Carmel has been recognized and acclaimed as one of the nation’s most desirable places to visit, work, and live. The unparalleled natural beauty, the preservation of the downtown character, clean ocean air, beautiful beach and charming neighborhoods contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
A unique characteristic of Carmel-by-the-Sea is that there are no street addresses. Properties are identified, for example, as being on the “west side of San Antonio Street, 3 houses south of 12th Avenue”.
The Harrison Memorial Library, located on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Lincoln street in the heart of downtown, has been serving the community of Carmel-by-the-Sea since 1928.
As a community interested in preserving its character, a high degree of cooperation exists between the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea and property owners.
In order to preserve Carmel-by-the-Sea’s residential character, no home or subordinate unit may be rented for less than 30 consecutive days in the residential district. For more information please contact the Planning and Building Department at (831) 620-2010.
Our street sweeping crew cleans the downtown area, the residential areas, and Scenic Road on the following weekly schedule:
If you are new to the area the following are some of the local utilities and service providers:
Volunteering is a great way to get involved and support your community.