Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Section of the Department of Planning and Community Environment is responsible for enforcement of property maintenance, zoning, and building codes throughout Palo Alto. Many departments throughout the City are also responsible for enforcing City codes. Please call 911 for immediate emergencies. Please call the Palo Alto Police Non-Emergency Line, 650-329-2413 for all other public nuisance complaints.


In addition to the services provide by the Department's code enforcement staff, the City had deployed a mobile application to help residents, business owners and visitors report possible code violations, nuisances, and city infrastructure issues directly to the appropriate City staff. PaloAlto311 is a tool to improve communication and response times in order to quickly resolve issues identified by the community. You may find more information about this application, which is available for Apple iOS and Android devices, by clicking here. You must enter a specific address to enter a code complaint.

All violations of the City's Noise Ordinance may be reported to the Police Department's non -emergency number, 650-329-2413. The Noise Ordinance is found in Palo Alto Municipal Code Chapter 9.10.

To report the use of gas-powered leaf blowers in residential zones, you may also use PaloAlto311. Electric leaf blower use is allowed within residential zones only during the following hours: Monday- Friday 9am -5pm and Saturday 10 am -4pm.
Leaf blowers of all types may be used in non-residential zones, but only during the permitted hours, which are Monday- Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm.

Private and Public Trees

Any questions or concerns regarding trees in the public ways, such as sidewalk planter strips, roadway medians, parks, and city facilities please contact the Public Works Urban Forestry Section or navigate to their webpage below.

Public Works Urban Forestry Section
Phone: (650) 496-5953
P.O. Box 10250
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Public Works Urban Forestry Section webpage:

Code Enforcement Contact

Code enforcement complaints must be submitted and tracked through PaloAlto311. Create a Service Request here or by downloading the PaloAlto311 app here. Code Enforcement officers can also be contacted using the information below, for inquires about the division's purview and follow up on existing cases.

Code Enforcement Contact
Phone: (650) 646-1855
250 Hamilton Avenue
5th Floor
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017