Responding to a Violation

Complaints related to alleged violations are received in various ways:

  • Community complaints
  • City Council referrals
  • Inter-City departments
  • Staff observations

The person violating a city ordinance or building code may receive the opportunity to voluntarily comply with the ordinance and correct the situation within a reasonable time period.

As soon as a compliance inspection is completed and it is determined that the violation no longer exists, our Code Enforcement case will be closed.

If the person does not comply in the specified time, the City will take appropriate action to resolve the violation which can include legal action or proceedings by the City Attorney and possible citations from the City.

Common Violations & Supporting Codes & Ordinances

  • Required Permits California Building Code Section R105.1
  • Maintenance of Accessible Features California Building Code Section 11B-108
  • General Penalty St Helena Municipal Code Section 1.20.010
  • Transient Occupancy Tax St Helena Municipal Code Section 3.28
  • Film Permits City of St Helena Municipal Code Section 5.24
  • Stormwater and Runoff Pollution Control-Enforcement Authority St Helena Municipal Code Section 13.32.120
  • Violation-Penalties St Helena Municipal Code Section 15.04.140
  • Administrative Enforcement Proceedings St Helena Municipal Code Section 17.04.140
  • Short Term Rentals St Helena Municipal Code Section 17.134
  • Parking and Storage of Vehicles St Helena Municipal Code Section 17.136.090
  • Illegal Nonconforming Uses or Structures as Public Nuisance St Helena Municipal Code Section 17.140.050