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 timeframe, 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 (please ad hyperlink), 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.
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.