Common Code Violations

The following is a list of common code violations. To contact the office during office hours, call 323-563-9558. To contact after hours, including Friday - Sunday, call 323-563-9598.

Property Maintenance, Substandard Building
South Gate Municipal Code, Title 9, Chapter, 9.48, Property Maintenance, Substandard Building, 9.48.020:
  • Inadequate Sanitation
    • Lack of hot and cold running water to plumbing fixtures in a hotel or dwelling unit
    • Lack of the minimum amounts of natural light and ventilation required by this code
    • Room and space dimensions less than required by this code
    • Dampness of habitable rooms
    • Violation of any applicable provision of Chapter 6.56 of the South Gate Municipal Code, Public Health Code for the city of South Gate, as determined and reported to the building official by the health officer
  • Structural Hazards
    • Deteriorated or inadequate foundations
    • Defective, deteriorated or inadequate size flooring and/or floor supports
    • Defective, deteriorated or inadequate size members of walls, partitions or other vertical supports
    • Defective, deteriorated or inadequate size ceiling, roof, or other horizontal supports
    • Defective, damaged or inadequately constructed fireplace or chimney
  • Inadequate or Hazardous Wiring
    • Lack of required electrical lighting or convenience outlets (In existing residential occupancies, at least 2 supplied electrical convenience outlets or one such convenience outlet, and 1 supplied electric fixture - Every water closet compartment, bathroom, laundry room, furnace room and public hallway in such occupancies is required to contain at least 1 supplied electric fixture)
    • All wiring except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation and which has been maintained in good condition and is being used in a safe manner
  • Inadequate or Faulty Plumbing
    • Lack of plumbing fixtures required elsewhere in this code
    • All plumbing except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation and which has been maintained in good condition and which is free of cross-connections
    • Lack of, or failure to maintain in an efficient and operating condition, a grease interceptor where 1 is required by this code, or by the building official under authority granted to him under Chapter 9.32 (Ordinance 1603 § 1, 5-14-84)
  • Inadequate or Faulty Mechanical Equipment
    • Lack of safe, adequate heating facilities in a dwelling, apartment house, motel or hotel
    • Lack of, or improper operation of, required ventilating equipment
    • All mechanical equipment, including vents, except that which conformed with all applicable laws in effect at the time of installation and which has been maintained in good and safe condition
  • Faulty Weather Protection
    • Lack of a sound and effective roof covering
    • Lack of a sound and effective exterior wall covering
    • Broken windows and doors
    • Deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of foundation walls or floor
  • Faulty Materials of Construction (Any materials of construction except those which are allowed or approved by this code and which have been adequately maintained in good and safe condition)
  • Hazardous or Insanitary Premises (Those premises on which an accumulation of weeds, vegetation, junk, dead organic matter, debris, garbage, offal, rat harborages, stagnant water, combustible materials, and similar materials or conditions which constitute undue fire, health or safety hazards)
  • Inadequate Maintenance (Any building or portion thereof which is determined to be an unsafe building as defined in Section 203 of the Uniform Building Code)
  • Inadequate Exits (All buildings or portions thereof not provided with exit facilities as required by this code except those buildings or portions thereof whose exit facilities conformed with all applicable laws at the time of the construction and provide adequate safe exits for the building occupants)
  • Fire Hazard (Any building or portion thereof, device, apparatus, equipment, combustible waste, or vegetation which is in such a condition as to cause a fire or explosion or provide a ready fuel to augment the spread and intensity of fire or explosion arising from any cause)
  • Inadequate Fire Protection or Firefighting Equipment (All buildings or portions thereof which are not provided with the fire-resistive construction or fire-extinguishing system or equipment required by this code, except those buildings or portions thereof which conformed with all applicable laws at the time of their construction and whose fire-resistive integrity and fire-extinguishing systems and equipment provide adequate fire safety)
  • Improper Occupancy (All buildings or portions thereof occupied or used for any purpose for which they were not designed or intended to be used)
  • Abandoned and Unfinished Buildings (All buildings or portions thereof which are abandoned, open or vandalized or both, and all buildings which remain in an unfinished condition for longer than 5 years)
  • Unpainted Buildings, or Buildings the Paint on Which has Been Cracked, Chipped or Faded
  • Broken Windows
  • Inadequate or Unsightly Boarding or Windows or Doors
    • Boarding materials less than 1/2 inch thick
    • Boarding materials of any color other than the color of the portion of the building being boarded
    • Boarding materials containing any graffiti as that term is defined in Section 9.49.020
    • Boarding materials used in temporary structures erected for the protection of pedestrians during construction or demolition which structures do not meet the standards set by applicable state and local building codes, including Chapter 44 of Part VIII of the Uniform Building Code
    • Boarding materials used in temporary structures erected for the protection of pedestrians during construction which structures are of any color other than the color of the portion of the building under construction
Ordinances: Ordinance 1932 § 1, 11-24-92; Ordinance 1603 § 1, 5-14-84; Ordinance 1562 § 1 (part), 4-11-83; Ordinance 1337 § 1 (part), 8-8-77 (repealed): Ordinance 1209 § 1, 5-14-73 (repealed).

