Monday, July 27, 2009

Things are quiet - thankfully

But when things get quiet crime wise I start getting asked all sorts of non-neighborhood watch type questions. Most revolve around code enforcement. I can answer basic questions but my best advice is talk to the person direct rather than ask me to get involved.

The city web has some terrific information regarding code enforcement and what is or isn't permitted. The link to the page is HERE. You can always call 626/932-5504 and ask for code enforcement to answer your specific questions. If your complaint bothers you enough you may make an anonymous complaint to the city regarding the problem. (That should be the last resort if talking with the neighbor doesn't work).

In answer to the most common questions I have been asked of late here is direct from the city web a list of items not permitted by code that has so many around here concerned.

Common Neighborhood Code Violations
All of the problems listed below are contributors to the decline of residential neighborhoods. Not only are conditions of this type unsightly, but they could present a health or fire hazard.

Code violations can exist in any neighborhood. Usually these conditions have not been corrected because a property owner is unaware he/she is in violation of a code. We hope that the following information will help you to understand commonly cited violations of the City's Municipal Code.

  • Unsightly conditions on private property, including overgrown weeds, trash, junk, debris, discarded or unused furniture, and trash cans stored in public view.
  • Housing deterioration as a result of lack of maintenance: including broken windows, lack of paint, etc.
  • Trash cans must be stored out of public view except when placed out for pick-up. No trash containers should be placed for collection until after sunset on the day prior to collection and must be removed by sunset on the day of collection.
  • Illegal garage conversions, and any building construction and alterations without a permit is not allowed in the City. Storage of materials, other than customary household materials in a residential neighborhood.
  • Nuisances dangerous to children, such as abandoned refrigerators, broken equipment and unprotected or hazardous pools and bodies of water.
  • Front yard parking: Front yard parking and the parking of inoperable vehicles in public view is prohibited. Also, remember that your vehicle should not extend over a public sidewalk when parked. Parking on front yard or lawn areas is prohibited by the Monrovia Municipal Code. A parking citation can be issued for violations of this code. Inoperable vehicles: Inoperable or dismantled vehicles may not be stored or parked in public view on a residential zoned lot.