Atwater Village Municipal Fines and Fees

Parking fees in Atwater Village

Special notice: the following fines are relaxed or removed due to Covid-19:

  • Street cleaning (residential)
  • Expired registration
  • Abandoned vehicles and overnight parking
  • Recently expired parking permits (residential) (2-week grace period)

Am I responsible for utility poles on or near my property line?

Utility poles are owned by electric and utility companies and reside in the public right-of-way. Poles hold lines for private utility companies including internet service, as well as electric from SCE.

If a tree on or near your property is interupting telephone, cable, or power lines on or near your property, you can call the following numbers:

  • General questions about vegetation near power lines: 800-655-4555
  • Objects stuck on lines: 1-800-611-1911
  • Electric outages: 1-800-611-1911

You can call 311 if you’re digging near a line, or call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.

Native plant and tree fines

Los Angeles has native tree protections in place for specied including:

  • Oak trees including Valley Oak (Quercus lobata) and California Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)
  • Any tree of the oak genus indigenous to California but excluding the Scrub Oak (Quercus dumosa)
  • Southern California Black Walnut (Juglans californica var. californica)
  • Western Sycamore (Platanus racemosa)
  • California Bay (Umbellularia californica).

In 2007, a couple in Glendale was fined $347,600 for pruning a line of protected trees adjacent to their property. This incident caused quite a stir and was covered by local media including the LA Times. After the incident, the fine was dropped, and the policies around fines for arbory errors have become much more relaxed.

In general, fines about native plants and the local environment exist to discourage blatant disregard for the community from developers and contractors. In practice, if you can show the municipal authorities that a violation was made in error and in good faith, fees will generally be dropped.