Code Enforcement

Purpose & Duties

The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for assuring the adopted City Zoning and Building Codes are implemented on private property to address general health, life, fire and safety issues facing residents. This involves responding to complaints received regarding such things as, but not limited to:

  • Unsafe buildings
  • Vehicle, trash, and debris storage
  • Animal violations
  • Un-permitted construction
  • Substandard housing

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File a Complaint

If you wish to file a complaint, please print and complete the Code Investigation Request Form.You may scan and email the form to Alternatively, you may send your completed Complaint Form by mail, or hand deliver to 90 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, or fax to (707)543-3317.  Complainant information received is confidential. To file a complaint regarding signage, you can also visit the MySantaRosa page to submit your concern online.

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Check the Status of a Complaint

The City of Santa Rosa's Open Data Portal: Enforcement Cases can be used to check the status of a filed Code Investigation Request Form. 

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Not Sure if You Need A Permit?

Check the City Code, or contact the Department of Planning and Economic Development.


The Code Enforcement Division carries out two building and zoning code enforcement programs, with staff assigned to support each program. The two programs are Code Enforcement, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP).

Code Enforcement Program This is the basic Code Enforcement Program that responds to code enforcement complaints within the city limits of Santa Rosa. The section is currently responding to about 1200 Code Enforcement cases citywide annually, with an active caseload of approximately 2100. 
Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) NRP is an inter-departmental program that includes the departments of Housing and Community Services, Police, Fire, City Attorney, and Recreation and Parks. These departments have been working together in five focused neighborhoods to respond to and address housing and code enforcement issues in multi-family complexes. More information about the Neighborhood Revitalization Program is available here.