known as Code Enforcement)
One of Temple
City's most valuable assets is its neighborhoods. A community of
well maintained properties can enhance property values, increase
civic pride, and improve the quality of life for the residents of
the City. Poorly maintained homes and apartments can lower
neighborhood property values; negatively affect neighborhood pride;
and contribute towards crime as well as health and safety hazards.
The City of
Temple City Community Preservation Division enforces a broad range of
public health and safety regulations including housing, zoning,
health, environmental, public nuisance, and other safety codes that
are designed to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment,
carry out land use policy, and preserve the quality of life
standards that residents and businesses enjoy in our community.
Our neighborhoods are the environment in which we live and raise our
families. Blight and nuisances can devalue, detract, and degrade the
quality of any neighborhood. Recognizing the importance of
protecting the home environment, the City has adopted codes that
govern the use and maintenance of private property.
Preservation staff members are dedicated to providing superior service to our
community. Community Preservation officers are required to be customer
service oriented and sympathetic. At the same time, the nature of
their work requires them to be firm, fair and consistent in carrying
out their enforcement duties. We assist residents in creating
solutions for every problem, our community preservation program is
progressive, and our staff is dedicated to putting forth their very
best efforts. The mission of Community Preservation is to promote and
maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment.
Goals of Community Preservation
fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of
Temple City Municipal Code
Temple City residents, businesses, neighborhood associations,
and public service agencies to: establish community priorities
for community preservation; assist community self-help programs; and
develop public outreach programs.
effective "Complaint Management System", which is a responsive
solution-oriented approach, designed specifically to provide
practical and efficient response to community preservation complaints.
priorities for a proactive approach to community preservation. Long
term comprehensive solutions are developed and implemented in
order to address specific nuisances or community preservation problems
within the community.
most common code violations for a proactive approach to
community preservation to preserve and enhance the community.
Types of Violations and/or
Complaints Handled by Community Preservation Division
Unkept swimming pools with stagnant, standing water.
Overgrown grass, weeds and vegetation in yard areas.
Lack of appropriate or adequate landscaping.
Trash cans stored in public view on non-collection days.
Accumulation of junk, trash and debris on residential and
Front or side yard parking.
Inoperable vehicles stored in public view.
Yard or garage sales (signs and permits).
Illegal conversions of garages and other structures into
Building without permits.
Unmaintained buildings due to chipping/peeling paint,
deteriorated roof covering, etc.
Trimming or removing City trees without permits.
Illegal signs, banners and pennants in commercial and
The posting of signs, banners, advertisements, posters or
flyers on signal poles, utility poles, signposts, trees and
medians and in the public right-of-way.
Businesses (residential/commercial) operating without a City
issued business license.
Community Preservation FAQS
Because there are so many types of codes - many
involving complex technical or legal issues residents frequently
have questions about community preservation and their role in making
Temple City a better place to live and work. The following
information will answer the most frequently asked questions about
community preservation in our community.
How are codes enforced?
The community preservation process is typically
initiated in several ways:
observation of a code violation by City staff as they patrol the
community and do their jobs;
as a consequence of an action (for example, an application for a
building permit or a request for a zoning variance); or
in response to a complaint by an individual.
How do I notify the City about a
possible code violation?
A complaint about a possible code violation is
made by letter, telephone, email, or in person to the City of Temple
Preservation Division located at:
City of Temple City Hall
9701 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA 91780
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm
Preservation Hotline: 626.285.5240
Please report a possible code violation to the
Preservation Officer responsible for your area. Please see
Officer Coverage Map for officer contact information.
In addition to the 24-hour Community
Preservation Hotline 626.285.5240, residents can contact a Community
Preservation Officer on Saturdays, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at
except holidays, to report code violations (e.g., building without a
permit, scavengers, vendors, illegal curb painting, etc.). For more
information, please contact the Community Preservation Division
during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to
6:00pm, at 626.285.2171.
In an average
year, the City receives several thousand complaints related to
possible community preservation violations. Please be prepared with
specific information, such as the address of the property, detailed
description of the situation, and the length of time you have
observed the situation. Complaints may be made anonymously (however,
this may restrict the City's ability to follow-up on the complaint
or our ability to obtain additional details which might assist in
resolving the situation).
Thank you for
your assistance in preserving the City of Temple City and making it
a great place to live and work.
Community Preservation Officers:
Phone: 626.285.2171 (ext. 2335)
Phone: 626.285.2171 (ext. 2337)
Community Preservation Officer
Phone: 626.285.2171 (ext. 2334)
Phone: 626.285.2171 (ext. 2328)
Phone: 626.285.2171 (ext. 2347)
What is the procedure for following up
on possible code violations?
City staff responds to
Preservation complaints according to the impact of the violation on the
community. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health
and safety are given top priority; others are pursued in the order
in which they are received.
For all types of code complaints, the first step
in the follow-up procedure is personal contact by a City staff
member to ascertain if a code violation exists, and to request
remediation. If the individual responsible for the situation is not
available, or appears unwilling to voluntarily correct the code
violation in a timely manner, a notice and order or a citation may
be issued. The City may also take court action if the situation
poses a significant risk to the community or if the individual has
ignored previous notices/citations.
What penalties result from code
In some cases, the individual responsible for the
code violation is given the opportunity to voluntarily correct the
situation and comply with current codes without a penalty. If the
correction is not made, then the individual may be subject to fines
and other penalties.