Code Enforcement Mission Statement
The Code Enforcement Division's primary goal is to work towards improving the quality of life for all residents of Umatilla County by protecting the landscape. We seek to provide valuable service to all citizens while faithfully supporting the ordinances that govern land use for our county. We strive to promote voluntary compliance on code violations, and focus on providing education and opportunities to property owners for a satisfactory and lasting result.
Code Enforcement is responsible for enforcing the Solid Waste and Development Code of Ordinances for Umatilla County. Our jurisdiction covers all unincorporated areas of Umatilla County and some urban growth areas. Please note: we do not respond to complaints for properties within any city limits.
Common types of violations handled by Code
Enforcement include, but are not limited to:
Accumulation of Solid Waste
Abandoned vehicles on private property
Land Use / Zoning Permits
Illegal placement of Manufactured Homes
Unlicensed and/or Inoperable Vehicle Storage
Water on Roadway
Operation of non permitted businesses
Examples of Solid Waste: refuse, garbage,
scrap metal/wood, rubble, tires, automotive parts,
animal waste, construction/demolition materials,
household appliances, hazardous or industrial waste,
junk vehicles, dilapidated structures
CLEAN UP PROGRAM is also available for groups
to participate in cleaning up areas in Umatilla
County. Learn more and take advantage of this
Filing A Complaint
Complaints may be filed by:
In Person: Visit the Code Enforcement Office in the CountyCourthouse, 216 SE 4th ST, Pendleton, Oregon.
By Phone: Call the Code
Enforcement Offices at (541) 278-6300; you may leave
a message after hours.
In Writing: you can print
out the Complaint
Form and mail to the Code Enforcement Office
By Email: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
send an email describing the complaint with detail.
Form, complete the Complaint Form with enough
detail to allow a proper investigation.
Complaints are held confidential.
Complaints are normally handled in the order in
which they are received, but some complaints may be
handled more urgently if timeliness is an important
issue to the safety of the public or
environment. Please provide as much
information as possible in the complaint;
describe the exact nature of the violation, the
duration of the violation, and complete directions
to the site. If the Officer determines
that a Code Violation does exist, a 30 day Warning
will be issued to the property owner. Our
department does make every effort to encourage
voluntary compliance with the property
owner. Time extensions may be granted if
the property owner is demonstrating attempts to
bring their property into compliance. If
there is no attempt at compliance or no progress in
an agreed upon amount of time, the Officer will then
issue a Citation to the property owner to appear in