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7:00 - 5:30 pm, Monday- Thursday 

Ph. 619-825-3820

Code Enforcement Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the Development Services Department to investigate all zoning code violations that are reported to the City in writing or by phone at 619-825-3820, anonymous complaints cannot be accepted.

Complaints may be submitted in person to: 
Code Enforcement Officer 
City of Lemon Grove
3232 Main Street
Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Private Party Trespassing and Homeless:

 Dear Lemon Grove Business Owner,

 Thank you for being a part of “Team Lemon Grove” and for choosing to continue to operate your business in the City.  Your presence is greatly needed and the City hopes to rekindle the partnership that we have to make the City a great place to live, work and shop! 

 With that said this message was created to help inform each current and prospective business owner of the increase in the number of concerns that have been raised by businesses and residents alike, regarding the transient population and trespassing on private property. 

 In 2017, the annual point in time count quantified the City’s homeless population to equal 52.  While this is one of the lowest counts in the County, there is still an impact to the businesses in the City.  The City and its law enforcement partner, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, have received calls for service that range from vandalism, public urination, littering, smoking, public intoxication and trespassing. 

Often time homeless individuals are directly related to trespassing.  It is noticeable that an increase in the number of homeless population can affect the quality of life in the community.  However, we as the City are in a very precarious position because we have to preserve business property rights and also be compassionate and humane regarding the homeless population.  This information was created with the hopes to educate what trespassing is and having a functional understanding of California’s trespassing laws to solve the problem. 

 Section 602 of the California Penal Code provides an exhaustive list of various forms of trespass.  To trespass is defined as entering the property of another without permission or right to do so.  The elements to prosecute under this section are:

 1. A Peace Officer must ask the individual in question to leave; or

 2. The Owner or Owner’s Agent must ask the individuals in question to leave.

 If the individual refuses to leave after being asked to do so, or subsequently returns to the property after being asked to leave, a trespass violation exist.  If an individual voluntarily complies to leave after being asked to do so, a trespass arrest typically is not possible unless other crimes have been committed. 

 What can you do to deter homeless trespassing?

 By taking certain steps, you can insure that you are not inadvertently enabling trespassing on your private property.  Some tips include:

  •  Posting your property with “No Trespassing” signs, citing section 602 of the Penal Code, is helpful.Considering posting at entrances and gates.By posting the signs, it may aid in the prosecution of trespassing to prove “intent” to commit the crime.
  •  Lock and secure dumpsters and recyclable receptacles at all times.

  •  Avoid offering food or money.

  •  Lock and secure power outlets, water spigots (remove handles), gates, and restroom doors.

  •  Avoid allowing trash, shopping carts, or personal belongings from accumulating on the property.

  •  Cut back shrubbery and foliage growth to prevent hiding places.

  •  Consider a private security service to conduct patrols through your property.Most individuals will move along to other areas to camp after they realize they are being inconvenienced too many times and asked to leave.

 It is very important to understand the use and filing of a “No Trespass Letter” with the Sheriff’s Department.  Simply filing out a form does not give the permission to the Sheriff’s Department to immediate respond and arrest whomever the suspect is.  Each responding Deputy will do his/her due diligence to investigate and interview the reporting party as well as the suspect.  If your business is in a public place that is reasonably, open to the public, then any individual can be present and that is not a crime. 

 If you have questions please contact:

  •  City of Lemon Grove Code Enforcement Division at 619-825-3820
  • San Diego Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency at 858-565-5200

 If you have an emergency situation call 911. 

 New Beekeeping Ordinance

On Saturday, August 20, 2016, the City’s new Beekeeping regulations will go into effect. This new ordinance will make several changes to the regulations that govern the recreational keeping of bees in Lemon Grove. If you or someone you know is currently a hobbyist beekeeper or is considering becoming one, the following regulations will apply to your sweet hobby:

  • All current hobbyist beekeepers must obtain a Beekeeping Permit. Beekeeping permits are available free-of-charge as part of a six-month amnesty period (August 20, 2016-February 20, 2017). Beekeepers who apply for a Beekeeping Permit after February 20, 2017 will need to pay the established $35 permit fee.
  • Beehives shall be placed at least twenty-five feet from streets rights-of-way and any private access easement, at least fifteen feet from any side or rear lot line, and at least twenty-five feet from any neighboring dwellings. For three-to-four hives, a one-hundred foot separation from neighboring dwellings is required.
  • Based upon conservative industry standards, beehives cannot be larger than 15 cubic feet in volume.
  • Firefighting materials must be located near a hive. Firefighting materials can include: a hose connected to a water source, a shovel, or a fire extinguisher. A sufficient water supply must be kept near the hive as well.
  • Only docile bees may be kept within the City.
  • All hives must be registered with the County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights, and Measures. Registration is free to beekeepers with less than 10 hives.
  • Sensitive site registration is available for property operators who have medical reasons or where bees could cause a nuisance during normal work activities. Bee hives must be kept at least 100-feet from the border of sensitive areas.
  • All hives must be well maintained. The City is able to abate hives if they become a nuisance or danger to the Community. Hives not maintained will be treated as a Code Enforcement violation with the potential to have the negligent beekeeper face penalties and fines.

The San Diego Beekeeping Society supports, and has also endorsed, Lemon Grove’s new ordinance. The Beekeeping Society is a helpful network to be involved in for educational and training opportunities for novice and experienced beekeepers. They meet monthly and host classes and events throughout the year. Learn more about them on the web at

See what all the buzz is about on the City’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profiles. More information is also available on the City’s Code Enforcement Webpage. For questions regarding Ordinance 439 or to register your property as a sensitive site, please contact Mike Viglione, Associate Planner, at 619-825-3807 or


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