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.

  • Historic Preservation Ordinance
    4/24/2015  The preliminary draft of the Historic Preservation Ordinance is scheduled to be reviewed by the Heritage Committee on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Once the Heritage Committee’s review of the ordinance is complete, the ordinance will move on to be reviewed by the Design Review Board, Planning Commission and then ultimately City Council.

    Heritage Month
    4/24/2015  Celebrate Heritage Month this May and enjoy the many scheduled activities and events. Opening festivities commence on Thursday, May 7 at the Madison Square Garden Cafe at 6:00 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres, music and entertainment, including live performances. Activities and tours are scheduled throughout the entire month of May.

    Recreation Committee Meeting Schedule
    4/24/2015  There has been a change to the date and time of the City Recreation Committee’s monthly meetings. The meetings are now to be held on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11. The Committee meets in the Community Room of the Community and Susi Q Center, located at 380 Third St.

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