Comprehensive Code Enforcement

Enforcing municipal codes and ordinances isn’t about generating fines or jail time — it’s about improving the quality of life for citizens in the community. Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Comprehensive Code Enforcement team consists of seasoned prosecutors who know how to efficiently handle complex and politically sensitive issues cities face as they address the nuisances that impact public health and safety. We work closely with city enforcement teams to provide clients with effective yet cost-efficient options to achieve compliance with local rules around everything from dangerous and dilapidated property to massage parlors and marijuana dispensaries.
BB&K’s Code Enforcement team includes attorneys who have worked on both sides of the process: prosecuting offenders while working in-house in local prosecution offices and representing the accused. With backgrounds in public policy, public affairs and even the private sector, the team brings a diverse perspective and creative solutions to code enforcement challenges.

Comprehensive Service
BB&K’s Code Enforcement team assists cities and public agencies with all aspects of code compliance and enforcement prosecution, including:

  • Abatement and inspection warrants, including demolition of buildings
  • Administrative citations, fines and appeal proceedings
  • Cannabis-related issues
  • Civil litigation, writ proceedings and appeals
  • Criminal prosecutions
  • Drafting, interpretation and enforcement of ordinances, policies and regulations
  • Graffiti abatement
  • Massage parlor abatements
  • Nuisance abatement actions and pursuit of liens and assessments
  • Permitting and license revocations
  • Receiverships
  • Staff training

Unrivaled Experience 
As a full-service law firm with a focus on the representation of public entities, we offer unrivaled experience in addressing all of our clients’ needs. Our team provides pre-litigation general counsel advice, serves as city prosecutor in misdemeanor prosecutions, obtains civil remedies, such as injunctions and receiver appointments, and represents clients in administrative hearings and in courts at all levels. The Code Enforcement team collaborates closely with BB&K attorneys in other practice areas, such as its Police & Public Safety, Environmental Law & Natural Resources and ARC: Advanced Records Center to address related issues that may arise.

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Water
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety
Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Municipal Law | Police & Public Safety
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 08, 2021

Sidewalk Vending Laws: Three Lessons Learned

BB&K Attorney Albert Maldonado Shares Insights from Helping Cities with Sidewalk Vendor Laws

Press Releases Jan 04, 2021

New Partner, Leaders and Diversity Committee

BB&K Announces Changes for 2021

Legal Alerts Sep 17, 2020

An Extraordinary Smackdown of an Ordinary Sign Ordinance

Court Invalidates Common Sign Ordinance on First Amendment Grounds

BB&K Webinar Sep 08, 2020

Clearing the Haze: Demystifying Cannabis Code Enforcement

BB&K Free Webinar

Authored Articles & Publications Aug 10, 2020

COVID-19 and Face Masks: Local Enforcement Tools

In PublicCEO, BB&K's Lauren Langer and Kathy Shin Discuss Ways California Cities Are Enforcing Face Covering Requirements

Authored Articles & Publications Jun 18, 2020

Enforcing Local Health and Safety Laws

BB&K's Denise Grimes and Brandon Sanchez Discuss Code Enforcement Remedies in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Jun 08, 2020

Law Enforcement Can’t Use an Administrative Search Warrant in Ongoing Criminal Investigation

Ninth Circuit Affirms Motion to Suppress Evidence Seized by Deputies Assisting Code Enforcement Officers

Legal Alerts Jun 04, 2020

Jurisdiction Over CPRA Cases Not Limited to Courts in the County Where Records are Situated

A California Appellate Court Draws a Distinction between the Power of a Court to Rule —“Jurisdiction”— and the Proper Place for a CPRA Suit —“Venue”

Legal Alerts Jun 01, 2020

$6 Million Fine for Trustee Who Knowingly Allowed Illegal Cannabis Dispensaries on Property Owned by Trust

California Appellate Court Says Trustee Can be Held Personally Liable

BB&K Webinar May 19, 2020

The Code Enforcement Toolbox: Keeping Cities Safe & Habitable

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Apr 22, 2020

City Can’t Immediately Seize and Destroy “Bulky” Items Belonging to the Homeless Without a Warrant or Notice

