Community Improvement Division

Community Improvement is the prevention, detection, investigation and enforcement of violations of statutes or ordinances regulating public safety, public works, business activities, building standards, land-use, and municipal affairs to preserve the high quality of life expected by Lodi residents. 

Community Improvement Officers work in close association with the Lodi Police Department, Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments, and other local agencies to maintain high community standards and address violations of the Lodi Municipal Code. Through enforcement of these ordinances, and with community awareness and involvement, Lodi will continue to be a place everyone feels proud to call home. 

Did you know that our Community Improvement team resolves 80% of issues reported by simply educating citizens about existing laws and standards? 

What doesn't Community Improvement handle?

  • Emergency situations that threaten human life or property and demand immediate attention, Call 911
  • Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions (CC&R) violations
  • Private disputes between neighbors
  • Situations which are not specifically addressed in the Lodi Municipal Code


Common Violations

Accumulation of Junk and Rubbish

Generally, this refers to items that are broken and should be discarded. Additionally, unkempt conditions due to the accumulation of items that should be generally stored in a garage or shed could result in a call from a concerned community member.

Overgrown Grass or Weeds

Grass that is clearly exceeding 12 inches in height. Sporadic weeds and in-between mows do not constitute a nuisance or a violation of the Lodi Municipal Code.

Trees and Shrubs

Trees in the front yard must not have branches hanging lower than 10 feet to allow clearance above the public sidewalk. Trees hanging over the street require a height no lower than 13 feet to allow clearance by all vehicles.

Garbage Carts in Public View or Right-of-Way

All containers must be stored on the side of the home and behind the side yard fence. Storage on the driveway, front yard, porch, street, or sidewalk is prohibited.

Basketball Hoops

Recreational sporting equipment must be stored on private property (i.e., the driveway or front yard). Storage on the street or sidewalk is prohibited.

Inoperable Vehicles

All vehicles stored on the driveway must be complete (no missing parts or severely damaged), and in running condition.

Unmaintained Swimming Pool or Pond

If you notice a property with an unmaintained swimming pool or pond which may result to mosquito breeding, please call the San Joaquin Mosquito and Vector Control District at 1-800-300-4675 or Community Improvement at 209-333-6823.

Vehicle Parking

Also referred to as yard parking; vehicles may not be parked on front lawns or unimproved surfaces. 

Housing Violations

The housing violations Community Improvement receives reports on are primarily related to rental properties. 

Below are the most common reports we receive:

  • Lack of electricity
  • Water intrusion/leak
  • HVAC system not in working condition 


Paying Your Citation

In a continuing effort to improve customer service and streamline the payment process, the eTRAKiT Online Portal allows payments for citations with all major debit and credit cards.

An account must be set up an account before using eTRAKiT system. Instructions on how to setup an account and pay citations can be found here:

To start using the eTRAKiT Online Portal, please use the following link: eTRAKiT Online Portal

This system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Improvement Division at (209) 333-6823 or by contacting the issuing Community Improvement Officer directly.

  Frequently Asked Questions 


Reporting a Violation

The City of Lodi strives to maintain a high quality of life for our residents and businesses, all consistent with state and local law.  If you suspect a violation, you can report it to the City for investigation through any of the following contacts:

Disclaimer: This information is provided here is for general information purposes only and to permit you to learn more about this topic.  The information presented is not legal advice or representation from the City, is not to be acted or relied upon as such, may not be current in light of changing laws, and is subject to change without notice.  The City encourages you to conduct your own independent research and analysis into the topics addressed herein.  If you have any questions concerning this topic, the City encourages you to seek legal advice from an attorney of your choosing. The City Attorney’s Office represents City officials and staff and cannot provide private legal advice to private individuals or entities.