Code Enforcement

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The City of Dana Point has developed and adopted certain City codes that can help maintain the quality of life in your neighborhood.  The city does this by working in partnership with the residents of Dana Point.

In order to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment, the City administers a comprehensive enforcement program to correct violations of the Municipal Codes.  Common concerns include:

  • Properties that have an accumulation of junk, trash, salvage materials, refuse, rubble, broken asphalt or concrete, containers, broken or neglected machinery, furniture, appliances, sinks, fixtures or equipment, scrap metals, machinery parts, or other such material stored or discarded on private property.
  • Dead or hazardous vegetation.
  • Vegetation that impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Graffiti on private or public property.
  • An unfenced or an under maintained pool or spa.

The primary goal of code enforcement action is voluntary compliance.  The City does not seek to be punitive and property owners are always provided the opportunity to comply with local laws and regulations.  The City relies on the residents to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community and to report concerns to the City.  Code Enforcement Officers follow up on those complaints by conducting a site investigation to determine if there is a violation.  Once it is determined that there is a violation, a code enforcement case is opened.

Each Code Officer maintains at least 50 code cases at all times. Each officer is expected to open and close 300 cases per year.  Each code enforcement case is expected to be resolved within 90 days with 85% through voluntary compliance (expect for Substandard Building Cases which are more complicated, can take substantially longer to resolve and are generally not resolved through voluntary compliance).

In 2016, the Code Enforcement Division opened 1270 confirmed code enforcement cases and closed 1052 code enforcement cases with a 98% voluntary compliance rate.  In addition, the Division sent out 240 weed abatement notices with 97% voluntary compliance, addressed 31 graffiti complaints, facilitated 153 bulky item pick-ups, addressed 54 water quality issues affecting the City’s storm drainage system, monitored our 200 massage licenses and issued/re-issued 190 short term rental permits.

Code Enforcement Matrix

Counter Hours

Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Fridays 7:30 AM through 4:00 PM

Code Enforcement Officers Office Hours

Normally, a code officer will be available at the Development Services Counter Monday through Friday 8:00am to 10:00am. and 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Code officers have field duty responsibilities during the day and are usually away from the office after 10:00am.

Other times by appointment only.

Staff

Ursula Luna-Reynosa, Director of Community Development
(949) 248-3567 uluna@danapoint.org

Mark I. Sutton, BSCE, MBA, CBO, Building Official
(949) 248-3587 msutton@danapoint.org

W. L. Beattie, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3576 bbeattie@danapoint.org

Angela Duzich, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3565 aduzich@danapoint.org

Ted Harris, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3549 tharris@danapoint.org  

Shelly Mahl, Secretary
(949) 248-3564 smahl@danapoint.org