To report a suspected code violation, submit a completed Code Enforcement Form (PDF). If you have a question about whether or not an action violates the code, the information on this page outlines the most common infractions for your convenience.
Construction activities is only permitted during the follow times:
Fence & Retaining Walls
Planning Department approval is not required for new and reconstructed fences Section 17.4.27 of the Municipal Code. Fences within 5 feet of a street abutting property line are limited to 4 feet in height and must be visually open. Fences more than 5 feet from the front property line may be up to 6 feet in height, must be screened with landscaping and may be constructed of a solid material.
Fences may not be constructed in the public right-of-way without the approval of a revocable encroachment agreement. Because the public right-of-way is almost always wider than the paved roadway width and the pavement is not always centered in the right-of-way, a property line survey may be required. For additional information, please review Section 17.15.3 of the Municipal Code.
Protected trees cannot be removed without a Tree Removal Permit. Trees are protected if they are:
Review the Tree Ordinance Handout for additional information about tree removal.
Work Within Riparian Zones
Section 17.4.6 of the Orinda Municipal Code states that no structure may be built in the setback required for creeks, streams and watercourses unless City Engineer approval has been obtained under Municipal Code section 16.64.220.C and design review approval has been obtained under Municipal Code section 17.30.5. The City Engineer review ensures the safety of the structure and design review ensures that the site and landscape plan "retains, enhances and restores appropriate riparian vegetation." A Creek Protection Report prepared by a City retained biologist is required. A natural drainage course will be considered a creek, stream, or watercourse if an incised channel is present. If you are unsure whether the setback applies, you may request a site visit by City staff.