City of Washington Code of Ordinances & Code Enforcement
The City of Washington Code Enforcement Department is dedicated to educating and informing citizens of the codes and ordinances established for the city by the Mayor and City Council, which set minimum requirements and standards regarding property and structures to promote and protect the public health, safety, convenience, order, and general welfare of all its citizens. These minimum standards are designed to preserve and improve the quality of life for present and future citizens of the city and promote a sense of community, preserve the sanctity of the family, facilitate quiet and peaceful neighborhoods, limit congestion of motor vehicles, and control transiency.
The Code Enforcement Department is responsible for enforcing the Code of Ordinances of the City of Washington, Georgia Chapter 38 (Health and Sanitation), ARTICLE II NUISANCES, International Property Maintenance Code, International Existing Building Code.
This unit is comprised of two code enforcement officers.
A Notice of Violation will be issued with a compliance deadline. Upon follow up, if the violation(s) still exists, a citation can be issued.
Citation cases are heard in Municipal Court at City Hall, 102 East Liberty Street in Washington, Georgia. Each ordinance lists its penalties. For example, Code of Ordinances violations are subject to a minimum $100 fine, not to exceed $1,000 per day or 180 days in jail. Each day the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.