Code Compliance


Code Compliance Division

Carmel-by-the-Sea is internationally recognized as a unique small coastal community with a distinctive residential village character. The Code Compliance Division ensures compliance with the Carmel Municipal Code and provides public education and outreach on existing laws as well as resolving code violations. 

The code compliance function of the City is established to:

  • Educate the public on City rules and regulations;
  • Assist in maintaining and protecting community character;
  • Promote a clean, healthy and safe environment; and 
  • Protect property values.

Code compliance activities are initiated through both citizen complaints and City staff observations.  Complaints can be filed by either calling (831) 620-2010, filling out a complaint form at City Hall, or emailing Complaints should include the name and contact information of the person(s) filing the complaint, the exact location and description of the possible violation.  Incomplete or insufficient information may delay or stop the investigation.


Privacy Policy

Records of complaints are considered “acquired in confidence” consistent with Section 1040 of the Evidence Code and Section 6254 of the Government Code.  Code violation case files fall within the definition of a public record and are subject to public disclosure. However, the identities of complainants will be held as confidential unless ordered to be released by a judge of a court of record.