Code Enforcement

The City of South Gate maintains an active Code Enforcement Program which works together with residents and the business community to preserve clean and safe neighborhoods. The city has adopted codes that address property maintenance standards, which include:
  • Building
  • Graffiti
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Signage
  • Zoning
A variety of other codes provide direction in areas which may affect the quality of life for your neighbors and community. The goal is to eliminate blight which improves the appearance of commercial and residential areas.

Codes Enforced

Private Property Maintenance Violations

  • Discarded Furniture
  • Graffiti
  • Inoperable Vehicles
  • Landscaping
  • Trash and Debris
  • Other Violations that May Diminish Property Values

Building Maintenance Violations

  • Abandoned or Unfinished Buildings
  • Inadequate:
    • Electrical
    • Exits
    • Fire Protection
    • Maintenance
    • Mechanical
    • Plumbing
    • Sanitation
  • Unpainted Buildings

Improper Occupancies

  • Enclosed Patio Conversions
  • Garage Conversions
  • Illegal Divisions of Dwellings
  • Laundry Room Conversions
  • Rumpus Room Conversions
  • Storage Room Conversions
  • Any Other Types of Conversions

Illegal Dumping

To report illegal dumped items, please call the City`s Illegal Dumping Hotline at (323) 563-9575 and provide the location and description of the items. The City`s Code Enforcement Division will conduct an inspection and ensure the appropriate person/organization removed the items. Please click here for a handout with further details on illegal dumping.

Non-Permitted Construction

Any type of construction done without first obtaining all required permits and approvals from the City of South Gate.


File a Complaint

There are several ways to file a code enforcement complaint:
  • Contact the Code Enforcement Division at (323) 563-9558, Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Visit the Code Enforcement Division at City Hall (8650 California Avenue), Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m (City Hall closes Fridays).
  • You may also speak to your assigned area officer 8 - 9 a.m., Monday - Thursday by calling 323-563-9558.
  • Call the Code Enforcement Hotline at 323-563-9598 to report a code violation.