Code Enforcement

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The City of Monrovia has a comprehensive Code Enforcement program, which helps to protect property owner investment, promote the general health and welfare, and enhance the quality of neighborhoods. It is an integral part of the City's commitment to neighborhood improvement. When homes and businesses are properly maintained, it has a positive effect on the overall appearance of our City.

The goal of the Code Enforcement program is to bring to the attention of property owners any existing code violations that could have a negative impact on the property, neighborhood, and the City as a whole. Through voluntary compliance, cooperation, and a spirit of personal responsibility for the well-being of our community, the program will succeed in making Monrovia an even better place in which to live, work, and shop.

What can you do to help?

Each of us as citizens and/or property owners in the City owe it to ourselves and our neighbors to maintain our homes and businesses in a manner that has a positive effect on the overall appearance.

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 that downgrades the value, use, enjoyment, or safety of one's own or surrounding properties.

Remember: When it involves your property, house, parkway or place of business, it is your responsibility!

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, such as 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.

Abandoned or Inoperable Vehicles

An inoperable vehicle is any vehicle incapable of movement under its own power or has expired tags.

Did you know that abandoned, inoperable or dismantled vehicles may not be parked in public view or view of surrounding neighbors on a residential zoned lot?

Are you the owner of the vehicle and the cost to have the vehicle repaired or towed away is beyond your budget? Is there a car or cars in your neighborhood that have been allowed to sit for days, months, or years that have become an eyesore and you don't know what to do or who to call?

In both instances, the City can help. The City has a Vehicle Abatement Program for the removal of inoperable vehicles, boats, or trailers on private property, with the consent of the property owner, AT NO COST. This assumes that the owner no longer wants the car and has no way to remove it off the property.

But, what if the owner wants to keep the car? Ideally, inoperable vehicles should be stored in the garage; however, the vehicle can be parked/stored in the side or rear yard if it is completely screened from public view and the view of the surrounding neighbors and parked on a paved surface. Screening requirements include the side and back yards.

For more information, contact Monrovia City Hall at (626) 932-5582 and ask for Code Enforcement. Officers spend a great deal of time in the field and may not be available, but please leave your name, phone number and a brief message, and a staff person will call you back. All calls are kept in strict confidence.

Cars Left On The Street

Cars parked on the street are under the jurisdiction of the Monrovia Police Department. The California State Motor Vehicle Code states that inoperable vehicles may not be parked on public streets, and any car which has not been moved for 72 hours can be towed away. Residents may call the Monrovia Police Department at (626) 256-8000.

Shopping Carts

Did you know that it is illegal to use a shopping cart to take your groceries home? California law (Business and Professions Code section 22435) strictly prohibits the removal of shopping carts from store premises. Despite this law, shopping carts continue to find their way from store parking lots onto city streets.

The City of Monrovia has received many complaints from residents and business owners about shopping carts being taken from stores and left on nearby streets and sidewalks. These stray carts can cause accidents and create an unattractive, blighted appearance throughout the community.

Help beautify the community by not using shopping carts to take your groceries home. If you see a stray cart in your neighborhood, you can have it removed by calling 1-800-252-4613 and reporting its location.