Code Compliance provides services for the administration and enforcement of ordinances, regulations, and the flood damage prevention program. We conduct disaster mitigation/response planning, assist in development of plans and ordinances, and conduct code compliance activities in all areas of the Borough except the incorporated cities. We conduct field inspections, investigate violations, and take appropriate action to gain compliance. The Code Compliance office is located on the second floor of the Borough Building in Palmer.
Please provide a detailed description of the location where the problem is occurring. The best way to describe the location is by Subdivision name, lot and block number, Township, Range, Section (TRS) or street address. One way of obtaining this information is by looking up the property via the Search for Real Property page. An accurate description of where the problem is occurring will ensure staff conducts an investigation on the appropriate site. Please complete the complaint form as completely as possible.
The Matanuska Susitna Borough Code Compliance staff received over 373 complaints in 2014 regarding junk and trash and general complaints relating to other borough codes; such as structure setback violations. Staff attempts to be consistent in handling cases and always encourages voluntary compliance.
Staff will attempt to resolve problems with the least intrusive method and at the lowest public expense possible.
Upon receipt of a complaint, the Code Compliance Officer will issue a letter or call to inform the property owner (or other responsible party) that the borough received a complaint and request information to conduct an investigation into the complaint.
If you are not sure what needs to be corrected, or believe your property is in compliance with borough code please contact the Code Compliance office to discuss the issue in more detail.
The Code Officer will conduct a site visit and research the complaint then make a determination regarding the complaint. The Code Officer will contact the responsible party by mail or phone if there appears to be a violation of borough code. In addition, the officer will attempt to negotiate a reasonable amount of time for the responsible party to correct the problem. Solutions may include establishing nonconforming rights or seeking a variance for setback issues or by requesting the accumulation of junk and trash on the property be reduced. If a violation does not exist, no further action will be taken. A closure notice will not be issued. However, feel free to contact the Code Compliance office to check on the status of the complaint at any time.
A Warning Notice provides a legal notice that a violation has been observed by the Code Compliance Officer. The Warning Notice will contain the name and phone number of the officer who issued it. This notice will put the owner or tenant of the property (or perhaps both) on notice that there is a problem and there is set amount of time to correct the problem.
If negotiated agreements for compliance, letter requesting compliance, or Warning Notices do not result in compliance, a Citation can be issued. The Citation will state the violation and the fines imposed. A citation can be contested and the instructions are provided on the back.
If the citation is not contested a default judgment is entered and the fines must be paid.
Enforcement Orders are generally issued when more than one option is being made available. Enforcement Orders may be appealed to the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, see MSB 15.39. If you receive an Enforcement Order and wish to appeal it, you must file your appeal with the Borough Clerk as required under MSB 15.39.140 Appeals Commencement. The Clerks Office is located on the second floor of the Borough Building. Responsible parties may be anyone who causes or knowingly allows violations to occur. Property owners are responsible for violations of code on their property. Other responsible parties include tenants, contractors, guests, dependents, trespassers, etc.
A reasonable amount of temporary outdoor storage of junk and trash, which is visible from off the property, is allowed by borough code so long as it does not cause a public nuisance and is in compliance with all codes. The interpretation of "reasonable" is determined by considering the negative impact of the junk on nearby property and on public health and safety.
|Matanuska Towing||745-5252||Junk Vehicle Removal|
|Bear Necessities Coalition||733-2111||Talkeetna Area|
|Knik Towing & Wrecking||376-2584||Salvage Yard|
|Alaska Car Crushing||357-5865||Salvage Yard & Junk Vehicle Removal|
|Happy Hooker Towing||376-9114 or
|Junk Vehicle Removal|
|Valley Community for Recycling Solutions||745-5544||Recycling Drop off and Recycling Education|
|MSB Central Landfill||861-7600||Call for Details|
|MSB Public Works Department / Solid Waste Division||861-7605||Abandoned Vehicles - Borough Roads only|
|Durgeloh Truck Salvage||376-3958||Vehicle Salvage|
|1-800-GOT-JUNK||907-562-5865||Junk & Trash Removal|
Please note other Borough Departments as well as State and Federal Agencies may also Require Permits.