Property Maintenance, Substandard Property
The following violations are prohibited by the South Gate Municipal Code, Title 9, Chapter, 9.48, Property Maintenance, Substandard Property, 9.48.030; 9.48.030 Definition of substandard property.
Any property, or portion thereof, in which there exists any of the following conditions is a substandard property:
  • Overgrown vegetation
  • Dead trees, weeds and debris
    • Unkept lawns
    • Dead grass
    • Unkept flower beds
    • Dirt instead of green sod
  • Autos, trucks, trailers, campers, boats and other mobile equipment parked on yard areas not improved with driveway paving which yard areas are contiguous to streets or highways
  • Inoperative or abandoned motor vehicles or parts thereof maintained on the premises
  • Attractive nuisances defined to include the following:
    • Abandoned and broken equipment
    • Neglected machinery
  • Broken or discarded furniture and household equipment in yard areas
  • Clotheslines in front yard areas
  • Garbage cans stored in front or side yards except when placed immediately adjacent to streets within 12 hours of the scheduled day of collection
  • Packing boxes or other debris stored in yard areas
  • Neglect of premises:
    • To spite neighbors
    • To influence zone charges, granting of exceptions, variances or special use permits
    • To cause detrimental effect upon nearby property or property values
  • Maintenance of premises in such condition as to be detrimental to the public health, safety or general welfare or in such manner as to constitute a public nuisance as defined in Civil Code Section 3480
  • Property including but not limited to building exteriors which are maintained in a condition of neglected repair or in such condition of deterioration or disrepair that the same causes material diminution of the property values of surrounding property or is materially detrimental to proximal properties and improvements - This includes but is not limited to the keeping or disposing of or the scattering over the property or premises of any of the following:
    • Lumber, junk, trash or debris
    • Abandoned, discarded or unused objects of equipment such as automobiles, furniture, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, cans or containers
    • Stagnant water or excavations
    • Any device, decoration, design, fence, structure, clothesline or vegetation which is unsightly by reason of its condition or its inappropriate location
  • Anachronistic signs (Signs maintained on a premises which advertise a use, product or service that is no longer offered on the property)
  • Graffiti:
    • The existence of graffiti, as that term is defined in Section 9.49.020, may be used as a basis for determining that a substandard property or substandard building constitutes a criminal violation pursuant to Section 9.48.040 or Section 9.49.050 whenever such graffiti on any property or building has existed for a period of thirty days or longer
    • The existence of graffiti may also be used as a basis for enforcing the civil remedy of abatement, or other civil remedies pursuant to this chapter or Chapter 9.49 or by any other lawful means as soon as graffiti appears on the building or property, and all such civil remedies may be instituted immediately
    • Such remedies are cumulative
    • Selection of 1 does not bar use of others