How does the code enforcement process work?

The process may begin with either a complaint filed by a resident or business or by City Staff observing a problem through the City's Code Enforcement program. The City has a Code Enforcement Officer whose responsibility is to investigate complaints of property maintenance and Municipal Code violations. The City's Code Enforcement Officer also periodically patrols the City proactively to ensure compliance with the City's property maintenance and Municipal Code provisions. Most often, a code enforcement action is initiated through a complaint filed by a resident or business.

After a complaint is received, an inspection is made to determine the validity, nature, and extent of the concern. If a code violation is observed, the property owner is informed and given an opportunity to bring the property into compliance. If corrective action is not completed in a reasonable manner or time and after repeated attempts on the part of the Code Enforcement Officer to resolve the issue(s) the City may, as a last resort issue an administrative citation or file a criminal complaint with the City Prosecutor's office. However, the primary goal is to resolve the code violation through voluntary compliance and the vast majority of cases are resolved in this manner.

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1. How does the code enforcement process work?
2. What is an administrative citation?
3. What are the City's requirements for noise control and how can I make a complaint about noise?
4. What are the allowable hours for maintenance of real property?
5. Can I keep my portable basketball backstop on the sidewalk or in the street?
6. What regulations apply to the storage and placement of trash cans?
7. How do I dispose of large or bulky items?
8. Branches and limbs from my neighbor's tree are growing over my property. Can the City require them to be cut?
9. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
10. Is there a limit to the number of dogs / cats that I may have?
11. Can I park my motor home on the street in front of my residence?
12. Out-of-town visitors are coming and would like to park their recreational vehicle (RV) on the street. Is this permissible?
13. I recently purchased an RV and have not yet obtained a space in a storage facility. May I park it on the street temporarily?
14. Can I park vehicles on the front lawn area of my home?
15. Who can I call regarding a barking dog nuisance?
16. Who can I call regarding rats, mosquitoes, or flies?
17. I operate a business in the City of Los Alamitos. Can I post a temporary sign or banner in front of my business?
18. Can I operate a "home-based business" from my residence?
19. What can I do if I believe something is in violation of the City Code?
20. Do I have to identify myself in order to lodge a code enforcement complaint?
21. What is required if I would like to fly a drone?
22. The information I'm looking for is not here. How can I contact the Code Enforcement Division?
23. Who do I report Graffiti to?