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Code Enforcement

The Palos Verdes Estates City Council has implemented and adopted City Municipal Codes specifically intended to address public nuisances, nonstandard construction/encroachments, and to maintain an overall clean environment for all people in our community. The Code Enforcement Department is committed to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment. We help maintain and improve the quality of our community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program. 

 

The Code Enforcement Process

The Code Enforcement process begins when the Code Enforcement officer observes a violation; a citizen calls in a complaint; a letter or email complaint is received or other City departments or entities make a complaint initiating the process. All complaints are investigated and verified by the City’s Code Enforcement officer and if a violation exists, the officer will take further action toward obtaining voluntary compliance.

If you would like to file a complaint or have questions regarding conditions in your neighborhood, please call (310) 378-0383. You will need to provide the address of the property as well as a specific description of the complaint. When code violations are verified to exist, a written notice may be left at the violation site, hand delivered, and/or mailed to the violator or property owner. The notice explains the type of violation(s) that exist and specifies a certain number of days given for the violation to be corrected to comply with the Palos Verdes Estates Municipal Codes. A re-inspection of the property will take place to determine if the violation(s) have been corrected. Our goal is to gain compliance by working with the resident; however, in some cases, we may also issue citations, hold administrative or abatement hearings or use other legal means to achieve compliance.

Common Code Violations

• Nonstandard construction / encroachments
• Non-permitted posting of real estate, yard sale, political, and various advertising signs PVE Realtors flyer 03.12.15
• Overgrown and/or dead vegetation
• Public nuisances on public or private property. Such as trash containers, old appliances, junk, abandoned or inoperable vehicles or other visual nuisances.
• The illegal placement of fences, walls, and other structures in side yard setbacks and public right-of-ways.
• Non-permitted Recreational Vehicle Parking or storage
• Unmaintained Swimming Pools