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Code Enforcement Brochure
Download the Code Enforcement Services in San José Brochure in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Code Enforcement provides services to address a number of violations of the Municipal Code to ensure the heath and safety and quality of life for our residents and businesses. Commonly requested compliance services are as follows:

Common Code Violations

  • Blighted and unmaintained properties
  • Hazardous or overgrown vegetation
  • Unsecured vacant buildings
  • Building Code violations
  • Construction or change of occupancy without permits.
  • Visible storage of junk and debris in the front of residential properties
  • Disruptive and illegal businesses in neighborhoods
  • Early setout of garbage and recycling
  • Overflowing garbage containers
  • Signs in the public right-of-way, that don't comply with code, or that lack a permit
  • Inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private property
  • Illegal dumping of garbage on private property
  • Zoning requirement violations for structures and land use requirements, including the use of the structure, location, configuration and size.
  • Parking violations on unimproved surfaces. Unimproved surfaces include but are not limited to: lawns, dirt, gravel, and plywood.
  • Graffiti on private property
  • Substandard housing conditions
  • Smoking in bars and restaurant
  • Smoking in unapproved outdoor areas


Issues that are NOT code violations:

  • Civil disputes between private parties
  • Evictions
  • Personal grievances
  • Vehicles or RVs abandoned or illegally parked on the street.To submit a concern about an abandoned vehicle, use the Vehicle Abatement Online Service Request Form.