Code Enforcement Division

Rafael Perez, Code Enforcement Supervisor
Phone: 626-570-3230

Welcome to the Code Enforcement Division

The focus of Code Enforcement is to investigate violations of laws or ordinances relating to public health, safety and welfare, the operation of a businesses, consumer protection, building standards, land-use regulations, enforce and other municipal interests, and enforce city codes. Code enforcement works in conjunction with the Planning Division, Building Division, Public Works Department, the Police Department, Community Services Department, the County Health Department, Vector Control, and any other public agency as needed. Code Enforcement Officers typically respond to complaints filed by citizens. However, they also conduct proactive enforcement when necessary.  

The typical process begins with a complaint from a citizen or by city staff observing a problem. The primary goal of code enforcement in Alhambra is to determine if there is a violation, and then seek voluntary compliance to correct the violation. The majority of residents or business owners are very cooperative in correcting the issue with support and guidance from Code Enforcement staff. If voluntary compliance does not work or in the case of serious or repeat offenders, Correction Notices, Administrative Citations (fines), Public Nuisance Hearings, Office Conferences, Inspection and Abatement Warrants, Criminal Citation or any other remedies available to the City may be used to achieve compliance. 


  • To make Alhambra a safer and cleaner place to live, work and visit
  • To provide prompt, courteous and professional service
  • To gain voluntary compliance
  • To encourage responsible property maintenance
  • Develop a community outreach program



Depending on the time of your call, a staff member or voice message recorder will answer. Please leave your name and telephone, and the location and description of the violation.  All reports are handled confidentially.


Residents who let their lawn and landscaping to become dry and brown, and subsequently die, are at risk of receiving a Code Enforcement violation notice- despite the Mandatory Water Restrictions now in effect (effective August 1, 2014).

  • Garage sales
  • Graffiti (private property only)
  • Abandoned Shopping Carts (call the 24-hour Hotline at 800-252-4613 or 626-570-3230)
  • Trash containers left in the city parkway or within public view
  • Trash, junk and debris discarded or stored on private property
  • Inoperable vehicles on private property
  • Vehicles- front yard parking only
  • Vehicles- auto repair on city streets
  • Lack of exterior weatherization, paint peeling or deterioration
  • Building address numbers missing or not clearly visible for public safety
  • Temporary holiday lighting not removed
  • Vacant or abandoned unsecured buildings
  • Temporary advertising signs illegally posted on city trees or utility poles

LATEST NEWS: New Public Nuisance Code

The City recently passed a new and enhanced public nuisance code entitled “Real Property Nuisances” which is contained in Chapter 6.26 of the City Code. The new amendments to the public nuisance code will help strengthen the City’s ability to enforce and minimize deteriorated and unsafe conditions on properties. It will provide a much needed update to existing codes that deals with both aging properties, and new developments.

Relevant Permits, Licenses, & Applications

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More Information

Administrative Citation ProgramAdministrative Citation Program

The City of Alhambra Municipal Code has established fines for violations

Other Code MattersOther Code Matters

Learn about Other Code Matters


Graffiti ordinances in Alhambra and the Graffiti hotline

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