Community Compliance

The Community Compliance Program is dedicated to promoting a safe and attractive environment for businesses and residents through the enforcement of the City's Weed Ordinance, Community Preservation Ordinance and the Zoning Code.  Several of these regulations are summarized below for you to review. If you would like more information, or would like to report a problem, please contact:


What Happens When You File a Complaint?

To file a complaint regarding one of these regulations, please contact the Community Compliance Section at 510-577-3260. Complaints will usually be investigated within 3 - 5 business days after they are received. We first determine if the condition violates City regulations. We then issue a Courtesy Notice of Violation to allow the owner an opportunity to correct the condition. If the condition is not corrected, the City will initiate action to obtain legal compliance. This legal process may take 30 days or longer depending on the type of violation. With voluntary compliance from a cooperative owner, you may see the condition corrected within a few days. In any case, we move the case through the enforcement process as quickly as possible. You are welcome to call us at any time to learn the status of your complaint.


Important Neighborhood Regulations


Weeds

Weeds detract from the appearance of the neighborhood, create a fire hazard and provide a breeding ground for rodents. The Weed Abatement Ordinance requires that owners of property in the City control the growth of weeds, shrubs, trees or other plants on the property. The property must be maintained so that weeds and lawns do not exceed 18" in height. Trees, bushes and other vegetation cannot protrude into the public right of way. The ordinance also prohibits the accumulation of rubbish and litter. Well maintained landscaping enriches the character of your home and the community.


Community Preservation

The City of San Leandro has a Community Preservation Ordinance which was adopted to preserve the quality and appearance of our residential, commercial and industrial areas. This ordinance prohibits the storage of items in areas of the property that are visible from the street. Items such as boxes, garbage bags and cans, discarded household items and furniture, packing containers, machine or vehicle parts, camper shells and miscellaneous other items must be stored in areas that are not visible from the street or sidewalk. Summaries of the ordinance are available by contacting the Community Compliance Section.


Fences

The height and location of fences is regulated. In general, rear yard fences cannot exceed 7 feet and fences built in the front yard cannot exceed 3 feet in height. Front yard fences cannot be built in the public right of way without first obtaining an encroachment permit from the City. Property lines do not always begin where the sidewalk ends. In most cases, the property line is anywhere from 1 to 3 feet in from the inside edge of the sidewalk. If you do not know where your front property line is, you should contact the Engineering Division at 510-577-3428. They are also responsible for issuing encroachment permits. Special regulations apply to corner lots. If your property is located on a corner lot, call the Planning Division at 510-577-3371 so that we can fully explain the regulations. Fence regulations can be confusing and cannot be fully explained in this summary. Please call our office for further clarification.


Home Businesses

Home businesses are permitted in the City of San Leandro when conducted within limitations which protect the residential character of the property and prohibit negative impact on neighboring properties. All home businesses require a permit. If you are interested in operating a home business, please contact the City Planning Division at 510-577-3371 for permit information.


Garage Sales

Garage sales allow residents an opportunity to get rid of unwanted household items. City policy permits a maximum of two garage sales per residence, per year. All garage sale signs must be removed immediately after the event.


Parking on the Lawn

Vehicles which are parked on the lawn, dirt or unpaved surface are illegally parked and detract from the appearance of the neighborhood. Vehicles must be parked on a paved driveway. To report a vehicle that is parked on a lawn, dirt or unpaved surface, please call the Police Department's non-emergency number (577-2740) at the time the vehicle is illegally parked. City regulations limit the amount and location of paved driveway area. So, if you are considering adding additional paved area to be used for parking, be sure to contact Community Compliance for further information.


Home Auto Repair

You can do minor repairs and routine maintenance on your own car in your driveway, but only for a short time. The vehicle must be registered to someone living at your address. It is illegal to work on vehicles on the City street.


Campers, RV's, Boats and Trailers

Parking Rule Revisions From March 2007

Campers, trailers and boats can be parked in the driveway (but not on the lawn or dirt area). RVs must be parked in the side yard or backyard if there is reasonable access. If there is no reasonable access to park the RV in the side yard or backyard, it may be parked in the driveway as long as it does not extend out over the sidewalk. It may not be left standing within 20 feet of the front yard or street side yard (corner lot) if space is available in the driveway. In addition to the local laws regulating placement of such vehicles on residential property, the City's Municipal Code limits the parking of RVs on private property to one such vehicle on a property at any time.


The following sections of the City of San Leandro's Municipal Code apply:


6-1-430 - OVERNIGHT PARKING PROHIBITED - OFF STREET PARKING OF CERTAIN SIZE VEHICLES

6-1-430 (a) Residential Streets:

(1) No motor vehicle having more than two axles, or any single vehicle or combination of vehicles, which exceed twenty (20) feet in length, or any single vehicle or combination of vehicles seven (7) feet or more in height, or any single vehicle or combination of vehicles having a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or more shall be parked or left standing upon any street in any Residence District as defined by California Vehicle Code § 515 between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Emergency vehicles as defined by California Vehicle Code § 165 are exempt from this provision.


