If an ordinance or regulation is being violated, the Code Enforcement Officer will attempt to make contact with the property owner or tenant and advise them regarding the violation(s). The Code Enforcement Officer will request that the violation(s) be corrected within a specific amount of time, depending on seriousness.
If the Code Enforcement Officer is unable to make contact with the property owner or tenant, a Courtesy Notice of Violation letter will be mailed to the property owner and/or tenant. The Notice of Violation will request that the violation(s) be corrected within a specific amount of time, depending on seriousness.
If the violation(s) are not corrected within the designated time frame, the Code Enforcement Officer will send a Final Notice of Violation letter, via Certified Mail, indicating that the violation(s) are to be corrected within a specific amount of time. The Notice of Violation also includes information regarding possible fines that may be imposed if the violation(s) are not corrected by the requested date.
If the violation(s) are not corrected by the date identified in the Final Notice of Violation letter, an adopted Administrative Citation program may begin.
What type of complaint does the code enforcement officer commonly investigate?
Inoperable or Unregistered Vehicles on Private Property
Public Health and Safety Hazards
Graffiti on Private Property
Substandard or Dangerous Buildings (including lack of utilities)
Parking on Unimproved Surfaces
Illegal Business (wrong zone, no license)
Zoning and Land Use Violations
How do I notify the city of a possible code violation?
There is a variety of ways to request a code compliance investigation, as listed below:
You may complete and submit the complaint form online, or
You may come to City Hall and complete a complaint form, or
You may call the Code Enforcement Officer at 707-647-4599, or
Your name, address, phone number and email address (you will remain anonymous)
The specific complaint or concern that you believe is a violation
The address of the problem.
The request will be investigated as soon as possible by the Code Enforcement Officer and prioritized by seriousness of the complaint. Life/Safety issues take priority over nuisance complaints. All complaints are investigated to determine whether a violation is present.
What types of complaints do we not investigate?
Fence disputes between private parties
Overgrown vegetation disputes between private parties
Abandoned or illegally parked vehicles on a public roadway
What is code enforcement?
The Code Enforcement Division works to improve the quality of life in American Canyon’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 secondly by contacting us when violations are observed.
The Code Enforcement Division is charged with enforcing codes which address public health and safety issues, including regulations related to garbage and rubbish, overgrown vegetation, inoperable or unregistered vehicles on private property, graffiti, zoning and dangerous buildings.
Enforcement actions are taken both proactively and in response to complaints received from citizens.
What if I receive a notice of violation and cannot correct the violation by the compliance deadline?
Contact the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the re-inspection date and s/he may provide additional time to make the corrections, provided you have made some progress towards compliance and the violation is not an immediate health and safety hazard.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON ADOPTING A CODE ENFORCEMENT POLICY FOR ABATING NUISANCES AND ENSURING CONFORMANCE WITH THE MUNICIPAL CODE, ZONING CODE, AND CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL
WHEREAS, in order to ensure fair and equitable application of the Code Enforcement procedures, the City Council discussed the various options at its meeting of April 6, 2000; and
WHEREAS, after discussion, the City Council provided its Staff with guidelines for responding to complaints regarding alleged violations of the Municipal Code, Zoning Code, and Conditions of Approval.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby adopts the following "Code Enforcement Policy of the City
“CODE ENFORCEMENT POLICY OF THE CITY OF AMERICAN CANYON”
The Planning Department is responsible for the enforcement of all Municipal, Zoning, and Building Codes and Conditions of Approval. The Building Inspector typically determines compliance with all Building Codes as a part of the permitting and inspection process for construction. The City Code Enforcement Officer is responsible for investigating alleged violations of the Zoning Code, Municipal Code, and Conditions of Approval imposed upon discretionary permits. For purposes of defining the City's policies for Code Enforcement, the Planning Director, Building Inspectors, Assistant Planner, and Code Enforcement Officer are all designated as Code Enforcement Officers.
