The Kitsap Nuisance Abatement Team (KNAT) is a multi-agency team represented by members of Kitsap County Code Compliance; Kitsap County Public Works Solid Waste and Stormwater Divisions; Kitsap Animal Control; Kitsap Public Health District; Kitsap County Housing & Homelessness Division; Kitsap County Sheriff; Kitsap County Fire Marshal; and Kitsap County Prosecutor. The team also involves other Federal, State, and local agencies to assist with abatements as needed.
The KNAT team supports safe and healthy communities in Kitsap County by providing outreach and education to prevent public nuisances and by working with property owners and other agencies to resolve current nuisances.
We only begin abatement projects on properties that are recognized to have substantial unresolved issues by two or more of the KNAT agencies. Citizens can make complaints to each agency as it applies to a particular nuisance, but properties that ultimately end up on the our assessment list are decided by the team on a case-by-case basis.
We remedy nuisance properties through:
Outreach and educationVoluntary Compliance AgreementsCivil InfractionsFilings of lawsuits to obtain Warrants of AbatementsPerforming abatement work and ordering Lien on property for Judgement amount
Outreach and education
Voluntary Compliance Agreements
Filings of lawsuits to obtain Warrants of Abatements
Performing abatement work and ordering Lien on property for Judgement amount
The definition of a "public nuisance" varies by source (codes, ordinances, dictionary, Wikipedia, etc.), but they all have one thing in common - a public nuisance is something that interferes or threatens the welfare of the immediate community.
Click below to learn how Washington State and Kitsap County define a public nuisance:
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 7.48Kitsap County Code 9.56
Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 7.48
Solid waste (trash, junk, litter, animal waste) accumulating outside of trash cans or approved receptaclesInoperable motor vehicles within public viewDilapidated buildings or structures that are open or unsecuredFailing septic systems or illegal discharges of sewageIllegal dumpingObstructions to a public right-of-way
Solid waste (trash, junk, litter, animal waste) accumulating outside of trash cans or approved receptacles
Inoperable motor vehicles within public view
Dilapidated buildings or structures that are open or unsecured
Failing septic systems or illegal discharges of sewage
Obstructions to a public right-of-way
2020 Before and After Photos
Code Compliance Request Form
Report Illegal Dumping & Garbage
Dispute Resolution for Civil Issues
Commissioner's Policy for DCD Code Compliance Entry onto Private Property
Kitsap County Code
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