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Code Enforcement

The city has adopted codes and policies that govern the use and maintenance of private property. Code enforcement officers strive to maintain a balanced role in promoting active cooperation and communication between neighbors and effective enforcement of the City of Carlsbad's municipal codes.

If you have received a citation and would like to appeal the citation, you will need to complete the appeal form.  If you feel you are unable to pay the citation due to a hardship, you must complete the hardship form.

The city does not handle neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law. For instance, a neighbor's tree may drop leaves in an adjoining yard, or cause damage to a fence or other structure. These types of situations are a private matter between the two property owners, and the city has no jurisdiction. Also, Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are not enforced by the city.

The City of Carlsbad provides a mediation program free to its residents. Mediation is a confidential meeting between people who have a disagreement and a trained, neutral mediator who guides a discussion of issues toward a mutually acceptable agreement. Cases may be self-referred by any Carlsbad resident who is involved in the dispute by calling 760-434-2868.

The City Council recently approved an ordinance to amend the Carlsbad Municipal Code by adding Chapter 5.60 regarding the Short-term Vacation Rentals.

To obtain further information regarding what is not a code violation, please call 760-602-2703 during the department's regular business hours.