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The Code Enforcement Division within the Community Development Department keeps Cupertino safe and attractive by ensuring that developers, residents and property managers comply with the policies, processes, and municipal laws associated with Community Development functions. These functions include development planning, building construction, habitability of housing stock, and fire prevention. Code Enforcement staff works closely with property owners and business owners to educate and gain voluntary compliance with the Cupertino Municipal Code.
Planning Code Enforcement Unit
Please contact the Planning Code Enforcement Unit for concerns related to the following:
Unpermitted Land Uses
Development Standard Violations
Prohibited Home Occupations
Recreational Vehicle Living (Private Property)
Impervious Surface Area
Removal of Protected Trees
Planning Code Unit Contact: 408-777-3308 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Code Enforcement Unit
Please contact the Building Code Enforcement Unit for concerns related to the following:
Building Code Violations
Housing Code Violations
Electrical Code Violations
Plumbing Code Violations
Mechanical Code Violations
Building Code Unit Contact: 408-777-3228 or email@example.com
For all other concerns not listed, please visit the
Uniformed Code Enforcement Division or contact at 408-777-3182 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is responsible for the control and eradication of vermin (rodents)?
The Santa Clara County Health Department, Vector Control Division is the agency that is responsible for investigating situations involving rodents and other vermin within Cupertino. Contact them at 408.918.4770 or 800.675.1158.
Is it a code violation to have a home business?
No, in most cases home occupations are permitted. Home occupations are regulated by the municipal code and are subject to the securing of a business license. Generally, home occupations are permitted if they do not have an impact on the neighborhood by means of excessive noise, traffic, visual blight, etc.
Who is responsible for cutting back shrubs and foliage that is obstructing the sidewalk?
Private property owners are required by the municipal code to prune all shrubs and foliage in such a manner that they do not encroach into the sidewalk and/or street. If the foliage is city owned/maintained (such as a street tree), the City Streets Division will prune back the foliage.
Is there a weed abatement program in Cupertino?
Yes, the Santa Clara County Fire Department administers the weed abatement program within the City of Cupertino. If the weeds or dead vegetation are not declared a fire hazard by the fire department, the complaint may be forwarded to the Cupertino Code Enforcement Division, for further review and possible remedy under the property maintenance code. Contact them at 408.282.3145
Is there a code that regulates the storage of old appliances and scrap debris that is stored in the front yard of a residence?
Yes, there is a property maintenance code that restricts the storage of appliances, scrap material, and junk in the front, side, or rear yards where the debris is visible from the street or sidewalk.
Is there a maximum weight limit and/or length limit for vehicles parked on the street?
Yes, as with on-site parking, no commercial vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more, or a maximum length of 60 feet, may be parked on the street in a residential area.
Is there a limit to how long a person may park a vehicle on the street without moving it?
Yes, vehicles may not be parked for longer than 72 consecutive hours without moving.
Is there a maximum weight and/or length limit for vehicles parked on a residential parcel?
Yes, any commercial vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or more, or a total length of 60 feet, is prohibited.
Is there a limit to the number of days a guest can use a recreational vehicle (RV) for sleeping quarters, while the vehicle is parked on a residential parcel?
Yes, guests of the resident may use the RV for a period of 72 hours.