Code Enforcement

The mission of the Property Maintenance Division is to enhance and safeguard the City's community beautification and economic development efforts through the enforcement of property maintenance, zoning, and weed and waste Municipal code requirements. The following provides a quick guide of commonly asked questions and answers to property maintenance issues affecting the Inglewood community.








GUIDE FOR NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT

The City of Inglewood has developed and adopted certain City codes aimed at beautifying the community and enhancing our neighborhoods.
The City of Inglewood can help, if you have a problem or question with the following:

  • Open and vacant buildings
  • Overgrown grass, weeds, debris
  • Discarded furniture and appliances
  • Inoperable/abandoned vehicles
  • Garage conversions
  • Auto repair
  • Garage sales
  • Animal regulations
  • Trash container stored in front yard

PLEASE CALL 310.412.5590


HOW TO FILE NUISANCE COMPLAINTS

Complaints may be filed with the Code Enforcement Section, in person, by mail or by telephone in the following manner:

  1. Identify the specific complaint or nuisance.
  2. Give your name, address and telephone number. (This information is essential and is kept confidential)
  3. Give the location of the problem, street name and house number.
  4. Give specific description of complaint (i.e., description of vehicle, type of debris, etc.)

The City's Code Enforcement Office location:

Inglewood City Hall
One Manchester Blvd., Suite 700
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 412-5590

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CODE ENFORCEMENT COST RECOVERY PROGRAM

Attention Inglewood residents, homeowners, and business owners
The purpose of this letter is to remind you of a new law that became effective September 29, 2000. This law will only affect persons with code enforcement violations on their properties or businesses.
In the past, our code enforcement procedures did not include fines for non- compliance. Under the new law an initial violation, if corrected, does not carry a penalty. If the violation however, is not corrected within 10 days, a second citation for the same violation will carry a fine of $100. If you receive a third citation for the same violation, it will carry a $200 fine and a fourth citation for the same violation will result in a $500 penalty.
The new procedures have been established to encourage repeat property maintenance offenders to comply more quickly, while offsetting associated Code Enforcement costs.
Thank you for your efforts in beautifying the Inglewood community!

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CODE ENFORCEMENT OF ILLEGAL CARPORTS

As City units dedicated to the beautification of our community through action oriented planning programs, and the public education and enforcement of property maintenance and zoning requirements, we would like to discuss the issue and use of carports in the city of Inglewood.

During the summer months, canopy-type structures tend to appear in many driveways and backyards. Long after the summer months have disappeared, a number of these canopies will remain as temporary or illegal carports. First and foremost, the City of Inglewood does not issue temporary permits for carports over the driveway. A porte cochere (driveway canopy) must be permanently attached to a main dwelling unit in a residential zone.

Carports and porte cocheres cannot be used in lieu of the code required parking garage.
A permit must first be obtained in order to have a carport or porte cochere in the city of Inglewood. All requests for permits must go through the Planning Division located on the 7th floor of Inglewood City Hall. Once Planning has approved the request in form, materials and location, the Code Enforcement Division will be notified. This process prevents the illegal use and construction of structures that diminish both the look and safety standards of our community.

The City's code enforcement officers under the following Inglewood Municipal Code sections will cite property owners who erect "illegal carports":

  • 12-13.3 - Porte Cochere;
  • 12-43(a) - Residential Parking Requirements or
  • 12-50(a) - Location of Parking.

Additionally, a carport built in the rear of the property does not satisfy the City's residential parking requirements. Residential parking must be provided in a fully enclosed parking garage. If additional information is required, please contact the Code Enforcement Division at (310) 412-5590.
Thank you for your efforts in beautifying our community and preserving our neighborhoods.

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LIVING NEIGHBORLY: DO'S AND DONT'S TO REMEMBER

Being a good neighbor and keeping our neighborhoods clean are goals, which all Inglewood residents should strive to achieve. Whether it’s providing a helping hand on some household project or serving as the vital link in a neighborhood watch program, the value of having residents who are cooperative and respectful of each other’s rights can never be underestimated.

While most people recognize the value of being a good neighbor, there are a number of neighborly practices, which everyone should keep in mind. The following list of “ do’s and don’ts” highlights some of the essential building blocks necessary for a clean, healthy, and tranquil neighborhood.

