Code Enforcement

The mission of Code Enforcement is to enhance safety, quality of life, and civic pride in partnership with the Fremont community.

This mission is achieved by responding to citizen complaints, proactively seeking out violations of the Fremont Municipal Code, and working to solve those problems in a swift and fair manner.

**Important Notices**

Development Services Center Closed March 16 to April 7, 2020

Effective Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, most City of Fremont facilities will be closed to the public, including the Development Services Center located at 39550 Liberty Street in Fremont. The Development Services Center is the City's one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving permit applications and construction documents for all types of projects. During this closure, the City will not be processing permits.

The health and safety of the Fremont community is the City’s number one priority as we continue to monitor the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The City is implementing these temporary precautionary changes to non-essential City operations to protect City employees and the public who use City services by limiting person-to-person contact.

If you have scheduled business with the Development Services Center (building inspections, plan check appointments, etc.) you will be contacted by City staff. Staff will also be available by phone or email to provide assistance and answer questions. Please see the contact information below.

  • Building Inspection: 510-494-4400 or email
  • Code Enforcement: 510-494-4430 or email
  • Development Services Center: 510-494-4443 or email
  • Housing: 510-494-4500 or email
  • Planning: 510-494-4440 or email
  • Plans and Permits: 510-494-4460 or email
  • Sustainability: email
Further updates regarding service delivery will be announced over the following days as additional information is available.

The City continues to work closely with Alameda County Public Health Department to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For more information and updates, please visit the City's Coronavirus webpage.

Abandoned Shopping Carts
For stray shopping carts in your area, view our Contact List of Retrieval Companies and call the company to report the exact location and the name of the retailer on the cart. If the retailer is not on the list, contact the retailer directly.

Fence Boundaries
For fence boundaries, refer to the Good Neighbor Fence Act which states that neighbors are equally responsible to maintain the boundaries between their properties. 

*NEW* Code Enforcement Brochure

Code Enforcement Brochure
Real Estate Signage
View our Guide to Real Estate Signage to learn about the City's guidelines for displaying real estate signs without a permit.

Election Signage
View our Guide to Election Signage to learn about the City's guidelines for displaying election signs.

Types of Code Violations

To report a code violation or make a complaint, complete an online form
or call Code Enforcement at 510-494-4430. 
Blighted Properties
Report a property in violation of Fremont Municipal Code §8.60.040. This includes accumulation of garbage or debris, overgrown trees that obstruct the public's right-of-way, and fences with broken boards.
Dangerous or Unsafe Buildings
Report a vacant home that is being accessed by unauthorized persons or a vacant building where the landscaping is not being maintained.
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Residential Auto Repair
If you see vehicle repair occurring in a residential location, you can report it. Fremont Municipal Code §18.190.580 restricts certain types of vehicle repair in residential locations. 
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Unsafe or Unsanitary Homes
Report a home that is not in compliance with the minimum safety standards within the California Health and Safety Code.
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Code Enforcement Timeline

To find out what happens after you submit a concern, please review our Code Enforcement Timeline infographic below.
Code Enforcement Timeline