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Citations and Violations

Citations and Violations

The Code Enforcement Team is here to help you bring your property or business into compliance. The fastest way to do so is to remove the violation or substandard condition as quickly as possible and inform the Inspector working on your case.

If You Have a Violation on Your Property

Most simple violations can be resolved quickly and easily by the homeowner or property owner.

Sometimes a building permit is required. Some permits, such as permits for installing a hot water heater, may be issued over the counter. Others, such as for a patio cover, require plans.

Depending on the type of work, the services of a licensed contractor, architect or engineer may be required.

Enforcement Process

Once submitted, a complaint is assigned to a Code Enforcement Inspector. Safety violations take priority. The inspector investigates the alleged violation to determine if any codes have been violated by contacting the property owner and requesting to inspect the property if necessary.

A series of notices are issued. The notices detail the type of violation and give a time frame for compliance. After receiving a notice, the receiver should contact the Inspector whose name is at the bottom of the letter immediately. The inspector follows up until the violation is resolved. 

While our goal is to obtain voluntary compliance from residents, property owners and business owners Administrative Citations may be issued for code violations that are not removed in a timely manner.

The fine for the first citation is $100. For the second citation, the violation is $200, and for the third violation, the fine is $500. You may be cited each day the violation exists beyond the correction date.

Depending on the type and severity of the violation, Code Enforcement may take legal action or pursue criminal charges as a last resort.

On April 3, 2007, the Burbank City Council adopted the Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance which encompasses commercial and multi-family residential properties. The intent of the ordinance is to protect the health of Burbank residents and visitors by limiting their exposure to secondhand smoke. The ordinance prohibits smoking in specific locations throughout the city. The ordinance became effective on May 12, 2007.

On October 5, 2010, the Burbank City Council adopted five new restrictions pertaining to multi-family residential properties. If you have questions or complaints please contact Code Enforcement, at (818) 238-5225 or [email protected]