Code Enforcement

One of the main goals of the Code Enforcement program is to bring to the attention of residential and business owners any existing code violation, which could have a negative impact on their neighborhood.  Many such code violations are referred to as "public nuisances”.  Through voluntary compliance, cooperation, and a spirit of personal responsibility for the well-being of our community, conditions that create code violations can be eliminated and the program will succeed in making the City of Temecula an even better place to live.

As citizens of the City of Temecula, we owe it to ourselves and to our neighbors to maintain our homes and businesses in a manner, which has a positive effect on the overall appearance of our City.

The basis of the Code Enforcement program rests upon each of us acting as good neighbors.  We all have property rights that protect us; however, the term "property rights" also implies that a property owner has certain responsibilities.  No property within the city may be used or maintained in a manner, which downgrades the value, use, enjoyment or safety of one’s own or surrounding property.

Code Enforcement personnel are always available to attend neighborhood and organizational meetings to explain the program and assist citizens with improving their neighborhoods.

Review the Temecula Municipal Code here.

Reporting a violation

There are various ways you can report an alleged code enforcement violation to the City of Temecula:

If you are uncertain that a code violation has occurred, feel free to contact us.

Investigating violations  
Upon receiving a complaint, a code enforcement officer will inspect the site to confirm the alleged violations.  The officer will contact the property owner to explain the problem and suggest solutions.  The property owner is then given time to take care of the violation.  While most property owners comply after the first notification, those who do not receive additional notices or citations. 
Problems are addressed in a confidential, friendly, and understanding way.

Common Code Enforcement Violations

Residential Zones

  • Accumulation of trash, junk, and debris
  • Overgrown, dead, decayed hazardous vegetation
  • Deteriorated fencing, walls, buildings, structures
  • Broken windows
  • Trash containers in public view
  • Repairing, restoring or dismantling of vehicles or machinery in public view
  • Lack of maintenance for pools, spas, ponds or other bodies of water
  • Illegal grading
  • Construction without building permits - patios, retaining walls, pools, garage conversions
  • Construction activity occurring prior to 6:30 am on weekdays
  • Home occupations operating without permits

Commercial Zones

  • Operating without a business license
  • Illegal Signs or signs without permits
  • Ambient air balloons without permits
  • Failure to obtain Certificates of Occupancy
  • Encroachment of right of ways
  • Temporary use permits for special events
  • Unauthorized parking 
  • Street vendors

Substandard Housing

  • Inoperative electrical wiring, receptacles, switches
  • Inoperative plumbing equipment
  • Lack of hot and cold running water
  • Lack of heating or ventilation
  • Inadequate waterproofing
  • Infestation of insects, vermin, rodents
  • Deteriorated floors, walls, ceilings or roofs


  • Inoperative, abandoned, vehicles on private property (driveways, front yards)
  • Recreational vehicles (motor home, trailer, boat) stored on private property
  • Parking on unpaved surfaces
  • Unauthorized parking on private property