Code Enforcement

The City of Bradbury’s Code Enforcement Officer is empowered by the State of California to enforce local, County and State statutes adopted by the City or assigned to them.  The City responds to anonymous complaints, neighborhood complaints, complaints via email and telephone complaints, in addition to performing routine patrol to locate violations.  

Limitations of Code Enforcement
The City's Code Enforcement Officer will assist you in any way possible. However some enforcement issues may require referral to a different agency.  City Code Enforcement cannot help citizens rectify the following problems:

  • Emergency situations that threaten human life or property and demand immediate attention - Call 911
  • Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions – (CC&R) violations
  • Private disputes between neighbors
  • Situations which are not specifically addressed in the Bradbury Municipal Code

Why is Code Enforcement important?

  • Protect the safety and welfare of Bradbury residents
  • Maintain and increase property values
  • Reduce vandalism
  • Bolster maintenance and continued development in the City

Simply stated Code Enforcement is for the common good.  These rules and regulations have been enacted by the City to help ensure attractive neighborhoods, and a peaceful and enjoyable community for everyone.

Overall Policies

The City respects the desire of all residents and business owners to enjoy their property. The City also believes that responsible use of private property includes respect for community values, as contained in the City Code and Zoning Ordinance.  In order to assure that these values are upheld, the City Code and Zoning Ordinance will be enforced according to the following principles.

  1. The City will enforce its ordinances based on the violation, not the violator.  The focus of the City's code enforcement is on the nuisance activity or structure, without regard to the source of the complaint or the nature or character of the violator.
  2. The City will enforce confirmed violations based on the idea that they are violations against the City, not against a neighbor or other individual parties.
  3. The City will accept anonymous reports of violations when the violation can be observed from the public right-of-way.  Reports concerning violations inside a building or not visible from the public right-of-way will require a written complaint with the reporting party’s name and phone number included.  
  4. The City seeks compliance first and foremost.  Enforcement efforts are directed at providing opportunities for solving problems and eliminating violations, not punishing people.  
  5. When sufficient opportunity for eliminating the nuisance has been provided, but no significant results obtained, the City will aggressively pursue relief in the courts, including civil and criminal remedies.
  6. The City is aware that old age, infirmity or temporary financial hardship may hamper the violator’s ability to affect corrections according to a rigid schedule.  A flexible approach to obtaining compliance will be considered when these conditions are present.
  7. Health & Safety violations are given the highest priority so that human life and property are protected without delay.  Violations of ‘general welfare’ rules such as zoning will be addressed at a second level of attention, allowing reasonable solutions to be implemented in reasonable time.  The attached chart will be used as a guide.
Type of Enforcement Priority Tone Pace
1. Health & Safety      
Unsafe Buildings or Structures
Grading violation, egregious
Illegal wiring
Sewer spills
Unauthorized discharge
    into storm drain
Excess animals (cats, dogs, etc.)
Vector control (mosquitoes, rats)
Declared emergencies
Trash/Debris on property creating
    life safety issues
Fire protection / Fire Hazard
Hazardous Vegetation
Attractive Nuisances
First
First
First
First
First

First
First
First
First

First
First
First
Very Aggressive
Very Aggressive
Very Aggressive
Very Aggressive
Very Aggressive

Aggressive
Aggressive
Aggressive
Aggressive

Very Aggressive
Very Aggressive
Aggresive
Fast
Fast
Fast
Fast
Fast

Fast
Fast
Fast
Fast

Fast
Fast
Fast
2. On-going Enforcement      
Weed abatement
Graffiti
Hazardous Windows
Overgrown Vegetation
Second
Second
Second
Second
Procedural
Procedural
Procedural
Procedural
Slow
Moderate
Moderate
Fast
3. General Welfare      
Illegal use of structure
Structure (temporary) in setback
Construction without permits
Hours of Construction
Illegal tree trimming
Over-height fence
Abandoned vehicle
Trash cans in front yard/street
Front Yard Storage
Oversized Vehicles
Illegal Signs Trash/Debris on prop.
    not creating safety issues
Discarded Furniture
Clotheslines
Abandoned Buildings
Unpainted Buildings
Boxes and Debris
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Third

Third
Third
Third
Third
Third
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative

Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Mediative
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate

Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate
Slow to Moderate

Guidelines for Exercising Enforcement Authority

  • Enforcement of the provisions of the Bradbury Municipal Code and other applicable laws shall be limited to cases where
    a.    a specific bona fide citizen complaint;
    b.    where the violation occurs within the context of the City’s oversight and approval of a project; or
    c.    where the enforcement action is part of a “plan for the uniform enforcement of a provision of the Bradbury Municipal Code or other applicable laws within the City.”  
  • No notice to correct shall be issued pursuant to a citizen complaint until the City staff has conducted an independent investigation and determined that there is good cause to believe that a violation of the Bradbury Municipal Code or other applicable law has occurred. The City shall keep record of all citizen complaints.

