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  • How do I report a violation?
    • Go to www.co.monterey.ca.us > Departments > Building Services > Code Enforcement > Filing A Complaint

  • Where can I get information on Code Compliance Ordinances?
    • Visit out Ordinances page here.

  • What do I do if I receive a Compliance Order?
    • Come to the Government Center and initially meet with the Planning Department.
    • If you have a question, contact the Inspector assigned to your case.

  • What do I do if a Stop Work Notice is placed on my parcel?
    • Come to the Government Center to meet initially with the Planning Department.
    • If you have a question, contact the Inspector assigned to your case.

  • Do I need a permit to build a shed on my property?
    • If the shed is less than 240 square feet with no electrical or plumbing, it will not require a Building permit but Planning regulations still apply such as setbacks and design control issues.

  • What are setbacks and how do I determine mine?
    • Call the Planning Department Counter at 755-5025, or come to the Government Center.

  • When is a grading permit required?
    • If you cut and fill > 100 cubic yards combined.
    • If you live in the Coastal Zone, any grading would be reviewed to identify if a Planning permit is required.
    • A fill >1 foot and intended to support a structure.
    • A cut over two feet deep.
    • Grading on slopes greater than 25%.
    • Erosion/drainage issues

  • What are the regulations regarding storage or parking of commercial vehicles in residential zones?
    • Not allowed in certain zones.
    • Check with the Planning Department
  • Can I legalize an addition or detached structure that was constructed without permits?
    • Yes, but it will depend on the size and zoning regulations.

  • Can someone live in a recreational vehicle on private property?
    • Temporarily during construction, but an active construction permit is required including a Planning permit.

  • The violation existed before I bought the property. Why am I responsible for clearing the violation?
    • Code enforcement violations run with the property not with the past owner.

  • A Notice of Violation has been recorded on my parcel. How can I get it removed?
    • Clear the violation.
    • Pay any Administrative costs and fees.
      • Two separate checks are required; one for recording fees and one for the Administrative costs/fees.

  • Can I operate a business out of my home?
    • Check with the Planning Department for your zoning regulations.

  • Who can obtain information about my case?
    • A code enforcement case is considered confidential unless permission is granted by the owner to release information. A written letter is required from the property owner. An Agent Authorization form is available for this purpose.

  • How do I apply for an extension to my Compliance Order Corrective Action due dates?
    • Write a letter, directed to The Code Enforcement Supervisor, stating the following:
      • Request a specific amount of time with a specific date. Generally, any request past three months will need further review.
      • State why the extension is requested.
      • Actions you have taken to abate violations to date.

  • Who do I contact to obtain public records for a code enforcement case?
    • A Records Request must be submitted. The form can be submitted by phone, downloading the request form and faxing, telephone, or at the Government Center counter.

  • Do I have to give the Code Enforcement Inspector access to my property?
    • No, but the Building Services Department can obtain an Inspection Warrant to obtain access to your property.