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Code Enforcement

Community Preservation Is Everyone's Responsibility!

The City of Murrieta has a comprehensive code enforcement program, which helps to protect property owner investment, promote general health and welfare and enhance the quality of neighborhoods. It is an important part of the City’s commitment to neighborhood preservation and improvement. When homes and businesses are properly maintained, it has a positive effect on the overall appearance of the community.

The main goal of the code enforcement program is to bring to the attention of residential and business owners any existing code violations that could have a negative impact on their property, neighborhood and the community as a whole. Such conditions are often referred to as public nuisances However, through voluntary compliance, cooperation and a spirit of personal responsibility for the well-being of our community, such conditions can be eliminated. This will make the City of Murrieta an even better place to live, work and shop.

Code Enforcement Officers do sometimes issue Administrative Citations to violators of the Murrieta Municipal Code.  To learn more, click the following link about Administrative Citations.  Or click the following link to learn more about the City of Murrieta's Municipal Codes.  For the mobile version of the Murrieta Municipal Code, click here.

Click the following link for a quick look at some of the common Code Enforcement Violations

Code Enforcement During Drought Conditions

The City of Murrieta’s Code Enforcement Unit is cognizant of the on-going drought conditions and the Executive Order issued by Governor Jerry Brown regarding water conservation.

Landscaping should be appropriately maintained to include irrigation in compliance with current drought regulations established by the water district that serves your residence.

In an attempt to balance the need for enforcement of the Murrieta Municipal Code and compliance with drought regulations, the Code Enforcement Unit will continue to inspect possible nuisance yards for overgrown weeds and overgrown vegetation.

A front lawn is not required and may be replaced with a variety of other ground cover options, but overgrown weeds and overgrown vegetation are not allowed.  Vegetation in the front yard area must be maintained if present.

The Code Enforcement Unit will only use administrative citations as a last resort to gain compliance. Before a citation is issued, the Code Enforcement Unit will issue a Notice of Violation or NOV as the first notification to correct the violation. A Notice of Violation is not a Citation and has no fines. Code Enforcement will work with the property owner or resident to establish a reasonable timeline as to when certain landscaping issues should be addressed.

The State of California and your local water districts have web pages established that address water conservation. Please visit the City of Murrieta Water Conservation web page which contains links to each of the four water districts that serve the City of Murrieta as well as numerous water conservation guidelines and helpful tips.

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