- Trespass Information
This program is only for Business addresses within the City limits of Centralia.
WHAT IS THE LAW REGARDING TRESPASSING IN CENTRALIA?
RCW 9A.52.070 - Criminal Trespass in the first degree - A person is guilty of criminal trespass in the first degree if he or she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in a building.
RCW 9A.52.080 - Criminal Trespass in the second degree - A person is guilty of criminal trespass in the second degree if he or she knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon the premises of another under circumstances not constituting criminal trespass in the first degree.
RCW 9A.52.010(3) - "Premises" includes any building, dwelling, structure used for commercial aquaculture, or any real property.
RCW 9A.52.105 & 9A.52.115 also provide additional information regarding the removal of unauthorized persons.
TRESPASSING AN INDIVIDUAL
As a property owner or manager, you have the right to prohibit a person from entering or remaining on property, including a building and any alcove and/or adjoined parking lot, under your control. A property owner/manager may inform a person they are “trespassed” from the property and they are no longer allowed to be on the property. If a person refuses to leave or re-enters the property after being informed they are trespassed, that person may be subject to arrest. A person may be advised they are trespassed verbally. However, in order to ensure a successful prosecution, it is recommended that the person being trespassed be provided a written “Notice of Trespass.”
Below is a link for a Notice of Trespass. The owner/manager can fill out the Notice of Trespass and then submit/print it. This will provide the owner/manager with a copy of the Notice of Trespass which then can be provided to the person and/or be saved by the owner/manager for future reference. The submission of the Notice of Trespass will send a copy to the Centralia Police Department. This copy will be added to police a police data base for access by police officers 24/7.
To remove a Notice of Trespass on an individual and allow them access to the property is as simple as the owner/manager of the property emailing email@example.com and requesting the Notice of Trespass be removed on the person.
To submit/print a Notice of Trespass: Notice of Trespass
Trespass Letter of Consent Information
WHAT IS A TRESPASS LETTER OF CONSENT? HOW WILL IT BE USEFUL TO ME?
A Trespass Letter of Consent (TLC) is a specifically worded, legal document which allows a police officer to take enforcement action, on your behalf, without contacting you first.
Police officers do not have the authority to go onto private property and remove individuals or request them to leave without the consent of the property owner. If an officer observes someone on private property, when the business is closed, or a problem is called in by someone who does not have the authority to sign a trespass complaint, the Centralia Police Department must then contact the person who is legally responsible for the property. A Trespass Letter of Consent gives Centralia Police officers permission to act on the property owner's/manager's behalf, in trespass situations.
Officers who observe trespassers on private property can then immediately address the problem, rather than be delayed in acting or be unable to take action at all.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO DO?
In addition to filing the trespass letter, your property must be posted with "No Trespassing" signs for immediate enforcement action. These signs should not include any language directed at loitering as there is no law that can be enforced regarding loitering. If there is not a "No Trespassing" sign present, the Officer will issue a notice of trespass form for future enforcement.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Should an officer respond to your property, he/she will be notified by dispatch if there is a Trespass Letter of Consent filed on the property. Once the letter has been confirmed, the officer will take appropriate action.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I CHANGE MY MIND OR SELL MY PROPERTY?
You may revoke your Trespass Letter of Consent at any time. Simply notify us of your wishes in writing a firstname.lastname@example.org and your letter will be removed from the records. Although trespass letters have no expiration date, if the status of the property changes in any way, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible and arrange for your trespass letter to be updated.
To submit a Trespass Letter of Consent: Trespass Letter Application
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Centralia Police Department at 360-330-7680 or email@example.com