Los Angeles Blocked From Enforcing Ordinance Allowing for the Immediate Seizure and Destruction of Large Personal Property Stored in Public

Legal Alerts Apr 07, 2020

New Court Rules During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bail, Evictions, Remote Hearings and Depositions and Statutes of Limitation Rule Changes

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 12, 2020

PublicCEO: BB&K Municipal Law Team Discusses New Public Agency Laws - Part 1

Elections, Public Safety, Surplus Funds and More

Legal Alerts Jan 07, 2020

New Election, Conflict of Interest, Firearm and Cannabis Laws

Part 1: California Laws Impacting Public Agencies for 2020

Press Releases Jan 02, 2020

Eight BB&K Attorneys Promoted to Partner

Additional Changes at Firm Reflect Growth, Diversification

Videos Nov 20, 2019

[WEBINAR] Clearing the Smoke: 3 Years of Legal Cannabis in California

BB&K Webinar

Legal Alerts Oct 17, 2019

Red-Flag Law Expands

California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order Law Bolstered by Newly Signed Bills

Legal Alerts Jul 31, 2019

City’s Ability to Keep Firearms Away From Dangerous Individuals Affirmed

Ninth Circuit Determines City Did Not Have to Return guns to Wife Because Husband Posed Threat

Press Releases Apr 24, 2019

BB&K’s Christi Hogin and Andre Monette Honored for Amicus Work by IMLA

The Attorneys Argued About Short-Term Rentals and the Clean Water Act in the Ninth Circuit

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 26, 2019

Gun Violence Restraining Orders

A Valuable, Rarely Used Tool Against Violence, Writes Denise Grimes in PublicCEO

Legal Alerts Mar 25, 2019

Simultaneous Federal and State Court Actions on Code Violations?

Ninth Circuit Says Yes… In Rare Instances

Event Mar 14, 2019

CAALAC 2019 Biennial Retreat

City Attorneys Association of Los Angeles County

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 08, 2019

Open Secrets: Police Records and the PRA

BB&K’s Christine Wood and Alexander Brand Go In-Depth on SB 1421 in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine

Legal Alerts Jan 23, 2019

New California Cannabis Regulations Approved

OAL Approves Cannabis Delivery and Other Regulations

Press Releases Dec 19, 2018

Cities’ Struggles to Meet Obligations Are Real — BB&K Municipal Law Team Grows to Help

New and Expanded Services and More Attorneys and Staff Added in 2018

Press Releases Oct 01, 2018

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Testifies Before Congress on Sober Living Home Regulations

Expresses Need for Local Regulation of Recovery Businesses

Legal Alerts Sep 12, 2018

Code Enforcement Changes in California

Three Bills Signed, More Potentially on the Horizon

Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana Regulations Limit Local Authority

Event Jun 26, 2018

Marijuana Policy Updates

IMLA Webinar

Event Jun 20, 2018

Short-Term Rental Task Force Meeting

South Bay Cities Council of Governments

Press Releases Jun 07, 2018

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged Again for Practice Achievements

Press Releases May 17, 2018

Victoria Hester Earns Spot on Top 40 Under 40 List

San Diego Daily Transcript Recognizes the Area’s Young Professionals

Press Releases Apr 02, 2018

Jenkins & Hogin Joins Forces with Best Best & Krieger

Combination Creates Municipal Law Powerhouse Committed to Public Service

Event Mar 08, 2018

Sober Living Facilities

IMLA Webinar

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 01, 2018

New Laws Part II: 2018 Ushers in Changes to Land-Use, Development Laws


Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III

Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

Legal Alerts Jan 11, 2018

New Fed Cannabis Policy Hits California Local Government

Potential Fiscal Impacts and Confusion

Legal Alerts Jan 10, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II

Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic Development

Event Oct 19, 2017

26th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite

State Bar of California Environmental Law Section

Event Oct 13, 2017

Cannabis Law Forum

2017 CMRTA Annual Conference

Oct 05, 2017

[WEBINAR] So You Want to Regulate Marijuana in Your Community

BB&K Municipal Law Webinar Series

Authored Articles & Publications Sep 28, 2017

Town vs. Gown

How Land Use and Environmental Laws Mediate Disputes Between Universities, Colleges and Communities

