Home & Property Maintenance Issues

Maintain the Exterior Appearance of Your Home

A well-maintained home presents a pleasing appearance, enhancing the neighborhood and economy of the community.


  • Do not hang clothes out to dry on a clothesline in a front or side yard, on a porch, fence or balcony railing.
  • Maintain exterior appearance by painting areas of your house and garage that have become weathered or where the paint is peeling.
  • Repair all visibly broken or deteriorated items such as light fixtures, window or door screens, walls and fences, etc.


  • Cut and maintain your lawn and parkway on a weekly basis. High grass or dead lawns contribute to blighted conditions and create a nuisance. It can also make grass fires more dangerous for firefighters and homeowners.
  • Overgrown vegetation that detracts from the appearance of the home and the neighborhood is not permitted. Adequate groundcover is required to minimize erosion.
  • Regularly water and maintain the landscaping of your property in front of your home, including the city parkway (except trees maintained by the City).
  • Residents who leave their lawn and landscaping to become dry and brown, and subsequently die, are at risk of receiving a Code Enforcement violation.
  • To reduce interference with vehicles, pedestrians, water drainage, or street maintenance, trim all vegetation, shrubs, bushes and trees on a regularly so they do not overhang on sidewalks, parkways, curbs or streets.


  • Do not park on your front or side yard or anywhere that blocks the sidewalk.
  • Move or store any vehicle that is inoperable out of public view.


  • Before expanding, get approval from the Planning Division at 626-570-5034.
  • Don't convert a garage, shed or other building to living space. It is only safe and legal to live in a garage, attic or basement that has been legally converted to a habitable room with proper building permits.
  • Don't subdivide your home into more than one residential unit.


  • Garages are to be used for parking vehicles.
  • Remove excessive storage in your garage.

Swimming Pools

  • All rules apply to permanent and temporary pools.
  • Clean pool regularly.
  • Drain pool into the sewer, not into the street or a storm drain.
  • Surround the pool with a 6-foot fence having a self-closing gate.

Trash & Recycling Containers

  • Do not throw used motor oil (and filters) in the trash or down any type of drain. Recycle them by taking them to a certified used oil recycling center.
  • Place trash, yard waste, and recycling containers on the curb for disposal anytime afternoon on the day before collection and remove them before 6 am the day after collection.
  • Scavenging or removing items from trash cans or recycling containers is prohibited.
  • Store trash/recycling containers out of public view.
  • Take household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronic waste to a local roundup.