The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, Zoning Enforcement Section, is responsible for enforcing the planning and zoning code throughout the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.
A few of the more common zoning violations include:Garage Conversions
Single family residences located on a lot of less than one acre are required to maintain a garage or carport. It is a violation, as well as dangerous, to convert either your garage or carport into living space without approval from the Department of Regional Planning.Home Based Businesses
Home based businesses are permitted when they are subordinate and secondary to the home as an accessory use in a residential neighborhood. The following are not permitted:
- Operating any part of a home occupation in an accessory structure intended for parking
- Displaying business signs
- Having more than one non-resident employee.Junk and Salvage
Storing old and secondhand materials irrelevant to the land use is not permitted. This includes junk, trash, auto parts, appliances, furniture, building materials, landscaping material, used tires, etc.Yard Sales and Garage Sales
Only two personal property sales, each lasting up to 3 consecutive days, are allowed in any 12-month period. The following are not permitted:-
Selling new items or items bought for resale-
Conducting sale between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
See Yard Sale Ordinance Brochure
.Inoperable Vehicle Storage
Inoperable vehicles are prohibited on private properties of residential uses. Signs of violations include flat tires, debris accumulation around vehicle, expired tags, or if the vehicle is partially dismantled.Parking of Vehicles in Yards
Vehicles cannot be parked in the required front yard and portions of the side yard setback areas. Commercial vehicles cannot be parked or stored anywhere on residential or agricultural properties. Only passenger vehicles and pickup trucks can be parked and stored on driveways. The following are not permitted to be parked on driveways:-
Boats, commercial vehicles, motor homes, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and utility trailers.
Further information is available at the L.A. County Regional Planning Website
and in the linked Zoning Enforcement Brochure