The City of Ferndale works hard to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. One way that we do that is responding to violations of the Ferndale Municipal Code.
We have a dedicated individual that works on these issues to make sure that everyone can live in safe buildings and healthy communities. This page should answer some of your questions about Code Enforcement.
If there is an emergency, please call 911. The Police Department will then contact City Hall about the incident.
Notice of Violation and Stop Work Orders
What do I do if I receive a “Notice of Violation” or “Stop Work Order”? The first thing to do is to read the letter carefully. The document contains specific information about why you have received the letter, what needs to be done to resolve the violation and how to proceed.
After thoroughly reading the letter, you may contact City staff with any questions. The staff member in charge of your case and their contact information should be clearly stated at the bottom of the page. Most violations can easily be resolved when responsible parties work with City staff toward compliance with applicable City code provisions.
Having neighbors can be a blessing or a source of frustration, often both, but it is important to keep the peace.
There are many issues that can be solved by Ferndale’s Code Compliance (overgrown vegetation, illegal parking, etc.); however, not all issues fall under our jurisdiction. The City does not become involved with property line disputes, landlord/tenant issues, or other civil issues between property owners.
The following are potential resources to assist you with civil disputes.
- Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center – https://www.whatcomdrc.org/
- Association of Manufactured Home Owners – http://www.wamho.org/
- Washington Law Help https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/housing
These resources are here to help you out, but sometimes the easiest thing is to take a moment to talk the issue through with your neighbor.