Code Enforcement

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The City of Dana Point has developed and adopted certain City codes that help maintain the quality of life in your neighborhood.  The City does this by working in partnership with the residents of Dana Point.

In order to promote and maintain a safe and desirable living and working environment, the City administers a comprehensive enforcement program to correct violations of the Municipal Codes.  Common concerns include:

  • Properties that have an accumulation of junk, trash, salvage materials, refuse, rubble, broken asphalt or concrete, containers, broken or neglected machinery, furniture, appliances, sinks, fixtures or equipment, scrap metals, machinery parts, or other such material stored or discarded on private property.
  • Dead or hazardous vegetation.
  • Vegetation that impedes pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Graffiti on private or public property.
  • An unfenced or an under maintained pool or spa.

The primary goal of code enforcement action is voluntary compliance.  The City does not seek to be punitive and property owners are always provided the opportunity to comply with local laws and regulations.  The City relies on the residents to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community and to report concerns to the City.  Code Enforcement Officers follow up on those complaints by conducting a site investigation to determine if there is a violation.  Once it is determined that there is a violation, a code enforcement case is opened.

Each Code Enforcement Officer maintains at least 50 code cases at all times. Each officer is expected to open and close 300 cases per year.  Each code enforcement case is expected to be resolved within 90 days with 85% through voluntary compliance (except for Substandard Building Cases which are more complicated, can take substantially longer to resolve and are generally not resolved through voluntary compliance).

In 2016, the Code Enforcement Division opened 1,270 confirmed code enforcement cases and closed 1,052 cases with a 98% voluntary compliance rate.  In addition, the Division sent out 240 weed abatement notices with 97% voluntary compliance, addressed 31 graffiti complaints, facilitated 153 bulky item pick-ups, addressed 54 water quality issues affecting the City’s storm drainage system, monitored 200 massage licenses and issued/re-issued 190 short term rental permits.

Counter Hours

Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Fridays 7:30 AM through 4:00 PM

Code Enforcement Officers Office Hours

Normally, a code enforcement officer will be available at the Development Services Counter Monday through Friday 8:00am to 10:00am and 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Code enforcement officers have field duty responsibilities during the day and are usually away from the office after 10:00am.

Other times by appointment only.


Matt Schneider, Director of Community Development
(949) 248-3563 

Eric Hagani, Acting Building Official
(949) 248-3545

W. L. Beattie, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3576

Angela Duzich, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3565

Ted Harris, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3549

Ray Oropeza, Code Enforcement Officer
(949) 248-3559

Eve Cuddihy, Administrative Assistant
(949) 248-3564