The City strives to improve the quality of life for all residents of Claremont, by responding to community concerns and through proactive code enforcement, abatement, and community improvement strategies. In some cases, the City's Housing Rehabilitation Program
may assist homeowners with improvements that have been determined necessary for
eliminating blight and correcting building and health code violations.
A list of the most common neighborhood preservation issues and a summary of applicable city codes is provided in the table below.
For more information or clarification on the City's ordinances relating to neighborhood preservation, contact the Community Improvement office.
Summary of City Codes
Abandoned Property Program
Code addresses properties that are vacant and financially distressed.
Mortgage lenders are required to inspect defaulted properties to confirm that they are occupied.
If a property is found to be vacant, the program requires the lender to exercise the abandonment clause within their mortgage contract, to register the property with the City, and immediately begin to secure and maintain the property to the neighborhood standard.
If the lender is not local, they must hire a local company to inspect the property on a weekly basis. The property must be posted with the name and 24-hour contact number of the company responsible for the weekly inspection, maintenance and security of the property.
The parents of juvenile graffiti vandals will be held responsible, and the City will seek financial restitution as well as having the vandals remove graffiti in the community.
All vehicles that are not currently licensed or registered, or that
lack parts necessary for legal operation, are required to be parked or
stored so that the vehicles are not visible from the street or
The City has established strict standards to control excessive and
Moderate noise levels are permitted between the hours of
7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Stricter noise standards are imposed for the
hours between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Noise associated with the
maintenance of property is permitted to occur only between the hours of
7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Monday - Saturday, and 9:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on
Noise associated with construction is only permitted between
the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Outdoor light fixtures must be shielded and directed downward so that
the light source is not visible from neighboring properties.
Multi-directional, mercury vapor utility yard lights (sometimes called
"barnlighters") are strictly prohibited.
A detailed residential lighting brochure is available through the Community Development Department at City Hall.
Pool & Spa Maintenance
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that swimming
pools and spas are properly maintained.
information on health issues related to
Fences and gates must be maintained in such a manner as to
provide a secure barrier.
All residents are required to maintain their properties and
structures in such a manner as to avoid creating a visual nuisance to
Property owners are required to provide and
continually maintain landscaping of residential and commercial
Eyesores that exist in rear yards which are visible from
adjacent properties affect property values and are as detrimental as
those that exist in front yards (e.g., weeds and overgrown
vegetation are not only unsightly, but are also a fire hazard).
Residents may have bulky refuse removed from the curbside in front of
their property by scheduling a pick-up through the Community Services
Recreational vehicles such as boats, campers, trailers, and
motor homes must be parked in a garage or interior side or rear yard
which is completely enclosed with a minimum five-foot high solid fence
Temporary RV parking permits—good for a maximum of 14 days per
calendar year—may be obtained by calling the Community Improvement
office or by stopping by the Community Development
counter at City Hall.
Permits are required for at-home RV maintenance
and trip preparation/return.
All vehicles that are visible from the street are required to be
parked on paved driveways or approved parking areas.
Parking is not
permitted on sidewalks or lawns, nor in areas of the front and side
yards that do not have concrete, asphalt, or other approved surface.
City enforces an overnight parking ordinance, which prohibits
parking longer than one hour on any public street between the hours of
2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
Temporary signs, such as political posters, garage/yard sale, "for
sale" and "for lease" signs, or other similar advertisements, are
allowed without a permit as long as they are placed on private property.
Political posters are recommended to be no more than four square feet
in size; "for sale" and "for lease" signs may not exceed six square feet.
Garage/yard sale signs may not exceed four square feet. All permanent signs require either staff or Architectural Commission approval.
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