City’s Municipal Code is comprised of adopted legislative actions to be enforced for the betterment of public safety and peace. The Codes below are a few frequently requested codes by the public. You may visit the City’s Municipal Code database to view in its entirety.

Chapter 6.04 REGULATION OF FILMING, TELECASTING AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHY: The purpose of this chapter is to create an environment conducive to commercial filming, telecasting, and still photography activity while also ensuring the health, safety, peace and welfare of the community through the appropriate regulation.

Chapter 6.16 BUSINESS CODE—LICENSE REGULATIONS: No person shall engage in any business for which a business license is required without having taken out the proper license as prescribed in the business code and without complying with all regulations applicable to the business.

Chapter 6.07 TOBACCO RETAIL LICENSING: It is unlawful for any person to act as a tobacco retailer in the city without first obtaining and maintaining a valid tobacco retailer’s license pursuant to this chapter for each location at which such activity is to occur. Tobacco retailing without a valid tobacco retailer’s license shall constitute a nuisance as a matter of law.

Chapter 6.06 SOLICITATIONS: No person shall solicit for any purpose within the city of La Cañada Flintridge without having first obtained.

Chapter 4.05 REGULATION OF PARADES AND SPECIAL EVENTS: No person shall engage in or conduct any parade or special event unless a permit is issued by the city manager or designee. No permit shall be issued authorizing the conduct of a parade or special event which the city manager or designee determines is to be held solely for the purpose of advertising any product, goods, wares, merchandise or that is being conducted purely for private profit-making purposes.

Chapter 4.70 DRONES: The purpose of this chapter is to reasonably regulate the use of drones, as defined in Section 4.70.020, during city-sponsored community events, as defined in Section 4.70.020, at Memorial Park in order to protect the public peace, health and safety of those attending the events.

Chapter 5.24 USE OF PARK/DESIGNATED RECREATIONAL FACILITIES: The purpose of this chapter is to govern the use of public parks and recreations facilities.

5.24.020 USE OF PARK/DESIGNATED RECREATION FACILITIES: Commercial use prohibited: It is unlawful for any person to use any park/designated recreational facility for commercial use, except as permitted in Chapter 5.15.

5.24.026 Inflatable jumpers at Mayors’ Discovery Park prohibited: No person(s) shall locate, install, inflate or otherwise use an inflatable jumper at Mayors’ Discovery Park.

5.24.055 Prohibit Use of Park/Recreational Facilities During Closures: No person(s) shall, without the express written permission by the City, enter or use any park/recreations facility during any closures.

Chapter 11.40 PRESERVATION AND PROTECTION OF DESIGNATED TREES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: Protected trees on any R-1 zoned property include any of the following trees having a diameter of 12 inches or greater at 54 inches above natural grade: Coast Live Oak, Interior Live Oak, Canyon Live Oak, Scrub Oak, Coastal Scrub Oak, Valley Oak, Mesa Oak, and California Sycamore Tree and any Deodar Cedar Tree on property located in the R-1 zone that has a diameter of 12 inches or greater at 54 inches above natural grade, that has a trunk which is partially or wholly within 20 feet of any curb or edge of pavement, and that is located within the Historic Deodar District (Alta Canyada Road (North of Alta Park Lane), Bonita Vista Drive, Bubbling Well Lane, Del Oro Drive, Earl Drive, Earlmont Avenue, El Vago Street (West of Indian Drive), Fairmount Avenue, Hacienda Drive, Hillard Avenue, Jarvis Avenue, Linda Vista Drive, Louise Drive, and Palm Drive (North of Fairmount Avenue).

Protected trees in any non-R-1 zone include any species of tree greater than 5 feet in height, except city-owned or controlled property.

Chapter 4.24 TREES IN THE PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY: Trees in the public right of way are considered protected trees.  Removal or damaging such trees is prohibited.

Section 11.11.050 R-1 ZONE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: All fences and walls over 42-inches in height require a Building Permit. The owners of properties adjacent to any proposed property line fence or freestanding wall shall be notified by the City prior to the issuance of a Building Permit. The property line shall be marked in the field, identified on a survey prepared by a licensed surveyor. An exception to the survey requirement may be granted upon City receipt of a written acceptance (including printed name, signature, and contact information) on the site plan of the fence/wall location by the owners of the properties adjacent to the fence/wall.

Section 11.11.050 R-1 ZONE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: Pool construction shall be set back from the outer trunk circumference of ANY tree off the subject property, regardless of species, and from any tree on the subject property identified as protected by the City’s tree ordinance (3.5 times the truck diameter at 54-inches above natural grade, with a maximum of 15-feet).

Section 11.11.050 R-1 ZONE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: A structure involving demolition of more than 30 percent of the existing floor area or removal of more than 30 percent of solid roofed area shall be considered “new” and shall comply with current development standards. 

Section 11.11.050.E.12 R-1 ZONE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: Tall shrubbery located on private property exceeding 42-inches in height within 20 feet of the street curb or edge of pavement shall be referred to the Public Works Department for a line-of-sight public safety review and approval. If the shrubbery has been determined to be a safety hazard by the city traffic engineer, the property owner shall be required to reduce the height of the shrub(s).

Section 11.11.050.E.13 R-1 ZONE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS: Within the front yard, a minimum of fifty (50) percent of the land area shall be maintained with landscaping. For the purposes of this section, “front yard” means the area forward of the primary structure. Paving which incorporates planting cells shall be counted toward the requirement with the exclusion of the hard surface, and parking on such composite planted paving shall not be allowed within the front yard.

Chapter 11.35 HILLSIDE DEVELOPMENT: City Hillside Development Permit approval is required of any project requiring a building permit on a hillside lot (any lot or parcel residentially zoned and in residential use that has an average slope of 15 percent or greater.)