The Code Enforcement Division of the Economic and Community Development Department enforces permitting requirements regarding building to protect health and life safety and zoning investigations, home occupation and all forms of serious public nuisance enforcement with efforts focused on gaining voluntary compliance.
Code Enforcement derives its authority from the Municipal and Building Codes. The Code Enforcement Division staff is comprised of Code Enforcement field inspectors and office staff. They coordinate major inspections and enforcement of dangerous property conditions and may involve multiple disciplines, by assigning the property to the City’s Code Enforcement Task Force. Since it was instituted in 1994, the Task Force has successfully resolved numerous enforcement cases closed within 30-45 days.
The Code Enforcement Division office is located in City Hall on the second floor and may be reached by telephone at (650) 991-8260.
To report abandoned shopping carts found in Daly City:
Please contact Daly City's Abandoned Shopping Cart Retrieval reporting line at (650) 991-5525. Leave a message with the following information below in order to receive a response within 72 hours:
1. Brief description of cart
2. Name of the store the cart belongs to - if you are able to determine
3. Location of the abandoned cart - address or cross streets
4. Date and time you observed the cart.
If after 72 hours you still notice the same cart in the same location, please telephone Daly City's Department of Economic and Community Development at 650-991-8260.
The Code Enforcement Process
When a complaint is received, or staff suspects a violation, the following steps are undertaken to have the violation abated:
- An inspection is scheduled to determine if the complaint has merit. If it does not, the case is closed.
- If the complaint has merit, a letter explaining the violations is mailed to the property owner. It provides direction and timelines to abate the violations.
- If the violations are not abated within reasonable timelines, the case may be referred to the Administrative Hearing Board.
Code Enforcement Fees
Enforcement fees represent the staff time incurred to see the violation abated. They increase over time. Common violations and the associated fees are listed below (for violations abated within 30 days):
|Expired Plan Check/Building Permit Application||$475|
|Illegal Secondary Unit||$880|
|Conditions of Approval Violation||$880|
|Sign Permit Violation||$880|
|Illegal Home Occupation||$880|
|All Other Violations||$880|
Fees accrue and are due from the date of the letter following the initial investigation. They increase if the violation is not abated within 30 days, 60 days and/or within 90 days from the date of the letter.
Example: Rooms were constructed without permit. The fees are as follows depending upon how long the case remains open:
1-30 days ............. $1,180
31-60 days.............. $475
61-90 days.............. $575
It is in the property owner's best interest to abate the violation as quickly as possible.
The focus of the Task Force is to remove dangerous conditions as soon as possible. The cost of violation abatement, including staff time, is charged back to the property owner. If the owner is unwilling to do the work, staff seeks approval from the City Council to have the violation abated. If necessary, a lien is placed on the property to assure cost recovery.
The Code Enforcement Task Force has proven to be effective in minimizing the recurring violations on properties with long-term violations. The main focus of the Task Force has traditionally been to remove substandard conditions in apartment complexes. Recent inspections of apartment complexes have demonstrated that the use of the Task Force for all large apartment complexes a success. Most major violations have been abated, and any minor violations may be picked up by the Fire Department's annual apartment inspection program.
The Code Enforcement Division acts as liaison to the Administrative Hearing (Appeals) Board. The Board reviews investigations of serious violations and determines the required next step of enforcement and has authority to assess administrative costs for all staff time and set civil penalty fees (up to $2,500 a day for each day a violation is present to the maximum amount of $10,000). This incentive is normally sufficient to gain voluntary compliance by property owners. The Appeals Board is an integral part of the Code Enforcement Program and has contributed greatly to its success.
The City’s code enforcement efforts fulfill the first two goals of the Daly City’s mission statement:
Assure the safety and general well-being of the community.
Preserve, improve and develop the physical and aesthetic aspects of the community.