Legal Alerts Sep 27, 2017

CEQA Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing under MAUCRSA

Proposal Open to Comments

Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2017

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes

Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately

Legal Alerts Aug 23, 2017

City’s On-site and Off-site Business Signs Distinction Upheld

Ninth Circuit Says Code is Proper Regulation of Commercial Speech

Legal Alerts Aug 18, 2017

Fire Protection Districts' Authority to Enforce State Fire Marshal Standards and Regulations Reiterated in California AG Opinion

Local Agencies’ Broad Authority Emphasized

BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2017

Why Some California Counties Are Saying No to Commercial Cannabis

Cities Have Options Under the Law, Partner Jeffrey Dunn Told The Recorder

Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2017

Ninth Circuit Panel Rejects Challenges to a California City’s Misleading Commercial Speech Ordinance

Local Governments’ Authority to Regulate for False Advertising Affirmed

Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2017

New California Law Simplifies and Harmonizes Medical and Recreational Cannabis Regulations

Bill Collapses Two into One Regulatory Scheme

Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2017

CEQA Review of Cannabis Regulations

Comment Period Opens on Draft Program Environmental Impact Report of MCRSA and AUMA

Event May 04, 2017

Medical & Recreational Marijuana in California

County Counsels’ Association of California

Apr 27, 2017

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Webinar on Short-Term Vacation Rentals Like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey

BB&K Event Apr 27, 2017

Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Free Webinar

Authored Articles & Publications Mar 28, 2017

Solving the Problem of the Unchecked Rise of Short-Term Rentals

By Mark A. Easter, Joshua Nelson and Todd R. Leishman

Feb 02, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies

Third in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

Jan 26, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution

Second in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

Jan 19, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies

First in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

BB&K Event Jan 19, 2017

From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire-Traps: How to Deal with Dangerous Dwellings in Your City

Free Three-Part Webinar Series: Jan. 19., Jan. 26 and Feb. 2

Jan 12, 2017

[WEBINAR] Prop. 64: Taxing Marijuana Businesses

Third Webinar Jan. 12: Taxing Marijuana Businesses - Local Gov’t Authority, Limits and Possible Implications

Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2016

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

Laws Passed in 2016 That Will Impact Public Agency Work

Legal Alerts Dec 14, 2016

Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Taxes May be Limited by Ruling

Online Booking Rates Addressed by California Supreme Court

Dec 01, 2016

[WEBINAR] Prop 64: The Basics

Cultivating New Regulations and Confronting New Challenges Presented By Marijuana Legalization

Videos Nov 22, 2016

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio


Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio


Legal Alerts Nov 17, 2016

Marijuana Legalization Creates New Challenges and Choices for Local Governments in California

Regulators Should Act to Ensure Communities are Prepared for Recreational Uses

Legal Alerts Nov 08, 2016

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds

BB&K In the News Sep 12, 2016

Cities Mull Means to Smoke Out Tax Revenue from Recreational Weed

BB&K Partner Jeffrey Dunn Speaks with L.A. Business Journal on Prop. 64

BB&K In the News Aug 24, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Mobile Ads in Los Angeles, Other California Cities

BB&K Attorney Victoria Hester Discusses Ruling with Legal Newsline

Legal Alerts Jul 13, 2016

Ninth Circuit Upholds Cities’ Regulation of Mobile Billboards

Ordinances Declared Content-Neutral

Press Releases Apr 26, 2016

BB&K Attorney Todd Leishman Honored by IMLA for Amicus Brief in Billboard Ban Case

California Appellate Court Sided with City in Victory for Local Governments

Legal Alerts Feb 01, 2016

City Ordinance Banning New Outdoor Billboards, but Authorizing Relocated Ones, Upheld by California Court

Authorizing Relocated Ones Upheld by Court; Constitutional Challenges Rejected; Injunction Order to Remove Billboard Affirmed

Legal Alerts Jul 02, 2015

Arizona Town’s Content-Based Sign Rules Struck Down by U.S. Supreme Court

Local Agencies Urged to Review Sign Codes in Favor of Content-Neutral Rules

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