City of Cypress

5275 Orange Avenue ~ Cypress, CA 90630 ~ 714-229-6700

City of Cypress Community Development

Code Enforcement Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Code Enforcement?
2. How does the code enforcement process work?
3. What is an “Administrative Citation”?
4. What are the City's requirements for noise control and how can I make a complaint about noise?
5. What are the allowable hours of operation for motorized landscape equipment?
6. Can I keep my portable basketball backstop on the sidewalk or in the street?
7. What regulations apply to the storage and placementof trash cans?
8. How do I dispose of large or bulky items, such as a water heater, sofa or appliance?
9. Branches and limbs from my neighbor’s tree are growing over my property. Can the City require them to be cut?
10. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
11. I am organizing a neighborhood garage sale, how do I obtain a permit?
12. What other regulations apply to garage sales?
13. Is there a limit to the number of dogs/cats that I may have?
14. Can I park my motorhome on the street in front of my residence?
15. Out-of-town visitors are coming and would like to park their RV on the street. Is this permissible?
16. I just bought an RV and don’t haven’t obtain a space in a storage yard yet. May I park it on the street temporarily?
17. Can I park vehicles on the front lawn area of my home?
18. Who can I call regarding a barking dog nuisance?
19. Who can I call regarding rats, mosquitoes, or flies?
20. I operate a business in the City of Cypress. Can I post a temporary sign or banner in front of my business?
21. Can I operate a “home-based business” from my residence?
22. What are some of the primary concerns associated with the operation of a home-based business?
23. The information I'm looking for is not here. How can I contact the Code Enforcement Division?
24. What can I do if I believe something is in violation of the City Code?
25. Do I have to identify myself in order to lodge a code enforcement complaint?

1. What is Code Enforcement?
Code enforcement is a process that works to eliminate blight, improve and preserve the appearance of the City’s residential and business areas, and create a community where those who live, work, or visit can experience a sense of pride.

2. How does the code enforcement process work?
The process may begin with either a complaint filed by a resident or business, or by city staff observing a problem through the City’s proactive code enforcement program.The City has a code enforcement officer whose responsibility is to investigate complaints of property maintenance and municipal code violations.The City’s code enforcement officer also periodically patrols the City proactively to ensure compliance with the City’s property maintenance and municipal code provisions. Most often, a code enforcement action is initiated through a complaint filed by a resident or business. After a complaint is received, an inspection is made to determine the validity, nature, and extent of the concern. If a Code violation is observed, the property owner is informed and given an opportunity to bring the property into compliance. If corrective action is not completed in a reasonable manner, or time, and after repeated attempts on the part of the code enforcement officer to resolve the issue(s) the City may, as a last resort issue an Administrative Citation or file a criminal complaint with the City Attorney’s office. However, the primary goal is to resolve the code violation through voluntary compliance, and the vast majority of cases are resolved in this manner.

3. What is an “Administrative Citation”?
An administrative citation is similar to a parking ticket in that appearance before a judge or magistrate is not required.Fines are significant and are $100.00, $200.00, and $500.00 respectively for the first, second, third and continuing violations.Payment of administrative fines must be made to the City within 15 calendar days.

4. What are the City's requirements for noise control and how can I make a complaint about noise?
Noise in residential areas is restricted by time of day, as well as the intensity level and duration of the noise event. The noise ordinance is designed to address recurring noise sources such as pool pumps/motors, air conditioning units and other stationary noise sources. For noise sources such as loud parties, vehicles, or music please contact the Cypress Police Department at (714) 229-6600.

5. What are the allowable hours of operation for motorized landscape equipment?
The City’s Noise Ordinance prohibits the operation of motorized landscaping equipment (except leaf blowers) before 7:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and before 8:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. Leaf blowers may not be operated before 8:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and may not be operated before 9:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.Use of leaf blowers on Sundays is prohibited.

6. Can I keep my portable basketball backstop on the sidewalk or in the street?
No. Privately owned sporting equipment such as basketball backboard structures, hockey nets, skateboard ramps and similar items may not be permanently left in the “public right-of-way”.The public right-of-way includes the street, sidewalk, parkway, driveway apron, and alleys.Residents are asked to put these items back on their private property once they are done using them so that street sweepers and other equipment may access the area.

7. What regulations apply to the storage and placement of trash cans?
Trash containers may not be placed at the point of pickup before 6:00 p.m. on the day preceding pickup, and must be removed before 6:00 a.m. on the day following pickup. Additionally, trash cans must be stored in an area not visible from the public right-of-way.

8. How do I dispose of large or bulky items, such as a water heater, sofa or appliance?
Residents may request that two bulky items per year be picked up by Consolidated Disposal. To arrange for a bulky item pick-up, residents can contact Consolidated directly at (800) 299-4898. Large items are generally picked-up on Thursdays, so discarded items should not be placed on the parkway for removal until the evening prior to the scheduled pick-up.

9. Branches and limbs from my neighbor’s tree are growing over my property.Can the City require them to be cut?
No.The City’s Municipal Code does not prohibit or regulate the growth of a tree branch/limb between private property. However the City does prohibit the growth of tree branches/limbs that grow over the City’s public right-of-way and which obstruct passage of vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclist, or which obstruct clear visibility of traffic signals or signs.