DON’T PARK CARS ON YOUR FRONT LAWN. ASIDE FROM GIVING YOUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD AN UNSIGHTLY APPEARANCE, LAWN PARKING IS A VIOLATION OF SECTION 12-15 OF THE INGLEWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE (IMC) AND CAN RESULT IN THE ISSUANCE OF A CITATION TO THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE.

DO help maintain the appearance of your neighborhood by parking either on the street or in your driveway.

DON’T LEAVE TRASH CANS AT THE CURB AFTER YOUR TRASH IS PICKED UP. (IMC SEC 7-19(4)).

DO remove empty trash cans and any remaining debris from the curb within 12 hours after your trash has been picked up. Leaving trashcans at the curbside for an extended period creates an impression of an untidy neighborhood and also contributes to health and sanitation problems by attracting flies and other pests.

DON’T PERFORM MAINTENANCE WORK OR MAKE REPAIRS ON VEHICLES PARKED UPON PUBLIC STREETS OR ALLEYS. (IMC SEC. 10-18).

DO perform minor repairs and maintenance work including oil and tire changes, brake inspections, or fluid checks in your driveway or backyard. Doing this avoids creating a hazardous situation, which could endanger your life as well as the safety of motorists, who are properly using the roadways.

DON’T PLAY LOUD MUSIC OR MAKE LOUD NOISES, WHICH DISTURBS THE PEACE AND QUIET OF YOUR NEIGHBORS.THIS INCLUDES PLAYING RADIOS LOUDLY WHILE OPERATING CARS, VANS, OR SUVs. (IMC SECTION 5-29).

DO enjoy your radio, television, or music component set, but not at the expense and irritation of others. You should be aware that the City of Inglewood like many other metropolitan cities has various noise regulations designed to restrict excessive levels of noise. Violation of these noise regulations constitutes a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

DON’T ALLOW OVERGROWN VEGETATION RUBBISH TO ACCUMULATE IN YOUR YARD. THIS STUATION CREATES AN UNSIGHTLY APPEARANCE FOR YOUR HOME AS WELL AS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. IT ALSO CAN RESULT IN A FIRE HAZARD IF THE VEGETATION DRIES OUT, AS IS OFTEN THE CASE DURING SUMMER MONTHS. (IMC SEC. 11-70 (1-4, 15) & 7-18).

DO keep your lawn, trees, and shrubbery well watered and neatly trimmed. Since the appearance of our homes and lawns speaks to the pride of ownership in the Inglewood community, diligent property maintenance of lawns and associated landscaping will increase property values as you do your part to beautify our community.

DON’T HOUSE AN UNLICENSED DOG OR ALLOW THAT ANIMAL TO ROAM THE NEIGHBORHOOD UNLEASHED. (IMC SEC. 4-18).

DO obtain a license for your dog and always walk him or her with a leash. A dog whose turf includes every yard on the block can quickly upset the tranquility of a neighborhood. Remember that being a good neighbor includes being a responsible pet owner.

DON’T RAISE OR KEEP CHICKENS, RABBITS, PIGEONS, DUCKS, GOATS, OR ANY OTHER FOWL OR LIVE STOCK ON YOUR PROPERTY WITHOUT FIRST OBTAINING A VALID PERMIT FORM THE CITY. (IMC SEC. 4-16).

DO file an application for a permit to keep or raise these animals before housing them on your property. The permit procedure insures that these animals are kept in a sanitary and humane manner. Applications may be obtained from the City Finance Department.

DON’T USE YOUR GARAGE AS ADDITIONAL SPACE EITHER FOR YOURSELF OR FOR OTHERS. THIS IS UNSAFE, UNHEALTHY, AND UNATTRACTIVE. (IMC SEC. 12-40.1).

DO comply with City zoning regulations, which require that garages are used only for the purpose of providing shelter, and parking for vehicles owned or operated by occupants of the main building.

Getting to know the people in your neighborhood is essential to developing a cohesive neighborhood and can be fun as well. One of the best ways to develop an effective system for neighborhood communications is through participation in a Neighborhood Block Club. Block Clubs provide a means for residents of the area to get together and discuss neighborhood concerns. They also provide a forum for dialogue between City officials and local residents.

