Development Services

Code Enforcement

We're committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods, our commercial corridors, and our industrial areas. Our Code Enforcement staff respond to a variety of complaints of violations of the Long Beach Municipal Code, including substandard buildings, property maintenance, inoperative vehicles, weed abatement, and land use violations.

When violations are identified, the responsible parties are contacted and requested to abate the conditions. Failure to correct violations could result in a citation or a referral to the City Prosecutor's office.

Long Beach is divided into three Code Enforcement areas which are aligned with the existing divisions of the Police Department. Each area is assigned a code enforcement team that works with individuals, neighborhood associations, and local business groups to resolve code enforcement issues and maintain the safety and livability of the community.


Due to COVID-19, City Hall, including the Neighborhood Resource Center, remains closed to the public until further notice. However, the Building & Safety Permit Center on the 2nd floor is now open for appointment-only service for Express Permits (minor construction projects).

At this time, all Bureau services are operating as usual, including the Garage Resale Program.

Our staff will continue to address any health and life safety or abatement issues such as raw sewage spills, illegal garage conversions, and accessory structures and commercial buildings that are being used as dwellings. However, extra degrees of precaution will be taken to protect members of the public as well as inspectors, such as:

    • Avoiding handshaking
    • Asking if there is anyone sick on the property or project prior to starting the inspection
    • Exercising proper social distancing during the inspection

NOTICE: The City of Long Beach reviews and revises its Master Fees and Charges Schedule on a citywide basis bi-annually. On May 18, 2021, the City Council approved changes to the citywide fees schedule, including recommendations based on a cost of service study for the Development Services Department. However, the Department is delaying implementation of its fee changes until further notice and will continue the current fee structure that was put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.  View the Department’s current fee schedule.

To anonymously report a non-essential business operating in violation of the Long Beach Safer at Home Order, please contact the Code Enforcement Bureau at 562.570.CODE (2633),, or via the Dynamic Portal.


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Administrative Citation

Board of Examiners, Appeals & Condemnation (BEAC)

Construction Noise

Current Open Cases

Garage Resale Program

Historic Preservation

Proactive Rental Housing Inspection Program (PRHIP)

Short-Term Rentals


All vacant lots in the City of Long Beach must be registered with the Vacant Lot Registry. Visit the Vacant Lot Ordinance program page to view the map and learn more.
To submit referrals about possible unpermitted, unsafe, unhealthy, or unsightly conditions in homes and neighborhoods, call (562) 570-CODE (2633) or visit the Code Enforcement Referrals page.

The Garage Resale Program requires any property owner selling a residential building within the designated parking impacted area to sign off on a report regarding the availability of legally required off-street parking spaces. If the property is not included in the parking impacted area, this program does not apply. For more information, visit our Garage Resale Program page.

Any foreclosed property in the City of Long Beach must be registered and renewed annually with the City’s Foreclosure Registry Program. More information.


2020 Code Enforcement Bureau Quarterly Report

Striving to maintain and improve the quality of life of neighborhoods and community corridors, the Bureau received 5,397 general property complaints and collected $17,976 in fines & fees for various violations. Also, 4,911 City health order compliance inspections by the Venue Task Force were conducted.
View 1st Quarter Report