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The beauty, peacefulness and safety of our neighborhoods make Monterey one of the most desirable places to live in the country. Code Compliance plays an important role in maintaining the quality of our neighborhoods. Code Compliance deals with a range of neighborhood issues, from abandoned vehicles parked in yards or driveways to illegal conversions of garages into living spaces and unsanitary buildup of trash and debris on private property.

The first “tool” in enforcing codes in Monterey is public education. When we explain that a law is being broken, most problems are resolved quickly. Actual code compliance (usually by way of issuing citations) is normally used only when we don’t gain voluntary cooperation. We stay in contact with community groups to understand local concerns, and we welcome all questions regarding your neighborhood issues.


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Compliance Examples

Common Topics

In the front yard setback (15’), vehicles (boats, RVs and trailers) shall be parked on the driveway apron in front of covered parking. There shall be no parking in the front/side yard setback on non-driveway aprons. Vehicles must be parked on an all-weather surface. This is defined as concrete, asphalt, or gravel.

Vehicle Parking in R-1 zone, see MCC 38-23 D 5 b
Driveway Design Standards, see MCC 38-122

Not more than one commercial vehicle may be parked on or adjoining any one lot. Vehicles over 22 feet in length and/or more than 7.5 feet in height and/or having a bed width of 7 feet or greater shall be kept behind the required garage setback line (20’).

Commercial Vehicle Parking in R-1 Districts, see MCC 38-26 L 1

Inoperative vehicles or vehicles without current registration shall be stored inside a garage or other enclosed structure or behind the required garage setback line (20’) and screened from public view.

Inoperable/Unregistered Vehicles, see MCC38-26 L 2

It is illegal to use RVs or trailers as living quarters in residential neighborhoods.

Living in RVs/Trailers, see MCC38-26 L 3

Individual private vehicle washing is exempt per §31.5-12(b). We do discourage washing vehicles in a location that would allow the water runoff to go directly into a storm drain as this water does not get treated. Alternatives include going to a commercial car wash, choosing biodegradable soap, washing on the lawn, emptying wash water into a sink or toilet, and exploring alternative fundraising opportunities other than car washes.

No property owner may allow weeds or other combustible material to accumulate on their property such that they constitute a public nuisance and/or fire hazard.

Weed Abatement, see MCC 14-10

Yard/garage sales are allowed to take place in residential neighborhoods and no permit is required. There is no restriction on the number of sales a person can hold. However, if it is noted that a particular residence is holding frequent yard/garage sales over an extended period, it could eventually be determined that the resident is conducting a commercial business. Because commercial businesses are generally not permitted in residential areas, this type of use would not be allowed. Posters advertising garage sales are permitted but may NOT be posted on utility poles, trees or where they might interfere with a driver’s line of sight and must be taken down after the garage sale is over.

It is the property owners’ responsibility to properly maintain frontage sidewalks on their property and to keep them free of debris and trip hazards including lift or debris hazards caused by street trees. Property owners may be held liable to persons injured or property damaged as a result of their failure to periodically inspect and properly maintain their frontage sidewalks.
Sidewalk Repair and Maintenance, see MCC 32-24

The public right-of-way begins at the property line and extends to the center of the road. Residents often mistakenly assume that their property begins at the street or sidewalk. While residents are responsible for maintaining this area, anything placed in the right-of-way, either temporary or permanent, requires an encroachment permit. An example of a temporary encroachment would be a storage container that will be at the location for a week. An example of a permanent encroachment would be the placement of a large boulder for landscaping purposes.

Encroachment Permit Application
Fence Information Sheet
R-1 Standards

Planning Office
570 Pacific St
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: (831) 646-3885
Fax: (831) 646-3408


8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday
Closed: 12pm - 1pm
Planners are available from 10am -12pm and 1pm - 3pm

Kimberly Cole
Community Development Director

Fernanda Roveri
Senior Associate Planner

Chris Schmidt
Senior Associate Planner

Christy Sabdo
Associate Planner

Jennifer Cleary
Administrative Assistant

Administrative Citation Appeals

If you have received an administrative citation for violations of the Monterey City Code and wish to appeal the citation, you must do so within 30 days of the date of the citation by submitting the hearing request form to the Finance Department together with an advance deposit of the total fine amount or an advance hardship waiver application form.