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Code Enforcement

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The Code Enforcement Unit is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the City of Hermosa Beach by enforcing City and State codes. These codes are essential in keeping the City of Hermosa Beach safe and maintaining a neat and orderly appearance. Our dedicated and professionally trained officers are focused on serving the community by performing community outreach, promoting health & safety, and undertaking fair and impartial enforcement efforts.

Code Enforcement is focused on: building without permits, illegal signs and banners, property nuisances, short term vacation rentals, smoking in public, conditional use permits particularly for late night drinking establishments, construction activity, business regulations, illegal dumping, and stormwater/urban runoff pollution. Officers also enforce the leaf blower, styrofoam carryout container, and plastic bag bans. 

To File a Code Enforcement Complaint 


Code Enforcement complaints can be submitted by doing any of the following:

  • Submit an online service request through our Go Hermosa Mobile App.
  • Complete the Complaint Form and mail to the Community Development Department at 1315 Valley Drive, Room 103, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
  • Contact Code Enforcement directly by phone at (310) 318-0234. Please leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, nature of complaint and property address.

Your name will remain confidential

Frequently Encountered Code Issues

Public right-of-way:  Tables, chairs, signs, and merchandise are not allowed on the public sidewalk or street unless all required permits are obtained. In some cases it may not be possible to obtain authorization.

Vacation or Short-term rentals:  Short-term rentals less than 30 days are prohibited in residential zones Citywide.

Banners:  Temporary banners require a banner permit. Generally, the cumulative total allowance for all banners is 90 days per calendar year.

Smoking Ordinance:  Smoking is banned throughout the City in all outdoor public places. The ban includes emissions from electronic smoking devices. Businesses also have a duty to inform their patrons of these regulations. (More Info)

Other frequently encountered code issues (Here).

Code Enforcement and Penalties

Limit on processing applications:  Municipal Code Chapter 2.84 - Any illegal condition existing on property in the City shall be remedied before an application for a permit, license, contract or other entitlement provided for in this code (other than permits necessary to cure the illegal condition) shall be accepted as complete or processed in connection with that property.

Administrative citation and penalties:  Municipal Code Chapter 1.10

Violations and penalties:  Municipal Code Chapter 1.04

Rollins, BobBuilding & Code Enforcement OfficialCommunity Development(310) 318-0219