Code Compliance Officer | Port Townsend, WA

Employer: City of Port Townsend
Job Type: Full Time, Hourly Teamsters Represented
Division: Development Services Department
Salary: $31.11 - $35.34 Hourly DOQ
Location: Port Townsend, WA
Opening Date: 01/12/2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled - Review begins 02/01/2021

Job Description:

Under supervision of Development Services Director, perform a variety of routine and complex work in the interpretation and enforcement of adopted codes and related rules and regulations. Investigate and resolve potential violations and collaborate with residents and businesses to achieve voluntary compliance with codes. Work with City Attorney's office and Police Department to prepare cases for prosecution when necessary.

Job Duties:

  • Respond to and investigate complaints regarding violations of City ordinances and regulations; conduct field investigations regarding possible violations of codes and ordinances including land use development, zoning, public nuisances, abandoned and junk vehicles, property maintenance, signs, right of way use, and other land use and building codes.
  • Determine extent of violation, viable solutions and course of action; issue warnings, correction notices or citations and set deadlines for compliance and follow-up.
  • Coordinate code compliance information and actions with other departments, jurisdictions, or regulatory agencies.
  • Write civil infractions.
  • Meet with owners, tenants, contractors, developers, businesses to review and explain code requirements and violations or potential violations and secure code compliance.
  • Provide information to those who request information or assistance in code enforcement related matters.
  • Coordinate with Police, Public Works, Prosecuting Attorney and other staff or agencies as needed.
  • Maintain accurate, organized and up to date records, files and evidence necessary to support code enforcement activities.
  • Assist with public inquiries at the front counter.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Valid Washington State Drivers License and driving record acceptable to City's insurance carrier
  • 2 years experience dealing with public in code compliance, planning or building inspection

Additional consideration may be given for the following qualifications:

  • Code Enforcement Officer Certification (must obtain within reasonable time period after hire, preferable within one year)
  • ICC Certification as Residential Building Inspector (see above)
  • Two years college or technical school in relevant field
  • Additional years of experience as a building inspector, land use specialist, law enforcement officer or related field


  • Knowledge of municipal code enforcement methods and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of applicable laws, standards and regulations relating to various land use, building, nuisance, and public safety codes.
  • Knowledge of investigative principles and practices, rights of entry regulations and other legal procedures for nuisance abatement processes.   
  • Ability to interact with the public, other agencies and City employees with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and effectively deal with difficult or angry people.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in determining appropriate abatement actions and when to seek advice or guidance from other departments or supervisors.
  • Ability to comprehend and articulate complex facts and relationships in an objective, concise and professional manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work productively with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of independent judgment, initiative and discretion.
  • Ability to use standard office software packages, including Microsoft Word, Excel and specialized permit tracking programs. Experience with GIS desirable.


  • Punctual and consistent attendance
  • Dress and grooming appropriate to the position
  • Deal tactfully and courteously with the public
  • Safety attire, equipment and practices appropriate to the position
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees

The City of Port Townsend is an equal opportunity employer without discrimination because of age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or presence of a disability.  Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make reasonable accommodation of working conditions or methods in order to perform the duties of the position. This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed. The employee occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisors. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City and the employee and is subject to change as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.

Supplemental Information:


  • Ability to lift 60 pounds
  • Walking for extended periods of time
  • Some duties may be performed outside during all types of weather
  • Full range of motor skills, dexterity of hands and fingers
  • Repeated bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching
  • Vision and hearing at level required to perform essential functions (may be corrected)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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