A City / Community Partnership to Make Garden Grove A Better Place

The City of Garden Grove is committed to working with citizens in a joint effort to preserve and improve all of our residential neighborhoods. We share your desire to maintain the quality of life throughout your neighborhood. Please view our Who to Contact Information Brochure for more information.

To ensure a tranquil neighborhood, community standards for residential areas have been established to determine the proper maintenance of residential properties and neighborhoods. Community standards are reflected in the Garden Grove residential codes. Maintaining and enhancing our neighborhoods is also important because it protects the property value of your home.

The staff of Code Enforcement Officers work to investigate complaints of property maintenance violations. If a violation is noted, our Officers work with the property owners and tenants to correct any violations and bring the property into compliance with City codes.

Code Enforcement is currently seeking volunteers to assist staff in the preservation and improvement of residential neighborhoods. Learn more about the Volunteers in Code Enforcement Program and how you can help maintain the quality-of-life in Garden Grove.

For the quickest answers, please read our Code Enforcement FAQ. If you have any questions about the City's Zoning Codes, please call the Code Enforcement office at (714) 741-5358 and leave your name, address, and phone number. A Code Enforcement Officer will return your call. Or if you prefer, you may contact us via email at CodeEnforcement@ci.garden-grove.ca.us.

Garden Grove Municipal Code

Current through Ordinance 2854 and the March 2015 code supplement.
Code Enforcement Service Area Map

Drought State of Emergency

City's response to Drought State of Emergency
Maintenance of Landscaping - Awareness

Vacant and Abandoned Property

In an attempt to prevent conditions of blight, disrepair, and illegal occupancy by vagrants often resulting from vacant buildings, the City Council of the City of Garden Grove enacted Ordinance No. 2737, which became effective on December 25, 2008. This Ordinance requires any beneficiary or trustee of the deed of trust on a property located within the City, to perform an inspection of the property that is the security for the deed of trust prior to recording a notice of default with the Orange County Recorder’s Office.

If the property is vacant or shows evidence of vacancy, either the trustee or the beneficiary must register the property within the City within ten (10) days of the inspection using forms provided by the City. Both the trustee and the beneficiary may be issued citations if the property is not registered.

Please fill out the Foreclosure Ordinance Application. This form must be completed and submitted, either by mail or personally delivered to the Business Tax desk, located on the first floor of the Garden Grove City Hall at 11222 Acacia Parkway. For questions regarding this ordinance, please contact Code Enforcement at (714) 741-5358 or (714) 741-5350.


If there is a pool on the property, and it must be drained, the discharge of pool water shall be performed in accordance with the City of Garden Grove's NPDES permit, City of Garden Grove Stormwater Quality Ordinance, and local guidelines. It is advised to dispose of swimming pool water into the sewer system through a sewer clean-out, preferably, or other sewer drains using a flow restrictor.

Alternatively, swimming pool water may be disposed into the storm drains under City and NPDES regulations. For more information on disposing swimming pool water into the storm drain, please visit the County website . This method of disposal requires a 48 hour notification and a Chlorine Residual Inspection. For more information, please call the Public Works Department's Environmental Services Division at (714) 741-5375.

Hazardous Waste

The disposal of Household Hazardous Waste shall be done in accordance with the Garden Grove Sanitary District Code of Regulations (2004), Chapter 5.10.

Residential Zoning Codes

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Your Neighborhood Improvement Guide

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Garage Alterations and Permitted Uses

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Enforcement Methods

In most cases, the person responsible for a code violation is given an opportunity to voluntarily comply with the law and correct the situation. Once the deadline in the Compliance Order has passed, the owner or responsible person is subject to one or more of the remedies through the enforcement process listed here (In addition to any fines that result from a remedy, fees may be charged after the second re-inspection for multiple housing properties.)

Important Phone Numbers
Code Enforcement (Business Hours) (714) 741-5358
Code Enforcement (After Hours and Weekends) (714) 741-5350
Anti-Graffiti Hotline (Graffiti Removal) (714) 741-5381
Streets and Street Trees (714) 741-5379
Stray, Injured Animals (714) 935-6848
Abandoned Vehicles: (714) 741-5704
Building Permits (714) 741-5307
Planning Permits (714) 741-5323
Special Event Permit (714) 741-5358