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.
    or go to:
  • 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.

  • Help Design the Village Entrance!
    7/2/2015  The City is offering an interactive, online tool for the community to learn about the Village Entrance site and provide feedback on priorities for this important project. The interactive program will be available through mid-August and is accessible on a PC, tablet or mobile device. To participate, please visit the project website ( At the website, you'll also be able to download the Village Entrance Project Workbook, which includes eight “stops” with a map, photos, site details, and a set of questions for your consideration. Turn in your completed Workbook at City Hall or email a scanned copy to

    Applications Being Accepted for The Housing and Human Services Committee
    7/2/2015  The City Council is accepting applications to serve on the City’s Housing and Human Services Committee. The Committee consists of seven members who serve two-year terms. The terms of two members expire on June 30, 2015, and the two newly appointed members will begin their terms immediately. The Housing and Human Services Committee was created to provide input to the Council regarding affordable housing, as well as housing opportunities for all segments of the community. Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available at the City Clerk’s office or on line at the City's website, The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of July 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach.

    SONGS Event
    7/2/2015  Southern California Edison will hold a “Decommissioning Education Fair” on July 9 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center located at 25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653. For more information, visit

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