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Code Enforcement FAQ

If you don't find what you're looking for here, email your question to CodeEnforcement@kentwa.gov 

For answers about inspections, please see our Inspection FAQ.

1.  Who do I call about Rats? 

Report rat problems to Public Health.  Call 206-205-4394 or online at www.kingcounty.gov/health/rats  

2. What can be done about the mildew in my apartment?

  • Contact your apartment's mangement or Landlord and advise them of the problem.
  • If management does not take care of the problem:
    • Contact City of Kent Code Enforcement.  (253)-856-5409.
    • Also contact the State Attorney General's Office at (206) 464-6684 regarding the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.
     

3. My landlord won't let me out of my lease.  What can I do?

Contact Attorney General's Office at (206) 464-6684 to determine your rights under the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act.   1-800-692-5082, 8 for the Landlord-Tenant topic.  For Mobile/manufactured Home Landlord-Tenant matters, press 9.

4. Who do I call about electrical problems?

Contact your apartment's management or Landlord to advise them of the problem.

If the problem is a safety/fire hazard, or repairs are not made in a timely manner, contact the Department of Labor and Industries, (206) 835-1111.

5.  Who do I call about blackberry bushes? 

  • If the problem is on private property, call City of Kent Code Enforcement at  (253) 856-5409.
  • If the problem is on the public right of way (sidewalks and streets), contact Public Works at (253) 856-5500.

6. Who do I call about people parking their cars in their yard?

There is no Kent City Code that prevents people from parking operable vehicles in their yards.

7.  What is a "Junk Vehicle"?

Junk vehicle means a vehicle meeting at least three (3) of the following requirements:  (RCW 46.55.010(4))

  • Is three (3) years old or older;
  • Is extensively damaged.  Such damage may include, but is not limited to any of the following:
    • Broken Window or Windshield
    • Missing Wheels, Tires, Motor, or Transmission
     
  • Apparently inoperable;
  • Has an approximate fair market value equal only to the approximate value of the scrap in it.

8. Who do I call about junk vehicles?

Contact City of Kent Code Enforcement at (253) 856-5409.

9. Who do I call about vehicles left on the street?

Vehicles parked on the street are on the Public Right of Way and are handled by the Kent Police Department.  Call (253) 856-5800.

10 . Who do I call about trash in my neighbor's yard?

Contact City of Kent Code Enforcement at  (253) 856-5409.

11. Who do I call about my neighbor's RV in the driveway?

Contact City of Kent Code Enforcement at (253) 856-5409.

12. My neighbors make a lot of noise.  Who can I call?

These Public Disturbances fall under Chapter 9.02 of the Criminal Code.  Call the City of Kent Police  (253) 856-5800 (during business hours) or dial 9-1-1 at the time of the disturbance.

13. How many people can live in one house?

City codes do not regulate the number of related nor unrelated persons who may live in one house.  

14. Someone is living in their RV on the street or in a yard.

  • If RV is in the yard, contact City of Kent Code Enforcement.  (253)-856-5409. 
  • If RV is on the street, contact City of Kent Police.  (253)-856-5800.

15. What are the hours construction is allowed in the City of Kent?

Construction is allowed between 7 AM and 10 PM seven days per week.

16. How many animals can people have in the City of Kent?

This depends on the type of animal and the square feet of lot area where the animals are located.  See Kent City Code 15.08.070 Keeping of Animals.  Or contact City of Kent Code Enforcement at (253) 856-5409.

17. How can I make a complaint about a Code Enforcement violation in Kent?

You can file a complaints by calling City of Kent Code Enforcement at  (253) 856-5409.  Please be sure to have the following information:

  • Nature of the violation
  • Street address of the violation
  • Description of any vehicles (including License Number) or other items involved in the complaint