Code Enforcement

The mission of the Code Enforcement office is to preserve and promote public safety and welfare by enforcing the standards of the Laguna Beach Municipal Code.  Code Enforcement investigates possible violations of the code, which include sign regulations, zoning code, property maintenance, business license requirements and the noise abatement program. Code Enforcement also responds to complaints of the Uniform Housing Code and complaints of construction without a permit.

Tenant/landlord issues are typically considered civil matters unless they are building safety and/or unpermitted construction issues.  For more information regarding tenant/landlord issues, please visit the Fair Housing website:

Complaints may be filed by calling the Code Enforcement office at (949) 497-0301, or by submitting a request online through Community Development's Citizen Access Portal.

EnerGov Citizen Access Portal (CAP) is an integrated web portal that provides the community with 24-hour access to Permitting, Plan Management, Inspection, Code Enforcement, and other Community Development services.

  • 24/7 online access for contractors & citizens
  • Online permit submission/ status checks on filed permits, pending projects, projects under construction or completed projects
  • Online inspection scheduling & cancellations
  • Online Municipal Code violation reporting
  • Online payments (coming soon)

    For detailed instructions on "How to Use Citizen Access Portal" click here.

    To access Citizen Access Portal click here.
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    The Code Enforcement Division has placed an emphasis on allocating staff resources to directly assist property and business owners with the implementation of the recently adopted Floodplain Management Ordinance. All property and business owners of commercial properties located in the flood hazard zones are responsible for installing floodproofing devices. Please refer to our Floodproofing Contingency Device Informational Guide for more details.

  • CERT Training for School District
    1/29/2015  The Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments have been providing Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to the public for about two years. In cooperation with the Laguna Beach Unified School District, a specific CERT class was designed for the District employees and began on Monday, January 26. Over the next two weeks, 37 District employees will go through the 25 hours of FEMA certified disaster preparedness training. The training consists of disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire safety, search and rescue, and traffic control.

    Chief Workman Presents Historical Overview
    1/29/2015  On January 28, Police Chief Paul Workman presented a history of the Laguna Beach Police Department to the Laguna Beach Historical Society. The talk lasted nearly an hour and covered the period between 1927 and 1953. The Chief talked about the lives of the first chiefs and their officers. He also was able to tell the story of a mystery officer from the 1920s whose two photos hung on the department’s walls for at least forty years.

    Main Beach Park Sculpture Competition
    1/29/2015  On January 26, the Arts Commission reviewed sculpture designs by finalists Sukhi Dail, Pat Downing and Ricardo Duffy for an installation at Main Beach Park. The Commission is recommending a sculpture titled, “Sea Breeze” by Sukhi Dail. The bronze and cast glass sculpture will measure 9’8” in height. The artist is a Laguna Beach resident and this would be his first installation in the city. The City Council will review the proposal at its meeting on February 24, 2015. This project has been funded by the Art in Public Places program. (Image attached.)
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    Community Development
    505 Forest Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Phone: (949) 497-0712 Fax: (949) 497-0771