Utility Locates (Statewide 1-800-478-3121)
A plan review must be completed by the appropriate Fire Official. For information about fire codes in the Central Mat-Su Fire Service Area visit the Fire Code Life Safety area of the Borough's website. For other areas in the borough contact the Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office.
If you are building a structure within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, but outside special use districts and the incorporated cities of Palmer, Wasilla, and Houston you must meet the following setbacks. Please note, other setbacks may apply within Special Land Use Districts and for Conditional Uses.
Check with staff if your property has less than 60' of frontage on a public right-of-way, or if your structure was constructed before July 3, 1973. Please note there maybe setback requirements in subdivision covenants or plat notes. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough does not enforce covenants or plat notes.
|25'||Right-of-way (including access easement)*|
|10'||Side and rear lot lines|
|75'||Any water body or watercourse|
|100'||For sub-surface sewage disposal system- from any water body or watercourse|
Note: Wells, septic tanks and drain fields may not be located within a public right-of-way
For more information regarding septics please contact AK DEC at 907-269-7500 or the Wasilla office at 376-1850 or via their website.
With the exception of New Year's Eve. Please refer to MSB Code 8.35
From April 1 to August 31 a person who throws away lighted tobacco, cigar, cigarette, match, firecracker, or other burning material on forested land, whether public or private, is guilty of a misdemeanor under state law.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch an authorized public display. If you choose to discharge fireworks in a legal area, remember these tips.
Remember, fireworks can cause wildfires and serious personal injury
For more information about fireworks in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, contact Development Services at 907-861-7822.
Fireworks can create fire and safety hazards.
The private use of fireworks is prohibited in all of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough outside the city limits throughout the year with the exception of NEW YEAR'S EVE.
The discharge of 1.4G or "Salable fireworks" shall be allowed annually without a permit on private property with the permission of the property owner and under the direct supervision of a person 21 years or older, during the seven hour period beginning at 6:00 pm on December 31st and ending at 1:00 am on January 1st.
REMEMBER TO BE RESPECTFUL AND RESPONSIBLE WHEN USING FIREWORKS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE
Burn permits for outdoor burning are required from April 1 - August 31
Division of Forestry - Daily Burn Information 761-6312
For small burns (10 feet X 10 feet or smaller), a General Permit is required from the Division of Forestry.
NOTE: EPA & DEC regulations prohibit the burning of plastics, hydrocarbons and synthetic materials. When dispatched to an outdoor fire call, fire personnel must extinguish even small fires containing these products.
Final Note: Burn permit violations and/or EPA-DEC violations may result in a fine. Obtain burn permits, follow burn permit requirements, and burn safely. If you observe an illegal or unsafe outdoor burn call 911 for a fire response.
MONITOR ANY CHILDREN IN THE AREA WHEN BURNING ALWAYS BURN SAFELY!
In March 2019 the MSB Assembly passed ordinance 19-032 creating MSB code 8.75 on air quality.
This code did these basic things:
1. Repealed outdated MSB code 8.30.
2. Implemented "air quality management plan" that details the who/what/why of air quality management in the Mat-Su Borough.
3. Creates a Greater Butte Area Air Quality District (GBAAQD) that follows the boundaries of the Butte Community Council.
4. Prohibits "outdoor burning" in the GBAAQD during the few times most winters when cold air inversions trap fine particulates to the point of exceeding the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) as measured at the Butte Air Quality Monitor for a 24-hour period or longer. Over the last 10 years this has ranged from 0 to 8 days per year, with an average of five days where the NAAQS was exceeded for fine particulates (PM2.5). These exceedences almost always occur during cold air inversions that form in the Butte area in November through February.
5. Prohibits open burning of certain materials that produce black smoke, including plastic, asphalt, rubber, and oil wastes.
For more information on MSB air quality please visit MatsuAir.com