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CODE ENFORCEMENT DIVISION

For Code Enforcement concerns, call 626-570-3230.
For remodeling concerns, call 626-570-5034.
 

MAINTAIN THE EXTERIOR APPEARANCE OF YOUR HOME
A well-maintained home presents a pleasing appearance,
enhancing the neighborhood and economy of the community.

EXTERIOR:

  • Maintain exterior appearance by painting areas of your house and garage that have become weathered or where the paint is peeling.
  • Repair all visibly broken or deteriorated items such as light fixtures, window or door screens, walls and fences, etc.
  • Do not hang clothes out to dry on a clothesline in a front or side yard, on a porch, fence or balcony railing.
     

LANDSCAPING:

  • Regularly water and maintain the landscaping of your property in front of your home, including the city parkway (except trees maintained by the City).
  • Overgrown vegetation that detracts from the appearance of the home and the neighborhood is not permitted.
    Adequate groundcover is required to minimize erosion.
  • Artificial turf in place of grass is NOT acceptable ground cover. Acceptable ground cover includes grass, ice plant, ivy, flowers and similar plant life. Decorative stone, brick, gravel and decorative bark are acceptable ground covers only if combined with at least 50% live vegetation.
  • Cut and maintain your lawn and parkway on a weekly basis. High grass or dead lawns contribute to blighted conditions and create a nuisance. It can also make grass fires more dangerous for firefighters and homeowners.
  • To reduce interference with vehicles, pedestrians, water drainage, or street maintenance, trim all vegetation,
    shrubs, bushes and trees on a regularly so they do not overhang on sidewalks, parkways, curbs or streets.
    Title XXIII Zoning, Chapter 23.48 Landscaping Standards
    Title IX Public Peace & Safety, Chapter 9.70 Landscaping of Residential Yards
     

WATERING:

  • Effective August 1, 2014, mandatory water restrictions are in place in the City of Alhambra, per the implementation of the Mandatory Conservation section of our Water Shortage Plan (AMC 15.25). For more information, view the following webpage.
  • Despite these restrictions, residents who leave their lawn and landscaping to become dry and turn brown, and subsequently die, are at risk of receiving a Code Enforcement violation notice.
  • Residents who consume high amounts of water will be notified to investigate and/or repair the problem. If someone is deliberately wasting water, they will be notified to cease immediately. Residents are often not aware that they have a sprinkler line break (or a leaky toilet), which are the major causes of water waste.
  • Report sites where water is being wasted to waterwatcher@cityofalhambra.org.
    (The site is monitored by the City's Utilities Department.)
  • Watering Tips:
    • ​Water your yard in the morning or evening for 10 minutes to avoid the strong heat of the sun that accelerates evaporation.
    • Reduce sprinkler use during the rainy season and consider using native and drought-tolerant plants in your garden to reduce outdoor water consumption.
    • Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass shades root systems and holds soil moisture better than a closely clipped lawn.
    • Do not water plants unless they need it. When a plant shows signs of wilting (especially in the morning), or when you dig down several inches near the base of the plant and it is bone dry, that’s your cue to water.
    • Deep soak each time you water. Watering deeply and infrequently creates a healthy root system that can better withstand heat and drought.
    • Install irrigation devices that are the most water efficient for each use.
    • Use watering cans, whenever possible, especially when watering just a few patio plants. Watering with a hose may actually put more water on the patio than in the containers as you move from plant to plant.
    • Use a layer of organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save water.
    • Weed lawn and garden regularly. Weeds compete with other plants for nutrients, light, and water.
       

PARKING:

  • Do not park on your front or side yard or anywhere that blocks the sidewalk.
  • Move or store any vehicle that is inoperable out of public view.
    Title IX Public Peace & Safety, Chapter 9.95.020
    Vehicular Parking on Residentially-Used Front or Side Yards

     

REMODELING:

  • Don't subdivide your home into more than one residential unit.
  • Before expanding, get approval from the Planning Division at 626-570-5034.
  • Don't convert a garage, shed or other building to living space. It is only safe and legal to live in a garage, attic or basement that has been legally converted to a habitable room with proper building permits.
    TITLE XX Building and Construction
    TITLE XXIII Zoning

     

DEADBOLTS:

  • The Uniform Building Code requires that deadbolts are operational from the inside without a key or any special knowledge. Deadbolts with a latch on the inside are the ones approved for residential use.
    TITLE XX Building and Construction

     

GARAGE:

  • Remove excessive storage in your garage.
  • Garages are to be used for parking vehicles.
    TITLE XX Building and Construction
    TITLE XXIII Zoning

     

SATELLITE DISHES:

  • Before installing a satellite dish, call the Planning Division at 626-570-5034.
    TITLE XXIII Zoning, Chapter 23.46: Satellite Dish Antenna Regulations 
     

SMOKE DETECTORS:

  • Landlords are responsible for ensuring that there is a properly-functioning smoke detector when a tenant moves in. Thereafter, the tenant is responsible for regularly maintaining the smoke detector and making sure it's in proper working order.
  • In apartments and all other dwellings, if the battery is dead or there is another defect, the owner must make the repairs or replace the faulty unit upon written notice of the condition by the tenant.
     

SWIMMING POOLS:

  • All rules apply to permanent and temporary pools.
  • Surround pool with a 6-foot fence having a self-closing gate.
  • Drain pool into the sewer, not into the street or a storm drain.
  • Clean pool regularly.
    TITLE IX: Public Peace & Safety, Chapter 9.52 Swimming Pool Fences

     

TRASH & RECYCLING CONTAINERS

  • Store trash/recycling containers out of public view.
  • Place trash, yard waste and recycling containers on the curb for disposal anytime after noon on the day before collection and remove them before 6 a.m. the day after collection.
  • Scavenging or removing items from trash cans or recycling containers is prohibited.
  • Do not throw used motor oil (and filters) in the trash or down any type of drain. Recycle them by taking them to a certified used oil recycling center.
  • Take household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste to a local roundup.
  • For more information on solid waste disposal and recycling, click here.
    TITLE VI: Health and Sanitation
     

PETS & OTHER ANIMALS:

  • A household may have two dogs, but only one cat is allowed within 300-feet of any neighboring residences. No more than 5 cats are allowed within 1000-feet of any neighboring residences.
  • It is unlawful for any resident to keep a rooster. Chickens are allowed only under the following regulations: to run at large within 40-feet of any neighboring dwelling house or structure used as a dwelling house, or to keep within 15-feet of any side and rear property lines, except where the rear of the property abuts on a property line, but in any case a distance of 15-feet from side property lines shall be maintained.
    TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.150 Loud Barking
    TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.120 Keeping More than Two Dogs Prohibited
    TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.158 Dogs Restrained from Running at Large
     

 

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