. All complaints are public record and anonymous complaints will not be accepted.
Code Compliance will be happy to work with you to get violations corrected. Common code violations can be found here.