Code Enforcement on the Patrol

The City of Huntington Beach is committed to maintaining and improving the quality of life throughout the community, including residential neighborhoods and commercial/industrial areas.  To help achieve this goal, the City has adopted codes that ensure a safe and healthy environment. 

With summer here, the beach is packed with beachgoers and several fabulous special events! Starting in July, Code Enforcement will proactively patrol the beach to assist the public and address Huntington Beach Municipal Code (HBMC) violations, such as illegal vending, which involves selling unpermitted merchandise, food, or services to the public. 

Vending on the beach (even with a Sidewalk Vendor Permit) is illegal per HBMC 5.100.090 Section D; fines can be up to $1,000 per violation per day.  Other prohibited locations include the beach parking lot, beach service road, Dog Beach, lifeguard facilities, the Pier, Pier Plaza, Pacific Coast Highway, and downtown Huntington Beach, especially in an area designated for a Specific Event pursuant to an issued permit.  Code Enforcement will educate and ask for voluntary cooperation before issuing citations.  To report illegal vending or questions about HBMC 5.100.090, please email [email protected]

The mission of the Code Enforcement Program is to promote a healthy community environment through education and communication. Our dedicated Code Enforcement officers respond to citizen complaints submitted to the City, in addition to initiating proactive enforcement, as appropriate.  On-site inspections and public education are major components of Code Enforcement's functions as well as collaboration with City departments, task force groups, and outside agencies. We are here to ensure your safety and the well-being of our community.

If you see us out and about this summer navigating in our utility vehicle, feel free to wave at us, ask any questions, or flag us down for a free sticker.