City’s Code Compliance Division increases outreach to residents about ‘Good Neighbor’ policies

The City of West Hollywood’s Code Compliance Division works to maintain neighborhood livability by recognizing diverse and competing interests and working to find balance. The Code Enforcement team is responsible for enforcing all provisions of the City’s laws and ordinances, as governed by the West Hollywood Municipal Code, and it actively addresses community concerns about a variety of regulated issues.

To respond to an uptick in feedback about three specific concerns, the City’s Code Enforcement team is increasing outreach to residents and performing proactive inspections regarding:

  • Leaf-Blowers — Electric leaf-blowers are the only leaf-blowers permitted in the City of West Hollywood. The use of gas-powered leaf-blowers by residents or gardeners is prohibited and a violation may result in a fine ranging from $100 to $500 with a $50 administrative fee applied;
  • Trash and Recycling Bins — Leaving trash and recycling bins next to the curb indefinitely is prohibited. Bins may only be placed at the curb after 5:30 p.m. the day before collection; they must be at the curb by 6 a.m. on collection day and removed by 8 p.m. on collection day. Violations may result in a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000, with a $50 administrative fee applied; and
  • Overgrown Parkways/Hedges — Vegetation that is not cut back and extends into the sidewalk or street areas causes an obstruction for pedestrians and vehicles. More importantly, this prevents and/or hinders pedestrians who use a wheelchair or a walker from properly accessing sidewalk areas. Allowing vegetation to protrude into sidewalks and streets is a violation and may result in a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000, with a $50 administrative fee applied.

The City’s Code Enforcement team will be distributing warning notices in English and Spanish about leaf-blowers, trash bins, and overgrown hedges to hand out to residents and to gardeners when a violation is observed. As part of an expanded effort, the City will also provide informational notices to the City’s contracted Parking Enforcement and Block-by-Block personnel who may observe these types of issues in residential neighborhoods.

Property owners in residential neighborhoods are responsible for maintaining parkways and keeping hedges trimmed so they do not become overgrown and impact pedestrian walkways. The parkway is the strip of land between the street and the walkway; the parkway and walkway, together, make up the sidewalk, which is part of the public right-of-way. In West Hollywood, property owners are responsible for maintaining parkway plantings, except for street trees, which are maintained by the City. The City’s Parkway Design Guide helps residents with information about choosing and maintaining plantings.

As a garden-maintenance reminder, the City has adopted a Resolution urging community members to cease using pesticides containing glyphosate (the broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant in products such as Roundup) on their properties. In addition, the City is encouraging residents to voluntarily reduce water use to help preserve the region’s water storage reserves in response to extreme drought conditions impacting California.

The City’s Code Enforcement team actively addresses a range of other residential neighborhood concerns, such as noise; property maintenance; vacant properties; construction; zoning (short-term rentals and land use activities); and impediments in the public right-of-way (sidewalk, parkway, alley, or street). Community members who may have concerns are encouraged to reach out to the City’s Code Enforcement team by submitting a Service Request, which is a first step in investigating potential violations of the Municipal Code. The primary goal of Code Enforcement is to gain voluntary compliance so that residents better understand their responsibilities in maintaining their properties and preserving quality of life.

Service requests may be submitted on the City’s website at www.weho.org/servicerequest or by using the City of West Hollywood Official App, which may be downloaded on an Apple device from the iOS App Store or as an Android App on Google Play; search for “West Hollywood Official App.”

Community members may also call the City’s Code Enforcement line at (323) 848-6516. Enforcement hours are Monday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. When reporting a concern, please include your name and phone number, violation address, and reason for calling/concern. Investigations are confidential. For concerns outside of enforcement hours, please contact the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.

The City of West Hollywood’s Dockless Mobility Pilot Program permits e-scooters from Bird and Lime, and e-bikes from Wheels. Any concerns regarding e-scooters and e-bikes should be reported using the City’s Official App, or by email to parkingconcerns@weho.org, or by phone to (213) 247-7720.

For more information, please contact Danny Rivas, Code Compliance Manager, City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6424 or at drivas@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

The City of West Hollywood remains in a declared local emergency in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. West Hollywood City Hall is open for in-person transactions by appointment. Visitors to City Hall and City facilities are required to adhere to vaccine verification requirements. Click here for details. To make an appointment, visit www.weho.org/appointments. City Hall services remain accessible by phone at (323) 848-6400 and via the City’s website at www.weho.org. City of West Hollywood coronavirus information is available at www.weho.org/coronavirus.

