Code Compliance Unit
The Code Compliance Unit was created to address community concerns regarding property clean up and code enforcement. The Code Compliance unit addresses and investigates concerns regarding housing/building code violations, weed abatement, vehicle abandonment, and other community wellness issues.
The Code Compliance Unit assists the Building and Planning Divisions and Fire Department with addressing and investigating municipal code violations, such as housing/building code violations, as well as coordinating the annual weed abatement program, working closely with Fire. The Code Compliance Unit will also be responsible for taking the lead on abandoned vehicle abatement and other nuisance abatement issues. The Winters City Council adopted Resolution 2022-04 which added Sections 8.24.130-8.24.150 to Chapter 8.24 of Title 8 of the Winters Municipal Code relating to Social Host liability and administrative citations for the use of illegal fireworks. The Firework Social Host Ordinance includes up to a $1000 fine for the discharge of illegal fireworks.
While the primary goal of the Code Compliance Unit is to gain voluntary compliance regarding code complaints through an education-based approach, unabated violations may be subject to fines. Fines regarding code compliance are established in California Government Code § 36900 and was adopted by the Winters City Council on January 17, 2023.
Code Compliance Service Requests
Additional information regarding the specific types of nuisance abatement concerns addressed by the Code Compliance Unit can be found in Chapter 19 of the City of Winters Municipal Code.
For noise complaints regarding people, music, machinery, and/or vehicles, please dial our 24/7 non-emergency dispatch number at 530-795-4561 (you can remain anonymous).
For Animal Control Complaints (barking dogs, animals off-leash, animal bites, etc), please visit Yolo County Animal Control for information regarding animal investigations and protocols.
To file a concern/complaint with the Code Compliance Unit, please fill out a Code Compliance form. Completed forms are automatically emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org for investigation. Paper copies of Code Compliance Service Requests can also be accepted by mail at Winters Police Department ATTN: Code Compliance Unit 702 Main Street Winters, CA 95694, or in person at the Winters Police Department front lobby (lobby hours are Monday-Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm, excluding weekends and holidays).