Code Enforcement Division

Like all Cities that are increasingly concerned with improving the quality of life in their communities, the West Sacramento City Council has adopted City Codes (laws) formulated to establish basic living standards to address blight and nuisances, and to safeguard and protect the environment for all residents.  The City of West Sacramento does this by working in partnership with its people.

The Code Enforcement Division works to improve the quality of life in West Sacramento's neighborhoods through awareness, education, and enforcement.  Code Enforcement exists not to punish individual property owners, but to maintain the greater good of the community by achieving compliance with adopted codes.  The Division relies on our residents in many ways; first to set an example by learning about, and adhering to, the city’s codes and second by contacting us when violations requiring abatement are seen.  The Code Enforcement Division is charged with handling public nuisances such as illegal dumping, abandoned, unregistered, or inoperable vehicles, graffiti, and zoning violations including unlawful use of land, illegal street vendors, and continuous yard sales (only three [3] sales, no more than 2 consecutive days each, per year are allowed), large-scale recycling in residential areas, illegal fences, and illegal camping.

The Code Enforcement Division is headed by Code Enforcement Manager Larry Brooks and staffed with four Code Enforcement Officers who are assigned to specific areas, referred to as "beats" of the city.  Each Code Enforcement Officer responds to and investigates potential code violations in their beat. 

The mission of the Code Enforcement Division is to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment.  Code Enforcement Officers help maintain and improve the quality of the community by administering a fair and unbiased enforcement program to correct violations. 

Code Enforcement Officers also work with residents, neighborhood associations, public services agencies, and other City departments to:

  • Facilitate voluntary compliance with City laws and codes.
  • Empower community self-help programs.
  • Develop public outreach programs.  

    To report any of the below listed or suspected violations or private property, call the Code Enforcement Division at (916) 617-4925.  Complaints may also be submitted via the City's electronic feedback manager system under the West Sacramento Access feature. Simply sign in and follow the directions to submit an inquiry to the Code Enforcement Division.

    Common Code Violations

    • Illegal dumping of garbage on private property.
    • Junk and debris, such as old furniture, car parts, appliances or other visual nuisances.
    • Inoperable, unregistered or abandoned vehicles on private property.
    • Zoning requirement violations for structures and land use requirements, including the use of the structure, location, configuration and size.
    • The illegal placement of fences, located in front yards, street side yards, abutting alleys, or other public right-of-way.
    • Parking violations on unimproved surfaces.  Unimproved surfaces can include but are not limited to: lawn dirt, gravel and plywood.
    • Graffiti on private property.
    • Substandard housing conditions, including lack of utilities.

    Issues that are NOT code violations:

    • Civil disputes between private parties
    • Evictions
    • Personal grievances

    In addition to the civil issues that cannot be handled by Code Enforcement Officers, actual "criminal" actions do not come under the jurisdiction of Code Enforcement.  Crime remains the authority of police officers to investigate and pursue, and should be reported accordingly.

      For non-emergency police service, call our dispatch center at (916) 372-3375.     (When to call 911)