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How to be a Good Neighbor in a Single-Family Residential Zone
19 Tips for Maintaining Safe and Attractive Neighborhoods


1.   VEHICLE PARKING – Confine all vehicle parking on private property to paved surfaces only.  Paved surfaces means concrete, asphalt, or other impervious material.  The City encourages the use of the garage for parking and vehicle storage purposes.  Do not park across sidewalks.  Citations may be issued for parking violations on private property.


2.   INOPERABLE VEHICLES – On private property, an inoperable vehicle or vehicle parts are not allowed for more than 72 consecutive hours, unless stored completely within an enclosed garage.  Any inoperable vehicle being stored or undergoing repairs, maintenance or restoration must be registered to the property address.  A vehicle is considered inoperable if it has any of the following: flat tires, missing tires, dismantled, wrecked, weed growth at the tires, junk piled in/or/around/under, no license plate, expired registration, cobwebs or an accumulation of dirt or dust indicating non-use.  A vehicle left unattended on jacks constitutes a potential safety hazard and must be corrected immediately.  Citations may be issued for inoperative vehicles on private property, which are subject to removal from the property by the City with all costs assessed to the property owner.


3.   COMMERCIAL VEHICLE AND COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT – Commercial vehicles in excess of 6,000 pounds are prohibited on private property; any commercial tractor or trailer is prohibited, and commercial equipment not ordinary to residential use is prohibited.  However, commercial vehicles or equipment, on private property, actively performing a service at the property are permitted.


4.   CARS FOR SALE – A maximum of 30 days per year may be used for the display of a vehicle advertised for sale.  There is a limit of two vehicles permitted for sale within the year, one at a time, and the vehicles must be registered to the resident of the property.


5.   STREET PARKING – Only temporary, emergency repairs may be made to vehicles while they are parked on the street. Noncompliance will result in the issuance of a vehicle citation and the impoundment of the vehicle.


6.   RECREATIONAL VEHICLES (RVs) – RV’s may be parked temporarily, not exceeding 72 consecutive hours, in the driveway for the purpose of serving the RV or for guest parking.  No electrical or water hook-ups are permitted. An RV may not be used for living purposes unless parked within a licensed mobile home or RV park.


7.   LANDSCAPING – Landscaping is an important element of any residence and has the potential to positively or negatively impact property values.  All residences are required to provide landscaping and a continuing program of maintenance.  Drought tolerance landscaping schemes are encouraged, as well as water conservation maintenance methods.  Additionally, barren areas, dead vegetation, or weeds do not constitute acceptable landscaping.  Front-yard landscaping must be trimmed regularly so as not to encroach into public right-of-way.


8.   PARKWAY LANDSCAPING – The parkway is generally the area 10 feet back from the curb.  Depending on your neighborhood, it can be the landscaped area between the sidewalk and the curb or the first ten feet back from the curb when there is no sidewalk.  The parkway trees belong to the City, and only City crews may trim or remove a parkway tree.  However, low growing sucker stalks as well as branches hanging into the public right-of way shall be trimmed by the property owner.  The parkway must be landscaped or provided with other decorative treatment.  Please check with Public Works at (562) 383-4170 before doing any permanent improvement in your parkway, such as concrete, bricks, etc.  In addition, ivy or other vines are not permitted to grow up parkway trees or utility poles; the maximum height for vegetation (except trees) in the parkway is 8 inches.  Any parkway vegetation that is growing out onto a sidewalk, curb, or gutter must be trimmed back even with the property line.


9.   ALLEYS – Residences adjacent to alleys are responsible for removing any accumulated litter, debris, discards and weeds at the rear of their property.  Landscaping that overhangs or grows out from the property and impedes the public right-of way must be trimmed back even with the property line.


10. DISCARDS – Discards, trash, debris, and junk accumulations must be promptly removed from the exterior of the property.  Such items are not only unsightly -- they attract rodents and become a fire hazard.  Broken, unusable or abandoned items, appliances, furniture, fencing, etc., are considered discards.


11. TRASH CONTAINERS – Trash receptacles and green waste containers may be placed at the curb for removal by Waste Management between 4:00 P.M. on the day preceding collection and 10:00 P.M. on the day of collection.  Otherwise, trash receptacles and green waste containers must be stored out of public view.  When there is alley trash pick up, the site must be kept clear of any spilled debris, and the containers must also be placed out of public view and as far out of the right-of-way as possible.  All trash receptacles, including dumpsters, must have lids, and all trash bags must be secured.  Please contact Public Works at (562) 383-4170 or Waste Management at (562) 694-3730, for further information.


12. BUILDING AND STRUCURE MAINTENANCE – Maintaining the exterior of all structures on a lot is important for protecting property values.  Some examples are: fences, gates, and garage doors must be kept in good working order and appearance; broken windows must be replaced; peeling or deteriorated paint must be repainted; deteriorated stucco must be repaired; crumbling driveways, deteriorated or damaged roofs, and damaged screens must be replaced or repaired.  Substantial negligence in this area can lead to unsafe conditions and the consequent removal of the occupants for health and safety reasons.


13. INTERIOR CONDITIONS – If a residence does not have water or electrical service, it may not be occupied.  Running extension cords or hoses from neighboring properties is not permitted.  Plumbing and wiring must be kept in good working condition.  Exits must not be blocked by furniture, household items, or other accumulations.  The interiors must be kept clean, free of clutter, and in good repair.  Unsanitary interiors may also cause the removal of the occupants for health and safety reasons.


14. HOME OCCUPATIONS – Regulations and permits for home occupations are provided through the Business License Department at (562) 383-4065.  Residential businesses must not generate traffic to or from the premises, employees may only be members of the resident family, no outside employees may come to the property, signs are prohibited, and there may not be sales of any products or services not produced at the residence.  Additionally, only the main structure – not the garage – may be used for business purposes.


15. DIRTY SWIMMING POOLS AND RODENT INFESTATION -- Both of these potential health hazards can be controlled with regular property maintenance.  Rodents, in particular, can be controlled by maintaining clean surroundings.  Call Orange County Vector Control at (714) 971-2421 for assistance.   Vacant properties with green pools will be pumped by City crews, and the cost assessed as a lien against the property.


16. PETS – Animals waste must be cleaned up in a prompt and regular manner in order to eliminate odor and sanitation problems. When walking pets, their droppings must be removed immediately. Barking dogs, day or night, are a disturbance and should be controlled for neighborly peace and repose. At each residence, there may be no more than four dogs and/or four cats.  Call Animal Control at (562) 383-4352 for assistance or more information.


17. YARD SALE REGULATIONS – Yard sales may only be conducted on the second weekend of every month with a maximum of four (4) yard sales per calendar year per residentially zoned parcel. The sale may run for a maximum of three consecutive weekend days.


18. SIGNS – No signs of any kind may be placed on sidewalks or in driveways, or in the public Right of Way, including streets and medians, or on public utility poles. Signs may be placed on private property only with the written permission of the property owner. Further guidelines for open house and yard sale signs are available through the Planning Department at (562) 383-4100.


19. GRAFFITI – Remove all graffiti from private property promptly. Graffiti is unsightly and is an invitation for unwelcome activity. The City of La Habra’s Graffiti Hotline is (562) 383-4220.

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