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.

  • Urban Water Diffusion Diversion Units Placed Online
    4/18/2014  The Water Quality Department has placed the city's urban water diversion units back online for the summer season. The city maintains 22 urban water diversion units primarily along the coastline. These diversion units serve to redirect over irrigation and other non-stormwater, collected in the storm drain, to the sewer system. These structures function to divert pollutants such as brake dust, oil, fertilizers from landscaping, pesticides, and other debris to the sewer system. Over the course of a year, an average of about 8 tons of debris and pollutants are pulled out of the diversion structures and hauled away for disposal.

    Street Slurry Seal Project Evaluation
    4/18/2014  The City’s recent street slurry seal project was completed three months ago and has been evaluated by a pavement expert in response to some complaints about the quality of the work. During the course of the project the City had the pavement specialist engineering firm of LaBelle Marvin sample the slurry during and after the application. LaBelle Marvin issued its final report this week indicating that the quality of the product met the standard of the industry and the project specifications. There are some differences of color on parts of El Toro road related to variations in the slurry seal mixtures that were still within specifications. Slurry seal applications are done every seven to ten years to extend the life of the pavement. A slurry seal application does not produce as even texture and color as a pavement overlay, but cost one tenth as much while extending the pavement life many years. Most texture and color variations are evened out after a year of wear and weather.

    Annual Composting Classes
    4/18/2014  Over 30 residents attended the recent free composting class held at Bluebird Park on April 12. The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer four free composting classes each year as part of the new franchise agreement. The next free class will be held on June 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Bluebird Park. Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase during the classes at a discounted price. For more information regarding the classes, interested persons are advised to contact the Waste Management class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499 or by email at lisarydermoore@gmail.com.

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