Property Unit

Property may be claimed during normal property release hours by appointment only. Retrieval of bulk property requires advanced notification. 

The Property Unit days and hours for the release of property are:

To schedule an appointment, contact the Property Unit at 714-536-5944.

The Property Unit provides for the proper collection, storage, security, and disposition of evidence and other property, including items taken for safekeeping and found property.

With the exception of firearms and other property specifically regulated by statute, found property shall be held for a minimum of 90 days, and safekeeping property shall be held for a minimum of 60 days. The Huntington Beach Police Department is in the possession of the following FOUND items. If you believe any of these items may belong to you, please call the Property & Evidence Unit at (714) 536-5944, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., to identify your property. You will need to provide proof of ownership to make a claim. All unclaimed items will be sold at public auction, destroyed, converted to City use, or otherwise disposed of by law. The Huntington Beach Police Department Property Unit uses and for all auction items.


All firearms must be registered in the name of the person taking possession. Firearms will only be released with Detective approval. Please bring a government-issued photo ID, DOJ Law Enforcement letter, and proof of ownership, if applicable, to the appointment. Call 714-536-5944 to schedule your appointment.

Law Enforcement Release (LER) - this form MUST be completed and submitted to the DOJ. HBPD cannot release a firearm, ammunition, or an ammunition feeding device for any reason without the original LER letter with a DOJ seal. This letter is valid for 30 calendar days. If the items are not retrieved within the 30 days, a new LER application must be submitted to the DOJ

Firearm Ownership Report - this form is used if the firearms are not registered in the name of the person retrieving the firearms. All firearms, including long guns, must be registered prior to release.

Department of Justice (DOJ) - Firearms home page: Bureau of Firearms | State of California - Department of Justice - Rob Bonta Attorney General

FAQ - My firearm is in the possession of a court or law enforcement agency. What do I need to do to get it back?

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City of Huntington Beach
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2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
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(714) 960-8825
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