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Friday November 27, 2015

Department of Building and Safety will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27, 2015 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday. Thank you for doing business in the City of Los Angeles.

LADBS-Code Enforcement Service

Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement Mission

To preserve and enhance the safety, appearance and economic stability of our community through the diligent enforcement of applicable ordinances and land use regulations.

Fulfilling the Mission

The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) is tasked with the maintenance of the City’s building stock through the enforcement of building, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and zoning codes which are elements of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC). The basic methodology of enforcement is the issuance of an Order to Comply (OTC) to the property owner and any other person in control of a property who violates or causes or permits another person to violate any provision or requirement of the LAMC. The OTC is essentially a warning letter with a time frame for voluntary compliance. The OTC describes the violation(s), instructions to remedy the violation(s) and warnings of possible penalty fees and criminal prosecution. Violation of the LAMC is a misdemeanor and code enforcement cases must therefore be prepared for the possibility of being resolved in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Code Enforcement is broken into several different sections that address different Code Enforcement issues. Click here for Description of Functions page that explains this in greater detail.

Cases originate from the following:

Customer Service Requests (a solicited inspection)- A customer service request (CSR) is a complaint regarding possible code violations at an address from any complainant. Department policy requires that complainant identity be held as confidential. Complainant identity shall not be divulged to the violator or other constituent unless duly subpoenaed through the court. Great care is taken in protecting this information. An Online Service Request is available to report possible violations.

Surveys (an unsolicited inspection)- A survey is an inspection of an individual site as part of a planned and authorized inspection of contiguous properties for the purpose of reducing blight in a targeted neighborhood.
A survey is also a proactive inspection of a site due to observation of conditions hazardous enough to warrant an inspector’s immediate attention, such as a failed pool enclosure or open excavation.

Additional Information

If you have received an order and have questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page under the Code Enforcement section. If you require additional information, please feel free to call our Customer Call Center for further assistance.

Building and Safety has also gone to great lengths to provide a variety of documents available online, including Code Enforcement related documents. We have included a Code Enforcement section on our Forms page that provides access to a variety of related documents. We also provide many publications that are very useful to home owners and contractors. Within our main menu on, we have a category dedicated to all of our publications including our Informational Bulletins section. Many bulletins are available that may facilitate compliance with an Order to Comply. Diagrams for carports, patio covers, the popular Type V Sheet and many more are provided for your use.

We welcome all forms of feedback that may help us better serve you. Please feel free to use the Contact Us link located at the top right corner at anytime.

Complaints regarding code violations on existing apartment buildings (two or more units) are investigated by the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department at (866) 577-7368.

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