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Code Enforcement operates under Chapter 13 of the Lake County Code and enforces the Lake County Zoning Ordinance.
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To make a code violation complaint regarding suspected building, zoning, grading, and cannabis issues within unincorporated Lake County, please use our online complaint form.
Lake County Code Enforcement does not do code enforcement in the City of Clearlake or the City of Lakeport. You would need to contact those agencies directly.
We do not require you to put your name or contact information on the code complaint form. However, if our officers cannot find the violation and have no contact information, we will list the complaint as invalid and close the complaint.
We receive complaints from a number of sources including staff, outside agencies, and the general public. Of those complaints received from the general public, we do not require the complainant to supply their name or contact information.
Lake County holds its property owners responsible for their properties. If something was caused by a tenant, contractor, or neighbor, this would be a civil matter between you and the person who caused the problem. If the problem was caused by an illegal act you would need to contact Law Enforcement. It is still up to the property owner to do the corrections such as obtain a permit, clean the property, remove inoperative vehicles or get a demo permit to remove unpermitted buildings.
Permit fees are based on the complexity of the project. Staff will assist you in determining your cost. You may call the Building Division at 707-263-2382.
If you suspect there is a code violation on another property, you may contact Code Enforcement staff and submit a complaint form. A Code Enforcement Officer will investigate the matter. If a violation is found to exist, the owner will be contacted and required to remove the violation and/or obtain the necessary permits for the violation.
The type of violation will determine the timeframe for correction. The posted/mailed notice will contain the deadline for completion.
You can appeal any determination of violation. Your appeal right is included in each notice sent and specifies how long you have to submit an appeal. Appeals of some determinations require a fee. If you do not appeal within the specified timeframe, you waive your right for future appeals on the same violation.
You can go to the Lake County Geographic Information System (GIS) website to find out the zoning of your parcel.
From there, select the Lake County Parcel Viewer. You can find your parcel number from your deed or tax bill.
Then look up the corresponding zoning information in the Zoning Ordinance.
You can also call the Planning Division at 707-263-2221.