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Jose
Jose
9 months ago

Leaf blowers are the #1 polluter in the whole city. From the micro particles blown into the air to the chemicals released.
They are too lazy to rake and sweep.
This is a major polluter that the City pretends doesn’t exist. They’ve ignored this for years. My street has zero peace and quiet during the day, every day because of gardeners *Hit & Run*

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  Jose

The very worst of the leaf blowers are the gas powered leaf blowers (because of incomplete combustion, emissions are higher) and they are by far NOTthe #1 polluter!” Passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks (internal combustion drive) are a major source of this pollution, which includes ozone, particulate matter, and other smog-forming emissions Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and Hydrocarbons. The #1 spot for air pollutions goes to Industrial Emissions

Cy Husain
9 months ago

It’s great that we have the City of West Hollywood Official App but, now we need to create (

Spoiler
or should have in the first place
) a citywide Municipal Broadband utility like a friend of mine on the Seattle City Council is trying to do. Even Biden’s American Jobs and Build Back better plans have called for Building high-speed broadband infrastructure to reach 100 percent coverage. The Biden sweeping infrastructure plan will make it easier for cities like West Hollywood to build and operate their own broadband networks, doing away with the corporate crooks❗😀

WehoFan
WehoFan
9 months ago

When will they address transients harassing people along santa monica blvd?

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  WehoFan

When I was busy organizing our unhoused neighbors including getting them registered to vote, some deputy sheriffs claimed I’m “harassing” them. I pointed out they do NOT need a street address to register to vote:

The section of the voter registration form that asks for your address allows voters to describe the place where you spend most of your time. You can include cross streets and routes to help establish your right to vote in your community.

Last edited 9 months ago by Cy Husain
:dpb
:dpb
9 months ago

Laughing my f—king ass off. This city is experiencing a tremendous crime and violence increase. And on top of that I can’t even walk one block to the grocery store without coming into contact with four to five homeless each time: their feces, shopping carts, debris and and pan-handling. And the city council and sheriff department are taking on neighborhood compliance: leaf blowers, trash cans, bushy bushes. WHAT THE F—K!?
THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD IS NOT SAFE.
Each council person should be arrested and tried for non-compliance of doing their elected job.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
9 months ago
Reply to  :dpb

More fear mongering from you. I don’t know where you live but it’s not in reality.

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

The internet troll needs to actually visit West Hollywood for the first time ever as opposed just posting nonsense on the internet.

BIAS
BIAS
9 months ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Mr. Husain, your continual comments on Wehoville are not helpful as they appear to be based on your personal bias(s) and clearly out of the realm of credibility. Please find some productive activity to involve yourself in and be the change you envision.

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  BIAS

And the right-wing internet trolls claiming to be from West Hollywood with all indications showing otherwise, are some type of unquestionably reliable source❓🤣

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
9 months ago
Reply to  BIAS

His comments are always helpful. Everyone has bias.

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  :dpb

Rise in crime❓ Not in California❗

Overall violent crime is on par with last year and property crime is down nearly 8%.

Don’t believe the narrative that the cops are pushing.
Rise in California homicides echoes the nation, but California fares better in violent crime, FBI stats show. The numbers also showed an increase in fatal gun violence accounted for by the recent easy access to high-tech ghost guns.

Cy Husain
9 months ago

The best thing about cordless electric leaf blowers is that ANTIFA has shown that they can be used to effectively by protestors to blow tear gas back into the face of law enforcement

:dpb
:dpb
9 months ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Don’t worry, West Hollywood doesn’t have law enforcement.

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  :dpb

When I say that, Sheriff Villanueva accuses me of bashing law enforcement ❗ LASD deputies do drive by shootings with “less lethal” rounds on LA teenagers coming home from school and, nothing comes of it.

WehoFan
WehoFan
9 months ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Is this person crazy?

Cy Husain
9 months ago
Reply to  WehoFan

I am NOT a Psychiatrist but, the outlandish and outright paranoid misinformation along with his consistent abnormal behavior that Sheriff Alex Villanueva has exhibited, should attract their professional attention ❗

Lawless City
Lawless City
9 months ago

West Hollywood has become a near lawless city. With plenty of ordinances, they appear to be window dressing designed to have the residents and visitors believe that high standards exist and will be enforced. False sense of security endorsed by city.

JF1
JF1
9 months ago

I would love to see them be as proactive (if not more) with the bars and clubs.

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