Common Code Violations

Over the years, the City of Patterson has adopted various codes and ordinances to create and maintain a healthy, safe, and pleasant community in which to live, work, and play. Some codes and ordinances were adopted in response to health and safety concerns while others were designed to help maintain the appearance of residential neighborhoods.
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The following are some common code violations:
  • Building Code violations such as construction without permits; including but not limited to room additions, garage conversions, construction of patio covers, re-roofs, electrical, plumbing and mechanical improvements such as water heater installations and HVAC installations.
  • Accumulation of junk and debris in public view in residential and commercial areas.
  • Unpermitted businesses in residential neighborhoods.
  • Inoperable or abandoned vehicles on private property.
  • Zoning  violations for structures and land use requirements, including the use of the structure, size and location.
  • Hazardous and overgrown vegetation which can be a fire hazard.
  • Vacant and unsecured properties.
  • Parking violations on unimproved surfaces such as landscaped areas.
  • Commercial tenant improvements without permits; including but not limited to installation of interior walls or additions and electrical, plumbing and mechanical improvements such as water heater installations and HVAC installations.
Although it is a goal of the City to be responsive to the needs of the residents of our community, there are some neighborhood issues that are not addressed by any adopted codes or do not fall under our jurisdiction.

The following are not enforced by Code Enforcement as they are considered civil issues for which the City has no jurisdiction: 
  • Property line disputes;
  • Trees (roots or branches) on private property that overhang or encroach upon a neighboring private property, or cause damage to a neighboring private property; and
  • Neighbor disputes or civil disputes that do not violate adopted codes; or
  • Situations which are not specifically address in the Patterson Municipal Code.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding City code violations, please call 209-895-8038 or e-mail us at, and one of our staff members will assist you.