Front Yard Car Ports Prohibited

Bob Younk doesn’t see his front yard car port as a code violation. Bob said, “I don’t think it’s an eyesore at all. It’s a protector, it’s not creating a hazard.

Bob’s mother Bonnie has one at her home and she too has been notified by Bellevue Code Enforcement it must come down. Bonnie said, “You pay your taxes on this land why can’t you improve it?”

In 2002 Bellevue passed the ordinance restricting unattached structures in front of homes in the city. However the removal of those structures like car ports hasn’t been enforced as various city councils reviewed the law.

Recently code enforcement officer Police Sgt. Larry Lampman met with city officials in the new administration and several new city council members. Lampman said he was told to start enforcing the law.

Though the Younks contend their car ports had been erected prior to the ordinance, Sgt. Lampman said he knows of no grandfather rights. Lampman said, “If I don’t write every one of them up and someone gets one they’re going to ask why I got picked and the other was allowed to stay there. We have to be fair.”

Younk complained that his city councilman who supports enforcement also owner a rental property three doors down. Younk said, “It just seems like a conflict of interest.

Bellevue City Council Member Scott Houghtaling told Six On Your Side, “In four years of owning rental property down there he’s had that shed and I never said a thing. It’s just an ordinance that needs to be enforced and has nothing to do with me having rental property there.”

Three homeowners have received violation notices and they have 30 days to appeal. City code enforcers will issue removal notices to any other property owner with a front yard structure that violates the ordinance.

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