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Codes Enforced
Disabled or Abandoned Vehicles
Cars are considered to be abandoned when parked on a city street for more than 10 days, or have a vehicle license expired for more than 45 days.

Vehicles parked on private property that are abandoned or inoperable must be sheltered, and not visible from the street or other public or private property. Definitions and descriptions of abandoned vehicles and proper methods of sheltering these vehicles are found in 6.04.050 (Q) of the Monroe Municipal Code.

Garage Sales
Garage sales shall be permitted for not more than three days, no more often than three times per year and no more than one such sale every 30 days.

Any signs advertising such sales shall be removed immediately at the conclusion of the sale. Signs must be portable, are not permitted on poles or affixed (staked) to the ground. No signs are permitted in the medians of the roads. Monroe Municipal Code specific to Garage sales, and signs may be viewed in chapter 5.04.

Graffiti
Private property owners or residents are responsible for removal of graffiti that has been placed on their private property. If the property owner is not physically able or financially able to remove the graffiti, there are community groups that have volunteered to assist with this process, and the property owner should contact the CSO for assistance.

Large Vehicles
Boats, recreational vehicles, and utility trailers are permitted to be parked on city streets up to 24 hours only.

Vehicles in excess of 12,500 pounds are not permitted to be parked off the truck route without an Overweight Parking Permit. Overweight parking permit applications may be obtained at City Hall.

Location of Garbage Cans
Garbage cans are required to be kept in a place on the owner’s or occupant’s lot or parcel of land, except when placed in the right of way for pick-up. Emptied garbage cans and containers shall be removed from the right-of-way on the scheduled pick-up day.

Nuisances
Nuisances include weeds, trash, rubbish, abandoned materials, all unnecessary loud noises, stagnant water, and dilapidated structures / walls. No person may maintain, use, place, leave, or permit any nuisance to remain on any public or private property.

Sign Permitting on Right of Way
There are very few signs that are allowed on the right-of-way. The right-of-way includes the street, the sidewalk, and the parkway (grass area) between the sidewalk and the street. If there is no sidewalk, the right of way is approximately 12 feet past the edge of the pavement.

Garage Sale signs as described in the Garage Sale section are permitted temporarily in the right of way on the day of the sale only. Political signs are permitted to be placed in the right of way. Free standing Real Estate Open House signs are allowed to be placed along right of way, only while the house is open for viewing, while a sales representative is present at the location.

No signs are allowed to be placed at anytime in the medians (center plant areas) of the streets. The following signs are prohibited from the right-of-way and shall be removed immediately:
  • Advertising
  • Lost pet
  • Events
  • Recruitments

Trash Disposal on Streets
It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, throw, discard or place any trash, litter, paper, garbage, cans, bottles, leaves, grass clippings, or other waste materials onto any public street or sidewalk.

Other Common Complaints
  • Abandoned refrigerators
  • All dangerous, unguarded machinery
  • Annoying fumes and smells
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Noise complaints
  • Obstruction of streets and alleys
  • Properties in Substandard Condition

Monroe Police Department
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818 W. Main St.
Monroe, WA 98272

Phone: 360-794-6300
TTY: 360-863-4627
Tip Line: 360-863-4600
Fax: 360-794-3129

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or 425-407-3970.  For non-emergencies, please call 425-407-3999.