CODE ENFORCEMENT FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Code Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions
is Code Enforcement?
of San Luis Obispo Code Enforcement staff members are part of the
Community Development Department. Code Enforcement Officers and
Neighborhood Services Specialists are responsible for enforcing Building
Codes and Zoning Regulations to provide for the health, safety, and
general welfare of all City residents. These codes are different than
laws enforced by the Police and Fire Departments, because they mostly
relate to property issues rather than issues directly related to a
person. However, an individual can be held responsible if their
property, whether it is owned or leased, is in violation.
does the City enforce violations of Building and Zoning Regulations?
goal of enforcement is to ensure city-wide conformity to Building and
Zoning Regulations to maintain safety and enhance quality of life for
all residents. The quality of life in San Luis Obispo is tied to the
character and conditions of its neighborhoods. Enforcing violations
stops unsafe issue from continuing and prevents future violations from
occurring. Specifically, enforcing property maintenance standards
protects the appearance, integrity and character of the community, as
well as helps maintain property values for owners.
are some examples of City codes the City staff enforce?
staff from the Community Development Department focus on enforcing
violations of local and state building codes, the City's Zoning
Regulations, and City property maintenance standards. Common code
violations in San Luis Obispo are:
(i.e. no heat, plumbing leaks, etc.)
land use or use
improper storage of
debris or materials in yards.
can learn more about specific codes by reading the
“Are you a Good Neighbor?” brochure, or by calling us with specific
inquiries at (805) 781-7180. The City's
Zoning Regulations contain many of the codes that are enforced in
does City staff become aware of potential code violations?
residents can report suspected code violations via our website at
http://www.slocity.org/communitydevelopment/enforce.asp, or by
calling the Code Enforcement Hotline at (805) 781-7180. Beginning in
May 2012, staff will be proactively patrolling to identify violations of
property maintenance standards in public view (i.e.: front yard
I received a
Notice to Correct for violations in my front yard , what
does that mean?
staff is currently working in neighborhoods to inform residents if they
have any property maintenance code violations on their property. You
will notice that staff has checked one or more boxes on the Notice to
Correct indicating any issues observed on your property.
This is NOT a citation, it is a formal warning. In May 2012, staff
started proactively patrolling neighborhoods and issuing warnings and
citations for violations. You can use the contact information on the
Notice to Correct form to address any questions you may have about specific
violations on your property.
happens if my property is in violation?
City staff has observed a violation on your property you will be given a
Notice to Correct. This gives a specific time frame,
depending on the violation, in which you are required to bring your
property into compliance. If the violation is not corrected within the
time frame given, you will be subject to fees and/or citations until
compliance is achieved. You can view a Code Enforcement Process flow
chart on our website for more details.
How can I dispose of bulk items such as couches,
mattresses, televisions, etc?
Garbage Company will pick up bulk items for a small fee. Call them
at (805) 543-0875 to arrange for pick up. You can also donate
items! View the
IWMA page for local outlets (some provide free pickup).
How can I dispose of household hazardous materials such
as paint, motor oil, etc?
Canyon Landfill accepts household hazardous materials free of charge.
The household hazardous waste facility is open on Fridays and Saturdays
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a 15 gallon volume limit per trip.
For more information, visit their website at
Parking Frequently Asked Questions
Why did I get a
parking violation for parking on or in front of my own driveway?
Under State law, a
vehicle cannot park blocking a sidewalk or a driveway apron even if it
is part of your residential driveway. The purpose of this law is to
ensure wheelchair access is maintained and pedestrians are not directed
into a street to get around your car. Likewise, to ensure emergency
access, you cannot park on the street in front of your driveway.
Can I park partially in
a red curb zone?
No, you cannot park or
stop your car at a red curb. There is no law or policy that your car
can be in the red by a certain percentage of the car length. You are
either parked in the red zone or you are not. These zones are usually
set for safe visibility and traffic safety reasons so even a small
encroachment is a violation.
Can I park near a fire
hydrant as long as I am not in the red?
No, under state law you
cannot park within 15 feet of either side of a fire hydrant regardless
of any red curbs or signs. This law changed about 10 years ago and is
only based on distance and not painted curbs or signage.
Can I contest a parking
Yes, you can obtain a
form on the City's website, at the Parking Services Office downtown
(1260 Chorro Street, Suite B), or by calling the City Parking Services
office at 805-781-7230.
Is there a time limit
for parking on City Streets?
Yes, on City streets
where no time limit is posted, you can only park for a maximum of 72
hours before you are required to move your car a minimum of 500 feet.
Vehicles parked longer than 72 hours can be towed and issued a parking
violation. This is very costly for the owner of a vehicle.