While there are over 250 active Block Clubs throughout the city, it’s possible that your block may not yet be organized. If that’s the case, the City can assist you in starting your own neighborhood block club. Information for forming a block club can be obtained by calling the Police Department’s Community Services Division at (310) 412-5530.

This list of do’s and don’ts, together with cooperation and a little common sense form the basic ingredients for a happy and healthy neighborhood. If you have any questions regarding the “Living Neighborly” reminders listed above, contact the City’s Code Enforcement Section at (310) 412-5590

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REGULATIONS FOR THE COLLECTION OF REFUSE

Here is a summary of the regulations for Refuse Collection in the City of Inglewood, California.

1. When is refuse collected?

Residential refuse collection is made once every week.

2. On Holidays too?

Refuse will not be picked up on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Collections scheduled for these holidays will be made on the day following each holiday. On other holidays, refuse will be collected as scheduled. For more information, please call customer service at (310) 605-6000.

3. What kind of container may I use?

A green 96-gallon cart for green waste – green waste includes almost anything that comes from glass, leaves, green plants/weeds, garden trimmings, tree limbs, wood chips, sawdust, small wood scraps.

A blue 96-gallon cart for recyclables – recyclable includes aluminum cans, steel/tin cans, plastic containers, detergent containers, newspapers, junk mail, magazines/catalogs, phone books, mixed papers, corrugated cardboard and boxes.

A black 96-gallon cart for trash – trash includes household waste that cannot be recycled.

4. When do I put refuse out for collection?

Place your refuse out no earlier than the evening before the day set for collection. It must be in place by 7:00 a.m., on the day of collection.

5. When must I remove the container?

All containers must be removed from the parkway on the same day they are emptied.

6. What about tree limbs, brush trimmings and building materials?

These must be tied in bundles not over 4 feet in length and 60 pounds in weight.

7. How about large pieces of furniture?

Waste Management will pick up your bulky items at no charge on your regular service day. Please call them 24 hours in advance to arrange for pick up. In addition, they will offer two annual “Operation Clean Sweep” days, in May and October, where they will pick up bulky items around the city.

8. For household hazardous waste call 800-449-7587 to request a collection.

WARNING: Items that could be dangerous when compacted, such as TV or radio tubes and loose glass, should be set to the side of your refuse container for special handling.

9. For more information, please contact the City of Inglewood, Sanitation Division, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., weekdays at 310-412-5340.

WARNING: Items that could be dangerous when compacted, such as TV or radio tubes and loose glass, should be set to one side of your refuse container for special handling.
I want more information-where do I call?

You may call the City of Inglewood, Sanitation Division, from 6:30 to 3:00 p.m. weekdays at
(310) 412-5340.

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NEW STANDARDS FOR THE DISPLAY OF FLAGS/SIGNS

New regulations have been adopted by the City of Inglewood that restricts the display of flags.

  1. Any business may display national, state or other governmental flags. Public or nonprofit institutions (Red Cross, Boy Scouts, churches, etc.) may display flags that depict their respective logos. The American Flag may not be used for advertising purposes.
  2. Car dealership and plant nurseries may display other types of flags and/or string pennants over outdoor merchandise areas only.
  3. No other flags, string pennants or other wind-activated devices may be displayed by any business at any time.
  4. A banner (affixed to the wall of a building) may be temporarily displayed to promote an opening, sale, etc. Such banners may not be displayed longer than 30 days at a time, and not more than a total of 45 days in a calendar year.
  5. Realtors may display flags on a property offered for sale, but only when an open house is being conducted. Such flags may not be placed along the street or the properties.For additional information, please call the Property Maintenance Section at (310) 412-5590.

    Section 12-72. Permits Required.

For additional information, please call the Property Maintenance Section at (310) 412-5590.

It shall be unlawful for any person to erect, install, place, move, or enlarge any sign on any premises or upon the exterior of any structure without having obtained sign approval permits issued by the Planning Division and the Building and Safety Division unless otherwise specified in this Article. A separate permit shall be required for each sign or set of signs to be installed or altered. The provisions of Chapter 11 and 12 of this Code governing the procedure in making application for permits and the payment of fees therefore shall be applicable.

(Ord.2459 12-13-83; Ord. 95-26 11-7-95)

Section 12-74. Exempted Signs.