In the Residential Districts, Code Enforcement typically involves abandoned, wrecked, or inoperative vehicles in the front yards, property maintenance issues such as overgrown weeds or unsafe or unsanitary living conditions, accumulated trash and debris, and similar nuisances. In the Commercial and Industrial Districts, Code Enforcement activities typically involve violations of Conditions of Approval imposed upon Use Permits and Design Permits, Business License violations, property maintenance, vehicle abatement, and nuisance abatement.
Code Enforcement Procedures in Residential Districts:
Unless a violation effecting the health and safety of the community or construction without benefit of a building permit is visible from a public street, all Code Enforcement investigations in the Residential Districts are initiated only after receiving a complaint. When the City Code Enforcement Officer identifies an immediate threat to the public health and safety, the property owner, tenant, or person responsible for the construction shall be notified and all activity shall cease until the threat to the health and safety of the public is resolved. When a complaint is lodged with the Planning Department alleging a violation of the Municipal Code, Zoning Code, or a Condition of Approval, the Code Enforcement Officer will drive by the site. If the alleged violation is substantiated, an attempt to make personal contact with the resident, property owner, or business owner shall be made. In those cases where no one is at the site or the personal contact does not resolve the issue, a certified letter and a First Class letter shall be sent to the property owner and/or occupant. If the violation is not resolved within a minimum of five days, an Administrative Citation may be issued. Prior to issuing an Administrative Citation, the property owner and/or resident may appeal to the Planning Director if there is some question or dispute as to the validity of the allegation. In the event an Administrative Citation is issued, the appeal is to the Planning Commission.
Code Enforcement Procedures in Commercial and Industrial Districts:
In the Commercial and Industrial Districts, Code Enforcement actions may be initiated by the Code Enforcement Officer without receiving a formal complaint, so long as the alleged violation is visible from public property or the employee was invited onto an adjacent property by the owner or tenant to view the alleged violation. Code Enforcement actions may be initiated where a clear violation effecting the health and safety of the community or construction without benefit of a permit is discovered, or where a violation of the Municipal Code, Zoning Code, or a Condition of Approval is apparent. In addition, the Code Enforcement Officer will work with the Finance department to ensure that all businesses comply with the City Business License Ordinances. When a complaint is lodged with the Planning Department alleging a violation of the Municipal Code, Zoning Code, or a Condition of Approval, or a violation is identified in the field, the Code Enforcement Officer will drive by the site. If the alleged violation is substantiated, an attempt to make personal contact with the tenant, property owner, or business owner shall be made. In those cases where no one is at the site or the personal contact does not resolve the issue, a certified letter and a First Class letter shall be sent to the tenant, property owner, or business owner. If the violation is not resolved within a minimum of five days, an Administrative Citation may be issued. Prior to issuing an Administrative Citation, the property owner and/or resident may appeal to the Planning Director if there is some question or dispute as to the validity of the allegation. In the event an Administrative Citation is issued, the appeal is to the Planning Commission.
Potential violations in the vicinity of a property subject to a complaint.
If a complaint is filed, or if the Code Enforcement Officer, in addition to the action described above, observes a violation, the Code Enforcement Officer shall determine if a similar situation exists within close proximity. For example, if a complaint is filed regarding a derelict automobile in a front yard, and if the Code Enforcement Officer sees a similar situation in the same block, concurrent action may be initiated. This concept includes all potential violations in plain view within the vicinity of a complaint, not just those similar to the initial complaint.
Responsibilities of the Napa County Sheriff.
The Napa County Sheriffs Department is responsible for violations on public streets or property, particularly 72-hour parking violations and nuisances such as barking dogs and loud music."
Who is responsible for property maintenance and correcting code violations?
The City of American Canyon Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for any person owning, leasing, occupying, or having charge or possession of any property in the city to maintain or permit such property to be maintained in such a manner that conditions are found to exist and to be of a magnitude to be injurious or potentially injurious to the public health, safety and welfare or to have a tendency to degrade the appearance and property values of surrounding property or to cause damage to public rights-of-way.