Community Preservation Division
(formerly 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.

Mission Statement

Community 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

  • Administer a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations of the Temple City Municipal Code

  • Work with 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.

  • Utilize an effective "Complaint Management System", which is a responsive solution-oriented approach, designed specifically to provide practical and efficient response to community preservation complaints.

  • Establish 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.

  • Target the 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 commercial properties.

  • 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 dwelling spaces.

  • 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 industrial zones.

  • 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:

  1. observation of a code violation by City staff as they patrol the community and do their jobs;

  2. as a consequence of an action (for example, an application for a building permit or a request for a zoning variance); or

  3. 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 City Community Preservation Division located at:

City of Temple City Hall
Community Preservation Division
9701 Las Tunas Drive
Temple City, CA 91780

Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am to 6:00pm
Phone: 626.285.2171 
Community Preservation Hotline: 626.285.5240
Community Preservation Email:

Please report a possible code violation to the Community Preservation Officer responsible for your area.  Please see the Community Preservation Officer Coverage Map for officer contact information.

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:

Viet Tran
Senior Community Preservation Officer
Phone:  626.285.2171 (ext. 2335)

Rommel Delagarza
Community Preservation Officer
Phone:  626.285.2171 (ext. 2337)

Jonathan Aceves
Community Preservation Officer
Phone:  626.285.2171 (ext. 2334)

What is the procedure for following up on possible code violations?

City staff responds to Community 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 violations?

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.


Temple City Municipal & Zoning Codes

Los Angeles County Codes

California Codes