10. Do I need a permit for a garage sale?
Yes.The City requires that persons who want to hold a garage/yard sale obtain a no-fee permit from the City’s Community Development Department. The permit must be posted and visible from the street while the sale is occurring.

11. I am organizing a neighborhood garage sale, how do I obtain a permit?
Whether a garage sale is for a single individual, or an entire tract, a garage sale permit must be issued and posted on-site.You may obtain permits for others involved in a neighborhood garage sale event, however you must submit a signed authorization (a simple note is sufficient) from the other participants authorizing you to obtain the permit on their behalf.

12. What other regulations apply to garage sales?  Items may not be placed or displayed in the public right of way (including the street, sidewalk, parkway, and driveway apron).

  • All goods, wares and merchandise must be the personal property of the permanent resident(s) hosting the garage sale.The items offered for sale may only be of a household nature, and may not have been acquired elsewhere for the express purpose of resale.
  • Garage sale signs may not be posted on telephone poles, streetlights, traffic signs, or any other structures within the public right-of-way. Garage sale signs may be posted off-site (with the property owners consent) no more than one day preceding the event, and must be removed not more than one day following the end of the event.
  • No more than two (2) events may be held per calendar year at each residential site.
  • The event may not exceed three (3) consecutive days.

13. Is there a limit to the number of dogs/cats that I may have?
Yes. Households may have a maximum of three (3) dogs, three (3) cats, or a combination of both not exceeding three. Additional animals in excess of this provision may be kept in single family zones subject to City Council approval of a conditional use permit.

14. Can I park my motorhome on the street in front of my residence?
The City of Cypress Municipal Code has an “oversize vehicle ordinance” which prohibits the placement of vehicles that are “oversized” on City streets between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. An oversized vehicle is any vehicle or combination of vehicles that exceeds eight (8) feet in height, or twenty-two (22) feet in length, or ninety-two (92) inches in width.

15. Out-of-town visitors are coming and would like to park their RV on the street. Is this permissible?
Yes. The Police Department may issue a temporary permit for overnight parking for oversized vehicles owned by visitors or house guests temporarily visiting in the city. The permit is valid for a maximum period of seven (7) days and may not be issued to vehicles registered to a residence located within the city.

16. I recently purchased an RV and have not yet obtained a space in a storage facility. May I park it on the street temporarily?
Yes. The Police Department issues temporary permits for vehicles that belong to residents, or that are newly purchased and who are in the process of arranging suitable permanent parking/storage.Such permits are valid for a maximum of thirty (30) days.

17. Can I park vehicles on the front lawn area of my home?
No. The City’s Municipal Code prohibits parking vehicles on lawns, landscaped areas, and other unpaved surfaces.  Parking on lawn will be subject to the issuance of Administrative Citation with a fine of $100.00, $200.00 and $500.00 for the first, second, and continuing violation thereafter.

18. Who can I call regarding a barking dog nuisance?
The City of Cypress contracts for animal control services with the Orange County Health Department, Animal Control Division.Complaints or inquiries may be made directly to Animal Control at (714) 935-6848.

19. Who can I call regarding rats, mosquitoes, or flies?
The City of Cypress contracts with the County of Orange for vector control services.Vector control may be contacted directly at (714) 971-2421.

20. I operate a business in the City of Cypress. Can I post a temporary sign or banner in front of my business?
Yes, however a “Temporary Use Permit” (TUP) is required prior to the installation of the sign or banner. The TUP allows placement of temporary signs/banners for a period ranging from one (1) to fourteen (14) days per three (3) month period.However temporary signs/banners may not be displayed for more than thirty (30) cumulative days per year. A Temporary Use Permit may be obtained at the City’s Community Development Department.The cost of the permit is $50.00 per issuance.

21. Can I operate a “home-based business” from my residence?
Yes, the City does allow “home-occupations” to be operated from residences subject to operators obtaining a “Home Occupation Permit”, a business tax certificate, and complying with various regulatory conditions. Home occupation permits may be obtained at the City’s Community Development Department, and business tax certificates may be obtained in the City’s Finance Department.

22. What are some of the primary concerns associated with the operation of a home-based business?
There are fifteen (15) separate regulatory conditions that must be adhered to in operating a home based business.The complete list may be found in Section 23.5 of the City’s Zoning Ordinance.Some of the primary issues include:

  • The business use must be clearly incidental to the residential use of the structure.
  • No one other that a resident of the dwelling may be employed by a home occupation operating within that dwelling.
  • Home occupations may not generate pedestrian or vehicular traffic beyond that considered normal within the surrounding residential district.
  • No direct sales shall be conducted on the premises of any home occupation.

23. The information I'm looking for is not here. How can I contact the Code Enforcement Division?
Code enforcement is part of the City’s Community Development Department. The code enforcement officer may be contacted directly at (714) 229-6726.

24. What can I do if I believe something is in violation of the City Code?
The Code Enforcement Division responds to complaints of violation of the City’s Municipal Code and Zoning Ordinance.You may contact the City’s code enforcement officer at (714) 229-6726 to discuss matters relating to Code violations, learn what issues or conditions constitute a violation of the City’s codes, and request further investigation by the code enforcement officer.

25. Do I have to identify myself in order to lodge a code enforcement complaint?
No. The City of Cypress routinely accepts anonymous complaints, and investigates and resolves such complaints in the same manner as concerns raised by identified complainants.