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Code Enforcement

Code Enforcement's goals are:  To improve and maintain quality of life for neighborhoods throughout the City on private property. Upgrade and preserve the housing stock. Support positive attitudes of residents, homeowners, investors, lenders, appraisers, and realtors towards the neighborhood. Involve neighborhood residents from onset in resolution of public nuisance (citizen involvement). Achieve voluntary compliance with code provisions.

Code enforcement takes property maintenance, housing, zoning, and junk and/or abandoned vehicle complaints for properties that are within the City on private property. We do not have jurisdiction over properties that would be considered County, except for weed and vegetation complaints for those properties that the Bakersfield Fire Department would have first response to.

How do I file a Code Enforcement complaint? 

There are several options available to file a Code Enforcement complaint.  Complaints may be filed in person at the Community Development Building during normal business hours, complaints may be submitted in writing by mail, fax, and e-mail, or a voicemail message can be left on the recorded 24-hour complaint line phone number.

The contact information for each of these options is listed below; 

Complaint Line: (661) 326-3712 

Email complaint to: 
Fax complaint to: (661) 852-2131 

Office Location & Mailing Address:

Code Enforcement
Development Services Building
1715 Chester Avenue
Bakersfield, California 93301 

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday 


When filing a complaint with Code Enforcement, please provide detailed information including:

  • Location of violation.  Provide a correct address including apartment number when possible.
  • Describe the conditions you believe to be violations to be investigated.
  • Provide address and telephone number for the owner of the property or persons responsible for the violation if known to assist with the investigation.
  • Provide your name and a phone number should further information about your complaint be needed. 

 While reporting party names are important, we do not require you to leave your name and phone number in order for us to respond to the complaint.  Your name and phone number allow us to re-contact you and obtain correct information when information is incomplete or incorrect.

It is Code Enforcement’s policy to keep the source of the complaint confidential. There is a potential, however, that Code Enforcement may be ordered to reveal this information in a court proceeding.

What is Code Enforcement?

Code Enforcement is the enforcement of the City of Bakersfield’s local laws (Bakersfield Municipal Code), primarily about the upkeep of properties and the removal of public nuisances.  Most violations of local laws enforced by the Code Enforcement section are handled with an administrative process which is an approach to get property owners to comply with the law and maintain the appearance, function, safety and “quality of life” of neighborhoods.  Besides the administrative process, civil and criminal processes are sometimes used to solve violations also.

The primary authority for Code Enforcement is defined in Chapter 8.80 of the Bakersfield Municipal Code.

Who handles Code Enforcement violations?

Officers with Code Enforcement, a section of the Building Department, within the Development Department have the primary duty to investigate and use the administrative, civil and/or criminal processes to resolve code enforcement violations. 

Code Enforcement Officers are non-sworn officers employed by the City of Bakersfield who have special training in the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of laws about public nuisances, public health, safety, and welfare, public works, business activities and consumer protection, building standards, land-use, and other City affairs.

Code enforcement officers have the authority and powers needed to gain compliance with the laws.  These powers include the power to arrest, issue notices of violations, correction orders, field citations and to inspect public or private property.  They may use whatever legal and administrative solutions allowed by local law or state law.