In a recent opinion linked here—Post v. Tacoma, the Washington Supreme Court struck down a number of building code violation penalties that the City of Tacoma had assessed against a property owner. The City assessed numerous fines against the owner (Post) based on the condition of a some of his properties in the City. The ordinance at issue permitted the assessment of daily fines for continuing building code violations, which is a common element of local code compliance provisions. The Court, however, took issue with the fact that the City "ha[d] no procedures in place for civil defendants to appeal any but the first penalty." That is, once fines had begun accruing, there was not an adequate process in place for the landowner to contest the violation. A majority of the Court found that the code provisions authorizing these penalties violated procedural due process requirements and thus were unconstitutional on their face and as applied to Post.The majority also found that the State’s Land Use Petition Act (LUPA) did not apply to Post’s appeal, so Post was not required to comply with LUPA’s procedural requirements for challenging the City’s action. The dissenting justices, on the other hand, believed that Post’s failure to file his complaint under LUPA precluded judicial review of his claims. This opinion reiterates the importance of an owner’s procedural rights to contest penalties assessed by a city or county. It is also a reminder that an owner should take quick action to address notices of code violations in order to avoid unnecessary expenses.