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CODE ENFORCEMENT <br />PURPOSE <br />K -9 <br />The City of Newport Beach devotes substantial resources to the enforcement of <br />Building and Zoning Ordinances. Building and Zoning Ordinances are <br />intended to protect and preserve public health and safety, the charm of our <br />residential neighborhoods, and the overall quality of life enjoyed by Newport <br />Beach residents. The City Council understands the importance of enforcing <br />Building and Zoning Ordinances and is committed to do so. However, <br />enforcement of these Ordinances affects the rights of those citizens who are the <br />subject of complaints or enforcement action. Accordingly, the City Council <br />directs that all code enforcement activity shall be conducted in accordance with <br />the following: <br />1. The City shall not initiate any formal code enforcement action based <br />solely on an anonymous complaint; <br />2. Requests for inspections of private property not open to the general public <br />or not visible from adjoining public or private property shall not be made <br />unless there is sufficient evidence to support the issuance of an inspection <br />warrant for the property that is the subject of the request; <br />3. Code enforcement complaints shall be made on forms supplied by the <br />City which identify the complainant, specify the facts, acts, events and <br />occurrences which establish the violation and describe any documentation <br />which would establish a violation; <br />4. The City considers written code enforcement complaints to be <br />confidential. The City will use its best efforts to preserve the <br />confidentiality of any complaint with the understanding that the City will <br />be required to disclose the identity of the complainant to the extent <br />necessary to obtain an inspection warrant; and <br />5. All code enforcement activities, including investigative property <br />inspections, requests for consent to inspect, and related activities shall be <br />conducted such that the civil rights of the individual or individuals who <br />are the subject of the investigation are fully protected.