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Code Enforcement

People live and raise their families in Carlsbad's neighborhoods.  Recognizing the importance of protecting the home environment, 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.

The city's role

In general, the city acts on behalf of the public at large ... the division does not take action on behalf of one resident against another.  In other words, 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, CC&Rs are not enforced by the city.

Free mediation service

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.

More information 

To obtain further information regarding what is not a code violation, please call 760-602-2703 M-F between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.