6-1-430 (b) Off Street Parking of Vehicles Of Certain Size - Residential:

(1) No motor vehicle exceeding the following two (2) dimensions: twenty (20) feet in length and seven (7) feet in height shall be parked or left standing within (20) feet of the front yard or street side yard (on a corner lot) side of the sidewalk; provided, however, that such motor vehicles may be so parked or left standing on the driveway portion thereof, if space is not available upon the driveway of the vehicles to be parked beyond said twenty (20) feet, or if space is not available in the rear yard or side yard, or there is no reasonable access to either the rear yard or side yard; a corner lot is presumed to have reasonable access to the rear yard.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (b) (1) of this section, no part of any motor vehicle may extend over the public sidewalk.


6-1-430 (c) Non-Motorized Vehicles:

Except as provided herein, no vehicle other than a motor vehicle as defined by California Vehicle Code section 415 shall be parked or left standing upon any street, except:

(1) Non-motorized vehicles owned, operated, or controlled by the City, so long as such non-motorized vehicles are parked or left standing for purposes reasonably related to official City business.

(2) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this section, a fifth-wheel travel trailer as defined in section 324 of the California Vehicle Code, a travel coach as defined in section 635 of the California Vehicle Code, a vehicle designed for recreational purposes to carry persons or property on its own structure and so constructed as to be drawn by a motor vehicle, or any other trailer, whether attached or unattached to a motor vehicle, may be granted an exemption by the City Manager to park in a Residence District, as defined by California Vehicle Code section 515, under the same conditions applicable to motor vehicles as set forth in subsection (a)(3), above.


6-1-430 (d) Parking of Commercial Vehicles - Residential:

(1) No vehicle having more than two axles, or any single commercial vehicle or combination of said vehicles, which exceed twenty (20) feet in length or seven (7) feet or more in height, any single commercial vehicle or combination of said vehicles seven (7) feet or more in width, or any single commercial vehicle or combination of said vehicles having a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or more shall be parked or left standing upon any street in any Residence District as defined by California Vehicle Code section 515, except:

(i) For such reasonable time in excess of two (2) hours that may be necessary for the purpose of making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, and merchandise from or to any building or structure or for the purpose of delivering materials to be used for repair, alteration, remodeling, or construction of any building or structure upon a restricted street or highway; or

(ii) For such reasonable time in excess of two (2) hours that may be necessary when such vehicle is parked in connection with the performance of a service to or on a property in which such vehicle is parked; or

(iii) For such reasonable time in excess of two (2) hours that may be necessary time to make emergency repairs.

(iv) No regulations adopted in this section shall apply to any vehicle owned by a public utility or licensed contract while necessarily in use in the construction, installation, or repair of any public utility.


3-1-200 UNLAWFUL PROPERTY NUISANCE - PRIVATE PROPERTY

Section (h) (5): Vehicles which exceed the following dimensions: twenty (20) feet in length or seven (7) feet in width or seven (7) feet in height, or any single vehicle or combination of vehicles having a manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds or more parked upon any paved or unpaved surface lying within any front yard, street corner side yard, or backyard of any residential property which are visible from the street or visible from adjacent private property, upon receipt of consent to inspect from any person owning, leasing, renting, occupying or having charge or possession of such adjacent private property. Recreational vehicles as defined by California Vehicle Code § 242, 243, 324, and 362 are exempt from this provision. However, at no time shall more than one such recreational vehicle be stored on any residential property at any time.


Abandoned Vehicles

The abatement of abandoned vehicles is regulated by the City's Municipal Code and falls under the responsibility of the Community Compliance Section. To report an abandoned vehicle, please call 510-577-3260. To expedite the investigation into your complaint, please try to have the following information available: 1) the exact address where the vehicle is parked (i.e., in front of 1234 ABC Street); 2) the license plate number of the vehicle (please indicate if it is not a California license plate); 3) the color, make, model, and type of vehicle; 4) whether or not the vehicle or the owner is known to the area; and 5) approximately how long the vehicle has been parked in this location.

Once the complaint is received, staff will respond within 3 - 5 business days. A complaint card will be completed containing the vehicle's information. After 72 hours, staff will respond back to the location of the vehicle. If it is still there, staff has the authority to have it towed.


Graffiti

Graffiti is a nuisance which quickly detracts from the appearance of the community. The Graffiti Ordinance requires that property owners remove graffiti within 7 days. To assist property owners in quickly removing graffiti, the City will remove 25 square feet or less of graffiti at no cost to the property owner. If the graffitied area is greater than 25 square feet, the City will contact the property owner and require removal. Please report graffiti to the Public Works Department Graffiti Hotline: 510-577-3400.


Give us a call at 510-577-3400 to report graffiti, street maintenance, street light malfunctions, sidewalk repair, and tree trimming. Together We Can Make a Difference!