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.
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 LADBS.org, 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
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.