Following are some of the most frequently encountered violations in the City. It is our hope the information provided will help the citizens of Whittier to realize beautiful low-crime neighborhoods while avoiding penalties.
While it may be convenient, parking on a lawn or in a yard is prohibited and you will be cited. Park only on a permitted driveway or in a parking area.
The storage of vehicles not currently registered or not in a drivable condition is regulated and requires that the stored vehicle be screened from public view. Failure to properly store a vehicle could result in the loss of the vehicle. Please contact Code Enforcement for more information.
While it may be convenient to leave the containers out at the street or curb, they create a visual blight in the neighborhood and it is prohibited by code. Do not bring the containers out until the evening before the day of pick-up. Store the containers in an area that is screened from view. Remember to consider your neighbors!
Household pets and animals are limited by type and number, according to the zone where they are located. Dogs and cats are limited to a maximum of three per single-family residence or two per unit in apartments or duplexes. Some animals, like roosters, goats and other farm or exotic type animals are prohibited or require a permit. Remember to cleanup after your pets on a regular basis and maintain control over your dog at all times.
The one thing that does more to improve the appearance of property and set the tone of the neighborhood is a beautifully landscaped and well-maintained yard. You are required to maintain your landscaping in a manner approved or acceptable in the field of horticulture. Remember that all landscaping should be maintained on a regular basis and before it becomes a problem. Trees and shrubs growing into a neighbors yard may not violate the municipal code but it does not promote good relations between neighbors.
Peeling Paint, dead weeds, dead & dying trees and shrubs, broken or missing windows, junk and debris in yard areas, fences that are not maintained, clotheslines or drying clothes on fences in front yards are just some examples of substandard conditions. Not only do these conditions diminish the property values of your neighborhood, but left uncorrected they also subject the property owner to fines, property tax liens and the possibility of a criminal complaint. The City’s Housing and Redevelopment Division administers programs to help property owners make needed corrections and improvements. To learn more about these programs please call (562) 567-9190.
Home occupations or home-based businesses are allowed provided that the occupant first obtains a business license and adheres to all the limitations set forth in the zoning code. Those limitations are intended to ensure that the business activity of those engaged in home-based businesses do not adversely affect the peaceful use and enjoyment of the adjacent properties. For more information about zoning codes, please contact the Planning Division at (562) 567-9190.
Yard sales are allowed without a permit but are regulated by code. Those regulations include: no more than one such sale per lot during any three-month period, no sale shall be of duration in excess of two days, hours for such sales are between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.