Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Activities
To maintain the safety, quality of life and property values of all who live, work and play in the city of Lawndale, code enforcement officers work with property owners, residents, business owners, and visitors to ensure the proper maintenance of private property within the city.

Staff utilizes the laws (or City codes) adopted by the City Council to improve the aesthetic quality and safety of the community while eliminating blight and public nuisances.

Code enforcement officers work with the community, other City departments and public service agencies to address a wide range of complaints, including:

  • Illegal construction
  • Garage conversions
  • Dilapidated structures
  • Property maintenance concerns
  • Unlicensed businesses, including push cart vendors
  • Trash scavengers
  • Many other types of violations

Administrative Citation

On August 17, 2020, the City Council approved an Administrative Citation process.  This process means that a written notice will be provided to a responsible party that a violation of the Code has occurred, and is subject to assessment of a civil fine as issued by a Code Enforcement Officer.

On September 21, 2020, the City Council approved the Administrative Citation Fine Schedule.  The Administrative Citation Fine Schedule has been incorporated into the Schedule of User and Regulatory Fees (Master Fee Schedule).


Illegal Construction
If you see construction activity late in the evening, early in the morning or on Sundays, it may not be permitted. In addition, if you see construction that looks unsafe or is being built too close to property lines, it may also not be permitted. Questionable construction activity should be reported to the Municipal Services Department at (310) 973-3220 during the following hours of field operation:

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Legal Construction Hours. Construction is prohibited on Sunday and national holidays. Except in emergency situations, construction is only permitted:

Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Did You Know That House Numbers Are Required?
If you ever have to call 911, you would want the fire or police department to be able to find you quickly. They can't if your address is not clearly visible.


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