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: http://www.fairhousingoc.org/index.html.

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.
    or go to: http://64.58.157.212/CitizenAccess/Public/Main.


    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.

  • Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation
    4/19/2014  Mayor’s Challenge: Let’s make it 3 in a row.

    The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “waterwise.” Mayors and civic leaders nationwide challenge their residents during the month of April to conserve water, energy, and other natural resources on behalf of their city. Residents show their commitment by completing an online Water Pledge. Cities with the highest percentage of residents taking the pledge win.

    Help Laguna Beach secure its third year win as the “Most Waterwise City in the Nation!” Take the free online pledge between April 1- 30 at www.mywaterpledge.com. Everyone in your household with an email address can take the pledge and can be entered into a drawing to win prizes including a Toyota Prius Plug-in. Take the pledge today!


    Police Memorial
    4/18/2014  At its meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014 the Arts Commission reviewed the finalist proposals for the creation of a Police Memorial at City Hall. The Commission unanimously selected the design “Eternal Legacy” by Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor. Created of bronze, cast glass and resin the memorial sculpture represents an eternal flame within an unfurling flag. At the center of the installation will be an illuminated resin flame. Embedded within the bonze will be illuminated cast glass words: honor, courage, duty and remember. The design includes three inspirational quotations including “It is easy to be brave from a distance.” Surrounding the sculpture will be three internally illuminated benches which will each include a cast glass inserts with the Officers badge numbers and call sign. Since selection the artists have requested the inclusion of a flag and pole as part of their installation. The recommended design will be presented to the City Council for final approval on May 6, 2014.
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    Banner Competition
    3/28/2014  At its meeting on March 24, 2014, the Arts Commission reviewed 23 submissions to the Banner Competition. The Commission selected four designs by artists Judy Baker, Al Esquerra, Ashley Keene and Jeffrey Skarvan.

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    Community Development
    505 Forest Avenue
    Laguna Beach, CA 92651
    Phone: (949) 497-0712 Fax: (949) 497-0771