Code Enforcement Division

The Code Enforcement Division serves to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the City's residents and visitors by providing comprehensive education and enforcement effort that promotes voluntary compliance and prompt correction of violations with the City's municipal codes. The focus of Code Enforcement is to investigate violations of laws or ordinances relating to public health, safety and welfare, the operation of businesses, consumer protection, building standards, land-use regulations, and other municipal interests. Code Enforcement Officers typically respond to complaints filed by citizens. However, they also conduct proactive enforcement when necessary.

The typical process begins with a complaint from a citizen or by city staff observing a problem. The primary goal of code enforcement in Alhambra is to determine if there is a violation and then to seek voluntary compliance to correct the violation. The majority of residents or business owners are very cooperative and quickly correct the issue with support and guidance from Code Enforcement staff. If voluntary compliance does not work or in the case of serious or repeat offenders, Correction Notices, Administrative Citations, Public Nuisance Hearings, Office Conferences, Inspection and Abatement Warrants, Criminal Citation or any other remedy available to the City may be used to achieve compliance.

To schedule a meeting, please call (626) 570-3230, or email Staff is available at the Community Development Department Counter Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am - 9:00 am and 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm.


  • Develop a community outreach program
  • Educate Everybody on "What We Do?"
  • To encourage responsible property maintenance
  • To gain voluntary compliance
  • To make Alhambra a safer and cleaner place to live, work and visit
  • To provide prompt, courteous and professional service

Instructions for Calling the Hotline

  • Hotline Phone Number: 626-570-3230

Depending on the time of your call, a staff member or voice message recorder will answer. Please leave the location and description of the violation, and your name and telephone number. All reports are handled confidentially. Code Enforcement staff investigate and enforce city codes, ordinances and applicable state statutes. Complaints will typically be followed up within one working day by visiting the site of the alleged violation, and if necessary starting the process of addressing the violation.

Home & Property Matters Handled by Code Enforcement

  • Abandoned Shopping Carts
  • Auto repair on city streets
  • Building address numbers missing or not clearly visible for public safety
  • Garage sales page
  • Home and Property Maintenance Issues page
  • Inoperable vehicles on private property
  • Lack of exterior weatherization, peeling, or deteriorated paint
  • Temporary advertising signs illegally posted on city trees or utility poles
  • Temporary holiday lighting not removed
  • Trash containers left in the city parkway or within public view
  • Trash, junk, and debris discarded or stored on private property
  • Vacant or abandoned unsecured buildings
  • Vehicles, front yard parking only

Public Nuisance Code

The City passed and enhanced the public nuisance code entitled "Real Property Nuisances" which is contained in Chapter 6.26 of the City Code. The amendments to the public nuisance code will help strengthen the City's ability to enforce and minimize deteriorated and unsafe conditions on properties. It will provide a much-needed update to existing codes that deal with both aging properties and new developments.