Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Unit of the Indio Police Department works in partnership with the citizens and businesses of Indio to promote and maintain a safe and pleasing environment to live, work and visit. This is achieved through community involvement, education and enforcement of State and Municipal Laws and regulations.

Code Enforcement administers an enforcement program that investigates and corrects violations of the Indio Municipal Code along with various state codes. These laws, regulations, and codes govern the use and maintenance of residential and commercial properties and businesses. Code Enforcement also investigates and conducts inspections involving entertainment permits, inoperative vehicles, blight and nuisances, vector control, weed abatement, unsafe and unpermitted construction and conversions and illegal dumping.

What are common violations?

Entertainment Violations – All business and establishments located within the City of Indio which provides live music or dancing are required to obtain an entertainment permit from the Indio Police Department. These permits outline and govern all aspects of the entertainment and business, including operating hours, number of patrons, number and type of security officers, parking and other specific restrictions placed on the establishment.

Vehicles – Vehicles can only be parked on the street or in public view for 72 consecutive hours. Vehicles on public and private property must have current California registration and be operational. Inoperative or unlicensed vehicles must be placed inside of garage or out of public view. Vehicles parked in rear yards must be parked on an approved concrete surface.

Parking in Yards – Vehicles cannot be parked grass, dirt or rocks. Additionally, vehicles cannot be parked on pavers, stones and any other non-approved surface. Vehicle may only be parked on your driveway or other approved parking surfaces. Vehicle parked in public view must have current California registration and be operational.

Landscaping – Landscaping must be continually maintained in a healthy and viable condition. This includes watering when appropriate, mowing and maintaining on a regular basis, over-seeding when required, pruning all trees and hedges and maintain all flowers and other vegetation.

Vacant Lots – Vacant lots must be kept free from trash, debris, overgrown and dry vegetation.
Trashcans – Trash containers must be stored out of public view in a side or rear yard or inside your garage, except for 24 hours before and after you trash pickup day.

Trash and debris – All trash, debris, lumber, equipment, furniture, appliances and other items cannot be stored in public view or in a place or condition that would constitute a health or safety hazard.

Unsecured and Abandoned Pools - Any swimming pool, spa or body of water must be kept in a secured location and be fully maintained to prevent green or polluted water.

What is not a Violation?
Code Enforcement does not handle neighbor disputed or civil problems involving one party against another. Examples of a civil issue are:

  • Fencing repairs
  • Damaging of a neighbors fence or house
  • Overhanging tree branches
  • Dropping of leaves or branches into a neighbors pool or yard
  • Over-watering of lawns or flowerbeds
  • Violations of a homeowner’s association rule or CC&R.