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Any dead animals on private property may be picked up at the expense of the property owner. For any dead animals inside or under a private home, a private company in the telephone book must be contacted for assistance.
Dog licenses are available at the County Animal Shelter / Care Center at 216 West Victoria Avenue in Carson, by calling 562-345-0400 or by downloading the application online from the county’s website. The city and county host an annual dog licensing and rabies clinic generally in June at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall.
You may have a maximum of three (3) Dogs and three (3) Cats.
Depending on the circumstances, Los Angeles Animal Control will be the contact when it comes to barking dogs. Code Enforcement can only regulate the number of dogs & cats on the property.
The current property owner recorded on Title is responsible for all building violations that may exist.
We advise that if there is any demoing of anything on the said property, please contact the Building Division at (310) 544-5280.
To find the approved construction projects in the City, please call the Building Division at (310) 544-5280.
Hours of allowed operation 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours of allowed operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Prohibited except with a Special Construction Permit
The Code Enforcement Division does not obtain or analyze air samples. Residents can contact an independent testing company or laboratory for this service.
The Code Enforcement Division can address the maintenance of the pool causing the breeding of mosquitos. The Los Angeles Vector Control will respond and treat the water with possible mosquitos. Please contact them at (310) 915-7370.
For nuisance noise issues, call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department at (310) 539-1661.
Hours of allowed operation 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Trash cans are allowed to be placed at the curb/pickup location at 4:00 p.m. the night before collection and must be removed before 10:00 p.m. the day of collection.
The Property Maintenance Ordinance regulates the storage of certain items in public view. Items such as boxes, tires, trash cans, furniture, and appliances in public view are a violation of the code.
According to the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, it is unlawful to maintain a property at a variance to the surrounding properties. This means that any vegetation that is overgrown, needs to be trimmed.
Parking regulations on public streets are enforced by the Los Angeles Sheriff Department. The non-emergency line is (310) 539-1661.
The Code Enforcement Division enforces inoperable vehicles on private property. Please call (310) 544-5281.
Front yard parking is not allowed with the exception of:
The driveway, which is defined as a permanently surfaced/paved area providing direct access for vehicles between a street and a permitted off-street parking.
Please refer to RV Parking Regulations page for more information.
A Code Enforcement Officer will contact you to discuss your concerns and answer any questions. We kindly ask to give a minimum of 10 business days after filing a complaint.
The Code Enforcement Division do take anonymous complaints. Our complaint process is confidential. Please not that if the information is incorrect or insufficient, the investigation may be hindered and we will be unable to contact you.
To pay an administrative citation, you may use the following:
City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Planning, Building & Code Enforcement
30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Rancho Palos Verdes CA, 90275-5391
A recipient of an administrative citation may file an appeal. However, a request for a hearing letter must be written and returned to the City along with an payment of the fine within 30 days of the issuance of the cite.
Within Thirty (30) calendar days of issuance, you may contest the violation. Send your written request for an Administrative Hearing to the address below. Your written request must include the following information: citation number, full name, mailing address, and day-time phone number. At least Twenty (20) calendar days prior to the date scheduled for the Administrative Hearing, the City will notify you by mail of the exact time, date, and location of the Administrative Hearing.
Administrative hearings are intended to be informal in nature. Formal rules of the California Evidence Code and discovery shall not apply.
Failure to pay fines with Thirty (30) calendar days of issuance or to contest the citation within Thirty (30) calendar days of issuance will cause the PENALTY FINE to be added.
The administrative hearing officer shall assess against the responsible person administrative costs for any violation found to exist, or for any violation which was not timely corrected. The administrative costs include any and all costs incurred by the city in connection with prosecuting the violation, including, but not limited to, investigation costs, staffing costs for preparing and conducting the administrative hearing, and costs for all inspections necessary to enforce the compliance order and the administrative order. The administrative order shall specify the date by which the costs must be paid to the city.
Please meet with the Code Enforcement Officer who issued the Notice of Violation to discuss your concerns.
Unfortunately, short-term rentals are prohibited in single-family and multi-family residential zoning districts.
Voter Registration forms are available at: Los Angeles County Clerk-Registrar/Recorder’s Office website (www.lavote.net); California Secretary of State’s Office website (www.sos.ca.gov); or post offices and local libraries.
The City’s next General Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, with two (2) seats available on the City Council, each with a full term of fours years. On November 15, 2016 City Council adopted Ordinance No. 591 to change the General Municipal Election dates to coincide with the Statewide General Elections held in November of even-numbered years.