The following signs and/or sign structures are permitted and are exempt from the permit requirement of Section 12-72; provided, however, that such signs shall comply in all respects to all other applicable requirements of this Article:

(F) Temporary Decorations. Temporary graphics and decorations for a holiday season, which do not advertise, merchandise or services, provided that such graphics and decorations are removed not later than two weeks after the holiday or a holiday season.

(G) Temporary Promotional Advertising. For such purposes as promoting an opening or closure of a business, banners and bunting may be displayed at the location of such events for a period not to exceed thirty days or periods totaling no more than forty-five days in a calendar year. The total surface area of all temporary signs shall not exceed fifty percent of the total allowed permanent sign area.

(K) String Pennants. String pennants may be displayed only over automobile sales lots, plant nurseries, and other businesses that are permitted to obtain merchandise outdoors, and only when the string pennants are displayed in an orderly and well-maintained condition.
(Ord. 2459 12-13-83; Ord. 2544 8-12-86)

Section 12-75. Prohibited Signs

The following signs and/or sign-structures are prohibited:

(A) Signs Not Specified. Any sign, sign structure, or advertising device not specifically permitted in this Article.

(F) Incompatible Signs. Any sign or sign structure that interrupts or covers a major architectural element upon a building or that disrespects such architectural considerations as symmetry, design, materials, or color.

(G) Nondurable Material. Any sign constructed of a nondurable material including but not limited to, cloth or other fabric (except when used as a political or other temporary sign), cardboard, paper, and unfinished wood.

(H) Wind-activated Sign. Any wind-activated sign, including but not limited to flags, pinwheels or string pennants (except as specifically permitted in this Chapter).

(I) Painted Wall Signs, unless a Sign Adjustment pursuant to Article 26.1 of this Chapter has been approved, and Can/Cabinet Wall Signs. Neon wall signs are exempted.

(Ord. 2459 12-13-83; Ord. 2544 8-12-86; Ord. 95-26 11-7-95; Ord. 96-35 1-7-97).
Esta es una noticia para los negocios y comerciantes de la ciudad de Inglewood. No se permite el uso de banderas y banderillas-en-cordones. Solamente se permiten banderas guberamentales, y negocios que venden automoviles y nurcerias. Estas deben ponerse sobre la mercancia que se almacena a la interperie. Para mas informacion por favor llame a esta linea de telefono (310) 412-5590.

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ATTENTION INGLEWOOD BUSINESS OWNERS!!

VENDORS WHO DO NOT POSSESS A VALID BUSINESS LICENSE TO SELL FOOD, JEWELRY, CLOTHING, INCENSE AND OTHER MERCHANDISE ARE DOING SO ILLEGALLY.

THE CITY OF INGLEWOOD DOES NOT ALLOW ITINERANT (ROVING) VENDING.
IF YOU ALLOW THESE VENDORS TO ENTER YOUR ESTABLISHMENT AND SELL TO YOUR PATRONS, YOU MAY BE BREAKING THE LAW.

WHEN YOU OBSERVE THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY, PLEASE CALL THE CODE ENFORCEMENT SECTION AT (310) 412-5590.

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GARAGE SALE ORDINANCE
EFFECTIVE MARCH 3, 1998

The City of Inglewood has updated the garage/yard sale ordinance (I.M.C. 5-81.). The code allows for two garage sales per calendar year (a sale is two consecutive days) per household and prohibits the sale of new items. A permit must be obtained at least five days prior to the date of the sale, and must be on display at the site. The permitted hours of operation are between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The required permit may be obtained for $5.00 from the Finance Department, first floor, City Hall, One West Manchester Blvd. For additional information call the Property Maintenance Division at (310) 412-5590.
EFFECTIVE JUNE 15, 1999

As an added convenience to Inglewood residents, effective June 15, 1999, the City Council designated the third weekend of August as an annual citywide garage and yard sale weekend. For this weekend only, residents would be exempt from the aforementioned regulations, which govern garage sales. The City requirement to obtain a permit and pay a $5.00 fee will also be suspended for this weekend only. Hours of operation, advertising and parking regulations will remain in effect. Residents conducting a garage sale on this weekend will not have the sale counted as one of their two allowable permitted sales annually.

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