FAQ

How do I notify the City about a possible code violation?

The easiest way to report a possible code violation is to email us at code-enforcement@ci.oakley.ca.us. You can also file a complaint online or call us at (925) 625-7031. Please be prepared with specific information such as the address of the property, details of the situation and the length of time you have observed the situation. All complaints are anonymous!

What happens next?

City staff responds to all code enforcement complaints. We will visit the property in question, determine if there is a violation, and document the situation. Situations that appear to pose a serious risk to health and safety are given the highest priority. If a violation does exist, we will send out a Notice to Correct with a due date for compliance. Typically, the majority of cases are remedied by the due date. Depending on the seriousness and nature of the violation, a second Notice to Correct may be issued or in severe cases, an Administrative Citation will be issued.

What should I do if I receive a “Notice to Correct”?

A Notice to Correct is NOT a citation. It is a notice of the violation and includes instructions on how to correct the nuisance during the specified window of time. The City is looking for voluntary compliance and is willing to work with you to resolve the issue. Taking care of the violation, or if necessary requesting an extension, are the actions you should take to remedy the violation.

What penalties may result from failure to remedy code violations?

In almost all cases the individual responsible for the code violation is given the opportunity to correct the situation and comply with current codes without a penalty. If the correction is not made, the individual may be subject to fines and other penalties.

What is the governing authority concerning Residential Code Compliance?

Though the entire Oakley Municipal Code (OMC) applies to residential properties, the primary Code applicable to residential areas is “OMC Chapter 4.29, Neighborhood Preservation.” There you will find the most common property maintenance standards applicable to residents living in Oakley.

Who is ultimately responsible for complying with the Code?

The Property Owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance.

What are the most common violations?

Though not listed in any order, the most common violations are Overgrown Weeds, Trash and Debris, Lack of Landscaping (Bare Dirt), Performing Major Automotive Repairs in Public View, Inoperable (Not Unregistered or Unlicensed) Vehicles, and Parking on Unimproved Surfaces. Other violations occurring in residential areas are Personal Property in Public View (Appliances or Furniture left outside), Basketball Hoops blocking the street or sidewalk, and Garbage Cans out greater than 24 hours before and after scheduled pick up.

What are NOT violations?

RV’s and Boats ARE allowed in the driveway. They are NOT allowed on an unimproved surface nor are they allowed on City streets without a temporary permit. Unlicensed and Unregistered Vehicles in public view on private property are NOT in violation. Neighboring trees overhanging property lines are NOT violations. This is a civil matter between two private citizens.

Other Common Code Enforcement Questions and Points of Contact
My neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking, who do I call?

Call Animal Control at 925-335-8300.

Am I required to have Garbage Service?

Yes. Garbage service is mandatory. Contact Oakley Disposal at 925-757-7660.

I would like to build a Privacy Fence in my front yard. Are there restrictions?

Yes. When performing any work in your front yard there are “Setback” requirements. Do not build any permanent fence or structure without first contacting the Planning Department at 925-625-7002.

I would like to finish my yard off in concrete. Is this allowed?

You may not have more than 50% of your front yard paved. Contact Planning or Code Enforcement before doing any work at 925-625-7002.

Is my tenant responsible for a violation on the property? I’m just the landlord and can’t control how my tenant lives. Can I be held liable?

City of Oakley abatement procedures require the property owner be held responsible for any violations that exist on their property. This is why correspondence is directed to the property owner as well as known tenants. All fines or penalties are levied against the property and may be recorded on the tax role. Tenant generated violations are difficult because the property owner often does not have immediate access to correct the problem. It is therefore strongly advised that a landlord closely and regularly monitor their properties for changes and violations.