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Redwood City’s Code Enforcement Office Seeks Volunteers

Redwood City , CA – October 28, 2008 - The City of Redwood City announces a new program utilizing community volunteers to assist in its Code Enforcement activities. Through the new “Code Enforcement Volunteer” program, volunteer residents will work together with the City to help beautify and improve neighborhoods and business areas, all for the common purpose of protecting and improving the quality of life in Redwood City.

The City is seeking the help of interested and committed community members who will assist Code Enforcement staff by simply taking a look at various areas of the City and reporting possible code violations. Visual assessments of neighborhoods and business areas can occur either during the week or on weekends, and the hours are at the volunteers’ convenience.

Volunteers will not be surveying their own neighborhoods, and no interior inspections will be required. All of the visual surveys will be conducted from the public right-of-way. Volunteers will be reporting possible violations to the City’s Code Enforcement staff for their follow up, and no contact with property or business owners will be made. Volunteers may also assist in administrative matters and record keeping, in order to free-up our Code Enforcement Officers to focus on enforcement in the field.

Among the code enforcement violations that participants in the Volunteer Program will look for are:

  • Inoperative vehicles parked on lawns, driveways, or streets
  • Commercial or oversized vehicles parked in residential neighborhoods
  • Excessive accumulation of trash in areas visible to the public
  • Auto repair and other un-permitted business activities in residential neighborhoods
  • Weeds and overgrown vegetation, which are both health and fire hazards
  • Possible illegal living units or garage conversions
  • Illegal signs

Each volunteer will receive a short training session in how to perform a visual survey and how to identify possible code violations. Any community member interested in this very helpful volunteer opportunity is encouraged to contact Michel Wayne at (650) 780-7357 or

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John LaTorra
Building & Inspection Manager

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