Reporting Housing Code Violations in Los Angeles


One great tool, that the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Building and Safety provide, is an online form that can be used to report housing code violations.

Some of the quality of life problems that plague this city are actually reportable violations. These include those garage sales that go on 52 weekends a year at the same address; inoperable vehicles stored on a front lawn; nuisance structures that are boarded up and abandoned; empty lots with overgrown weeds; illegal dumping; illegal signs; etc.

Here are some additional categories that practically encompass the definition of what it means to live in the city of Los Angeles:

  • ADULT ENTERTAINMENT (CLUBS, CABERETS, BOOK AND VIDEO STORES) IN AN UNAPPROVED AREA.
  • AUTO REPAIR (MAJOR) IN A RESIDENTIAL ZONE.
  • BLOCKED OR NONEXISTENT EXITS, PASSAGEWAYS, YARDS OR WINDOWS.
  • COMMERCIAL AUTO REPAIR ESTABLISHMENTS IN VIOLATION.
  • COMMERCIAL JUNK YARD (INCLUDING AUTO DISMANTLING) IN VIOLATION.
  • COMPLETED UNAPPROVED CONSTRUCTION (WITHOUT PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS).
  • EXCESSIVE VEGETATION: DRY WEEDS, UNTRIMMED TREES, ETC.
  • GARAGE CONVERSION INTO A DWELLING OR STORAGE WITHOUT APPROVALS.
  • GENERAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS IE; BROKEN WINDOWS ETC.
  • GRAFFITI VISIBLE FROM THE PUBLIC WAY.
  • HOME OCCUPATION (BUSINESS OPERATED FROM A DWELLING UNIT).
  • VIOLATIONS PERTAINING TO HOTELS AND/OR MOTELS.
  • INADEQUATE PARKING SPACES.
  • MISCELLANEOUS COMPLAINTS THAT ARE NOT OTHERWISE CATEGORIZED.
  • NOISY FIXED EQUIPMENT IE: POOL EQUIPMENT, AIR CONDITIONERS ETC.
  • OFF SITE ADVERTIZING (BILLBOARDS) WITHOUT THE REQUIRED PERMITS.
  • ON-SITE ADVERTISING EXCESSIVE SIGNAGE ADVERTISING GOODS OR SERVICES AVAILABLE ON SITE.
  • OPEN EXCAVATIONS, PITS AND OTHER HAZARDS.
  • OPEN STORAGE (STORAGE OF ITEMS OUTDOORS) IE; CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS.
  • OVER HEIGHT FENCES IN THE REQUIRED YARDS.
  • PACK RAT CONDITIONS.
  • PARKING IN THE REQUIRED FRONT YARD OTHER THAN ON THE DRIVEWAY.
  • POOL CLARITY AND OTHER POOL MAINTENANCE ITEMS.
  • POOL ENCLOSURE NON EXISTANT, IN NEED OF REPAIR, OPEN GATES, ETC;
  • PROPERTY NEEDS PAINT OR WEATHER PROOFING.
  • RECYCLING CENTERS OPERATING IN UNAPPROVED LOCATIONS OR AFTER HOURS.
  • SECURITY BARS PREVENTING REQUIRED EGRESS.
  • STORAGE OF INOPERATIVE VEHICLE(S) ON PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY.
  • STRUCTURAL HAZARD; IE. FAILING SUPPORT OR RESTRAINING SYSTEMS.
  • TENNIS COURT LIGHTS, FLOOD LIGHTS, ETC.
  • TRASH AND DEBRIS ACCUMULATION.
  • UNAPPROVED ALTERATION IN A HISTORICAL PRESERVATION OVERLAY ZONE.
  • UNAPPROVED CONSTRUCTION IN PROGRESS.
  • UNAPPROVED USE OR OCCUPANCY.
  • VACANT BUILDING OPEN TO UNAUTHORIZED USE.
  • VACANT LOT WITH TRASH AND DEBRIS.
  • VIOLATIONS NOT OBSERVABLE FROM 7:00AM TO 3:30PM MON.-FRI.
  • YARD SALES NOT MEETING ACCESSORY USE AS DEFINED IN SEC. 12.03 L.A.M.C.
  • 3 thoughts on “Reporting Housing Code Violations in Los Angeles

    1. It is time to attend to ALL these issues! It is not only in Van Nuys, but we need to start in Van Nuys. Major cleanup!!! Food venders are ruining all the food establishments. They seem to sell food, and we have no idea what else in the open air on every major street or side street in Van Nuys. Where is their license? The restaurants have to have a license! Im not against anyone trying to earn a living, but legally!! Also, you can furnish a house with all the furniture and other stuff left on the streets. There has to be a law or ordinance that sticks! I hate the way Van Nuys looks today. It was never like this….we need to do something before it spreads!!!!

      1. We have, unfortunately, an entrenched corruption of politicians who pander to ethnic correctness by omitting those who break the law based on their nation of origin.

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