Informal Attempts to Encourage Compliance

  • Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted to preclude the City from informally encouraging citizens to comply with the Bradbury Municipal Code or other applicable laws.  Informal, oral or written requests to encourage compliance are encouraged as are attempts to informally negotiate or mediate issues relating to compliance.

Enforcement Process  
For violations the following steps shall be taken after the officer receives the complaint:

  • A Notice to Correct will be mailed, or an onsite inspection will be made to determine if a violation of the City Code exists, both within three (3) days of receipt.
  • An onsite inspection shall take place after thirty (30) days have elapsed since the Notice to Correct was mailed.
  • In the case of sporadic violations, such as parking on the lawn or auto repair, several re-inspections may be necessary before it can be determined no violations exist. For these type cases, letters shall not be sent before an onsite inspection is made.
  • The case shall be closed once it is determined that no violations exist, or that the violations have been abated.

If a violation is observed after the onsite inspection, a Notice to Correct is sent to the resident and/or property owner, or hung on the door. The letter explains the following points:

  • Purpose and reasoning for properly maintaining the property.
  • Specific violations observed.
  • Methods for correcting the violations.
  • Voluntary Code compliance is the goal on such violations.
  • Possibility of criminal or civil action if correction(s) are not made by a specified date (known as the “abatement date”).

Officers shall re-inspect the property within five (5) days after the expiration of the abatement date.

  • If the violations are corrected, then the case is closed.  
  • If violations remain, a civil citation may be given to a responsible party.

In extenuating circumstances, or if the responsible party is actively moving forward in abating the violation(s), an extension to the abatement date may be granted. If a property was issued a proper Notice to Abate for Weed Abatement, Property Conservation, or Vehicle Abatement, and the violation still exists after the abatement date, the City contractor should be contacted to abate the nuisance or the vehicle should be towed away. In addition, the property owner shall be issued a Civil Citation.

Notice to Correct and Stop Order

  • Whenever a violation is discovered which can be corrected and the responsible person has not been issued a Notice to Correct for the same violation within the past 12 months, the City shall issue a notice to correct in order to notify the responsible person of the violation and to order that violation be corrected within a responsible time. Unless otherwise stated in the Bradbury Municipal Code thirty (30) calendar days shall be considered a reasonable time to correct any violation.
  • The notice to correct shall be in writing and shall set forth the facts that constitute the violation, the specific provisions of the law which have been violated, the specific acts required to correct the violation, the time allowed to correct the violation and the rights to appeal the notice to correct.
  • If the violation is related to a permit, license or other city approval of a project, the notice to correct may be accompanied by a stop work order which orders the responsible person to immediately stop any and all work on the project that is subject to the permit, license or approval until the violation is corrected.    

Service of Notices
Any notices required under this policy shall be served by personal delivery or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of the responsible person. If the responsible person is not present for personal delivery, if certified mail is refused, or if the location of a responsible person cannot be determined after diligent efforts, notices may be posted in a conspicuous place on the affected property for a period of ten (10) calendar days and by mailing first class to the last known address.

Unresponsive Parties
For situations involving parties that are unresponsive to verbal notices, written notices and/or citations, staff shall contact the City Manager for assistance in proceeding with the case. Only the City Manager shall contact the City Attorney for prosecution assistance.

Responsible Party
Responsible Party is described as follows:
a.    An individual causing a Code violation.
b.    An individual, by his or her action or failure to act, maintains or allows a Code violation to continue.
c.    An individual whose agent, employee, or independent contractor causes a Code violation by his or her action or failure to act.
d.    An owner of or a lessee or sub-lessee with the current right of possession of real property on which a Code violation occurs.
e.    A natural person or legal entity, and the owners, majority stockholders, corporate officers, trustees, and general partners of a legal entity.

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