The Code Enforcement Division's responsibility is to ensure that all property owners and businesses in Montclair are in compliance with various sections of the Montclair Municipal Code. Code Enforcement staff maintains a presence throughout the City seven days a week through the use of full- and part-time staff, who conduct regular, proactive inspections Citywide, in addition to responding to complaints from citizens.
Some of the most common violations and reasons for Code Enforcement to seek voluntary compliance:
"Appearance violations." Such things as unmaintained landscaping, peeling paint, broken windows, and inoperable vehicles in a neighborhood not only are unsightly, but have the potential for negatively impacting property values, quality of life, and indirectly leading to increased criminal activity.
Illegal garage conversions and room additions. These types of unauthorized residential property improvements often can lead to life safety hazards such as improper construction and insufficient exit routes in case of fire or other emergency.
Unpermitted uses of land or buildings. The Montclair Municipal Code allows specified types of land uses in the City's various zoning district to ensure compatibility with surrounding uses. Establishment of an unpermitted landuse has potential to negatively impact nearby properties and create a public nuisance.
Illegal signs. Montclair's Sign Code is designed to afford the City's businesses adequate opportunities to identify themselves while observing a minimum aesthetic expectation. Permanent and temporary signs and advertising devices that create visual clutter and detract from the character of the City's commercial areas are generally not permitted.
Code Enforcement staff identifies and responds to complaints relating to violations of the Montclair Municipal Code and other applicable codes. The violations are abated by the progressive application of educational interaction, owner/tenant notification, involvement, and if needed, citation. This division is managed by the Building Official.
Code Enforcement can be reached by calling (909) 625-9477. The City also maintains a Code Enforcement hotline at (909) 447-3519, where messages can be left about code violations. Callers may remain anonymous if they desire. Reports may also be made by filling out and submitting the following form: Report an Issue
Code Enforcement Staffing Hours
Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Code Enforcement Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.