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Code Enforcement
The purpose of the Code Enforcement Program is to protect public health and safety, promote civic pride, and preserve property values. The Code Enforcement Officer ensures that building and zoning ordinances are followed. The code enforcement process is typically initiated by responding to citizen complaints and by staff proactively investigating violations. Our goal is to work with the property owner to resolve conflict(s) through voluntary compliance.

How to report
During normal business hours, please contact Code Enforcement Officer Jay Marlette at 510-215-4360. If leaving a voicemail message, please include a brief description of the violation, the property address where this is occurring and your name and return phone number.  If you are reporting a violation after normal business hours or on the weekend, please call the City of El Cerrito Non-Emergency Police Department phone number at 510-233-1214. 

Common Code Enforcement Complaints 
Learn more about common code enforcement violations and how to report complaints or concerns in the FAQ Section.
 Concern or Nuisance     Who to Report to:  Contact Information
 Animal nuisance  Contra Costa County Animal Services  925-335-8300
 Construction work without required permits  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Graffiti  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Illegal discharges (Storm Water Pollution)  Public Works Dept.  510-215-4369
 Neglected Property maintenance  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Standing water/neglected pools  Contra Costa County Mosquito &  
 Vector Control
 Illegally placed Signs  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Unpermitted living spaces  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Vehicles on streets  El Cerrito Police Dept.  510-233-1214
 Vehicles on private property  Community Development  510-215-4360
 Trash dumped on the public right of way  Public Works Dept.  510-215-4369
 Trash, vegetation or other objects obstructing
 sidewalk or right of way
 Public Works Dept.  510-215-4369
 Illegal foodware or plastic bag usage  Public Works Dept. 510-559-7686

Construction Hours
The hours of work are limited to:
  • 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays
  • Work is prohibited on Sundays and holidays.
  • Work may be prohibited during inclement weather by order of the City Building Official.
  • For work in the public right-of-way, contact the Public Works Department at 510-215-4382 for hours of work

All work must be controlled to prevent causing a public nuisance such as dust, noise, vibrations, and traffic congestion.