The General Municipal Election, previously scheduled for November 3, 2020, has been canceled.On June 2, 2020, the City Council called for the General Municipal Election to be held for the election of two members of City Council. The nomination period began on July 13th and ended on August 7th, with only two candidates nominated – incumbents Mayor Cruikshank and Mayor Pro Tem Alegria, for the two open seats.Per Elections Code 10229, when this occurs, the local agency (City Council) is authorized to appoint to each office those nominated as though they were elected at a municipal election. This appointment also causes the previously scheduled election to be canceled and yields an approximate savings of over $100K to the City’s budget. The City Clerk has also been directed to not accept for filing any statement of a write in candidate which is submitted after the appointments are made.During the August 18, 2020, City Council meeting, the City Council appointed John Cruikshank and Eric Alegria to take office and serve exactly as though elected at a municipal election for a full term of four years. They will be sworn into office during the December 1st Regular City Council meeting.Agenda Report from August 18, 2020 Consideration and possible action to appoint persons nominated for Members of the City Council and cancel the General Municipal Election scheduled for November 3, 2020.Resolution 2020-48 Cancellation of the November 3, 2020 General Municipal Election and Appointments to Office
Voters who wish to vote by mail must submit a written request to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. Printed Vote by Mail Applications can also be found on the back cover page of your Official Sample Ballot booklet. Your written request must identify the election for which a ballot is being requested, and must contain the voter’s name and signature, registered address, and the address to which the ballot should be mailed. The signature of each person requesting a vote by mail ballot is required in order to verify the legitimacy of the application. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, please visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website by clicking the link below to complete and sign the application for a vote by mail ballot. Return the application to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk P.O. Box 30450 Los Angeles, Ca 90030-0450
Any registered voter may become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter. As a permanent vote by mail voter, you will no longer have to apply for future elections. A ballot will automatically be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote. A voter’s name shall be deleted from the permanent Vote by Mail voter list if he or she fails to return a Vote by Mail ballot for four consecutive statewide general elections. You may request an application for Permanent Vote By Mail status by calling (562) 466-1323 or by visiting the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s website by clicking the link below to complete and sign the application for Permanent Vote By Mail status. Return the application to: Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk P.O. Box 30450 Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450
There are three easy ways to become a Permanent Vote by Mail voter:
Download and complete the Request to Cancel Permanent Vote by Mail Status Application. You can also request an application by calling 1 (800) 815-2666 Option #2.
Return your completed signed application by one of the following methods:
Fax: (562) 864-6786
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgMail application to:
Registrar-Recorder/County ClerkP.O. Box 30450Los Angeles, CA 90030-0450
In addition to the impressive emergency resources provided by the County, the City is very fortunate to have several volunteer civilian response teams that assist our first responders and our community during an emergency or disaster. These organizations include the Rancho Palos Verdes Neighborhood Watch, Palos Verdes Peninsula Community Emergency Response Team PVPCERT), Peninsula Volunteer Alert Network (PVAN): For more information, visit this page: https://www.rpvca.gov/826/Volunteer
One of the city’s primary responsibilities to its citizens is to provide for the maximum protection of life and property from both natural and man-made hazards and disasters. In July of 2008, the city council unanimously approved Resolution No. 2008-61 for the creation of a Emergency Preparedness Committee with this goal in mind. This new city advisory board, which consists of 7 resident volunteers appointed by the city council, has been charged with the mission to advise and make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to emergency preparedness to help ensure that the City of Rancho Palos Verdes develops and maintains a high state of readiness to respond to a wide variety of emergencies and disasters."
The Emergency Preparedness Committee holds evening meetings as required, generally on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall.
If you have questions, or would like the Emergency Preparedness Committee to make an emergency preparedness presentation to your group or organization, please email the Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, within 120 feet of any property line abutting a Residential Zoning District, no construction or grading, including grading operations to prepare sites for earth interments, shall occur before 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. All equipment shall be equipped with a muffler to reduce on-site grading and construction noise levels.
Letter from Bolton Engineering
For excessive noise or other activities that results in impacts, Green Hills Cemetery security may be reached at (310) 995-7006 from 4pm-9:30pm.
In January 2013, Green Hills submitted plans reflecting an overall building height of 22.5’, with a datum point of 322.5’ to the top of the parapet. A silhouette was installed depicting the proposed building envelope, including its height. A silhouette certification was submitted ensuring that the silhouette reflected the submitted plans (see attachment below).
In April 2013, the Planning Division approved the plans and subsequently another set of plans with revisions to the grading and no changes to the building height in November 2013. Green Hills were granted a Building Permit and construction began. In August and September 2015, building height certifications prepared by a licensed surveyor were submitted by Green Hills certifying the parapet wall at a height of 322.5’ (see attachment below). Inspiration Slope Silhouette & Bldg Certifications
Areas 5 and 6 are approved to be used for stockpiling of soil while other parts of the cemetery are developed/improved over time. As earth is placed and removed from the area, it is inevitable that the grades will continuously change.
It should be noted that the Master Plan shows future mausoleum buildings in the west half of this area. For future development applications for these mausoleum buildings, the baseline grades will be based on the 2011 topographic survey filed with the City. Any improvements in this area will be subject to review with opportunities for public input.
As the most recent Annual Review was conducted on January 31, 2017, the next Annual Review is anticipated to be conducted by the City Council in January 2018.
At least 10 working days should be allowed for initial plan review, with 5 days allowed for subsequent reviews if needed. Once plan approvals are completed, the permit can be issued in one visit if all the paperwork is correct. Click to see the Public Works Permit Fees.
Parking permits can be obtained at the Public Works counter. More information on parking permit programs can be found in the following page:
The city’s volunteer docent organization, Los Serenos de Point Vicente, conducts hikes within the Forrestal Nature Preserve, along the public trails at Trump national, and at the tide pools at Abalone Cove Beach. For information or to schedule a docent-led hike please email email@example.com
Hikes should be scheduled at lest 6 weeks in advance.
Another excellent source for hikes and trail information is the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Call 310-541-7613 or visit the organization's website:
The Pacific gray whales' annual migration season from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja, California, can be seen from the Point Vicente Interpretive Center from December through April. The Interpretive Center is a premier whale-watching site. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the park grounds are open 9 a.m. until dusk.
Another ideal location is Pelican Cove, located between the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Long Point (formerly Marineland, now called Terranea Resort).
Commercial whale watch boats offer an up-close look at whales. For Redondo Sports Fishing in Redondo Beach, call 310-372-2111 or for 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, call 310-832-8304. Also, visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro to learn more about the whales, or call the aquarium at 310-548-7562.
The United States Coast Guard operates the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Monthly Open Tours at Point Vicente Lighthouse are currently suspended due to U.S. Cost Guard COVID-19 Protocols.