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Code Enforcement FAQs

The City of Carlsbad will continue to support construction activities. If conditions change, the city will make adjustments as needed based on the guidance we receive from state and county officials.

The city has adopted codes and policies that govern the use and maintenance of private property. Code enforcement officers strive to maintain a balanced role in promoting active cooperation and communication between neighbors and effective enforcement of the City of Carlsbad's municipal codes.

If you have received a citation and would like to appeal the citation, you will need to complete the appeal form.  If you feel you are unable to pay the citation due to a hardship, you must complete the hardship form.

The city does not handle neighbor disputes or civil problems that do not violate public law. For instance, a neighbor's tree may drop leaves in an adjoining yard, or cause damage to a fence or other structure. These types of situations are a private matter between the two property owners, and the city has no jurisdiction. Also, Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are not enforced by the city.

The City of Carlsbad provides a mediation program free to its residents. Mediation is a confidential meeting between people who have a disagreement and a trained, neutral mediator who guides a discussion of issues toward a mutually acceptable agreement. Cases may be self-referred by any Carlsbad resident who is involved in the dispute by calling 760-434-2868.

Real Estate Signs

There are rules and regulations for displaying your Open House Signs.  If you do not follow the rules and regulations, your signs will be picked up by the Code Enforcement team.  If you would like to retrieve your signs, you must call 760-602-2703 to arrange for an appointment.  The only times you will be allowed to pick up your signs are on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.  There will be no outside appointments.  Be sure to bring your ID so we can make sure we are giving out the correct signs.  Your signs will only be held for 30 days, and after that time they will be discarded.  If you use Open House signs that are generic and do not have your name on the front, it is recommended you initial the back side of the sign.


In the past couple of years, in response to increasing concerns about homelessness in the City of Carlsbad, city staff have enhanced efforts to assist those in need of housing and reduce the impacts of homelessness on the community. The Carlsbad City Council approved a multi-departmental Homeless Response Plan in 2017 that takes a “compassionate enforcement” approach to this regionwide problem. 

To obtain further information regarding what is not a code violation, please call 760-602-2703 during the department's regular business hours.