Q. There is a construction project underway adjacent to my
property that is generating noise and dust. What can I do?
A. Concerns regarding noise and dust associated with
construction on public property should be referred to the Public
Works Construction Manager at (714) 536-5431. If the
construction appears to be taking place on private property, you
should call the Building and Safety Department at (714)
Q. Where can I get City Events Information
Huntington Beach Events
For information about concerts at Pier Plaza contact the Pier
Plaza Hotline at 714-374-1657 or Community Services at
For information about obtaining a permit to organize a
special event on public property contact Community
Services at 714-536-5486
Music in the Park Series Information - Art Center 536-5258
Fourth of July Parade and Celebration contact Community
Services at 714-536-5486.
Q. Where can I get an equipment citation signed off?
A. Equipment violations can be signed off at the Traffic Bureau
between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Our Department will sign off a citation issued by Huntington
Beach Police Officers or citations issued by another department
if the violator is a Huntington Beach resident. Citations issued
by another city or for non-residents require a $10.00 fee.
FLOOD ZONE INFORMATION
Q. What is the flood zone designation for my property?
A. To find out if your property is in a flood zone, please call
the Planning Department at 536-5271. You may also view the flood
map on the 3rd floor of City Hall during regular business hours.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has an excellent
website with maps and further information
Q. Do I have to pay for flood insurance?
Your lender determines whether or not you need flood insurance.
Federal law requires property owners who are being assisted by
federal programs or federally regulated institutions to buy
flood insurance for properties in a floodplain. A flood
insurance policy may be purchased from any licensed property
insurance agent or broker.
Q. What number should I call for graffiti Removal?
A. For graffiti removal on city property only, please call the
Public Work Department at 714/960-8861.
Q. Where can I take hazardous materials, such as old
paint, cleaning products, oil, and auto fluides?
A. You may take items such as the above to the Orange County
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center located at Rainbow
Disposal, 1712 Nichols St., Huntington Beach. For mor
information, please call 714 834 6752.
HOME PURCHASE - PROGRAM ASSISTANCE
Q. Does the city have a first-time homebuyers or down
payment assistance program?
A. The city does not have either a first-time homebuyers or down
payment assistance loan program. There are some countywide
programs in place and informational flyers are available in the
Economic Development Department or by calling (714) 536-5542.
Q. I can't afford to buy a home in HB. Does the city have
a program to help?
A. The city's Inclusionary Housing Program is available to help
eligible homebuyers. Houses sold through this program are
identified as "affordable" and are restricted to low, median,
and moderate-income buyers. Throughout the city, there are
several hundred homes (condos, town homes, and detached houses)
currently priced from around $200,000 to the high $300,000's,
depending on the size, type, and location of the home. When any
of these homes are sold, they must be sold to an eligible buyer
and their price must be sold under the affordable housing
requirements. Detailed information about the Inclusionary
Housing program may be obtained on the city's website, "Economic
Development Department," then "Housing."
Q. How can I find out when these "affordable" houses are
listed for sale?HOUSING
A. Homes become available when a homeowner decides to sell or
when new affordable developments are built. These homes are
listed and sold through realtors, not through the City. The city
only has information on "affordable homes" for sale under the
Inclusionary Housing Program. Again, if you're interested in
this program, you can obtain a current listing by contacting
Economic Development at (714) 536-5542.
Q. I own an "affordable home," and I want to sell. What do
I need to do?
A. You will need to get an Inclusionary Housing Program packet
and submit the "Request for Sales Price Determination" form to
the city. It is your responsibility to have the city calculate
your maximum affordable sales price before executing a sales
agreement with a potential buyer. It is also your responsibility
to find an income-eligible buyer and to have that buyer approved
by the city. Any sale of an affordable home that has not gone
through these steps will not be allowed.
Q. I own an "affordable" home, and I want to refinance my
mortgage/get an equity line of credit on my home. What do I need
A. The city has limits on the amount of debt allowed on
Inclusionary Housing Program homes. If you are refinancing to
obtain better loan terms, and you are not taking any cash out,
your refinance will be allowed. You should have your lender or
escrow company call for an application. If you are planning on
refinancing in order to take cash out or if you intend to place
an additional loan on your home, you need to confirm if your
proposed new loan(s) fall within the allowable debt limits.
Q. I'm behind in my mortgage payments and I am about to
lose my house. Can the City help me?
The city does not have an emergency mortgage assistance program.
Q. Does the City have funds available for a housing
rehabilitation loan to do home improvements to my (1) mobile
home? (2) single-family home?
A. The City does have a rehabilitation loan program available
for home improvement loans; however, there are median income
requirements to meet. Informational flyers are available in the
Economic Development Dept. or you can call (714) 536-5542.
Information about the City's rehabilitation loan program is
available on the city's website, under Economic Development
Department, then "Housing, " then "Housing Rehabilitation Loan
For further questions regarding the Housing Rehabilitation
Loan Program, please contact (714) 536-5542.
Q. When do I need a building inspection?
A. Inspection is required for all work authorized by a building,
electric, plumbing, mechanical or swimming pool permit. Small
projects such as water heater and furnace replacements may only
require a single inspection while larger projects such as
additions and new buildings require several in progress
inspections. The inspection record card identifies when
inspection is required for the various phases of work on a
Q. How do I request an inspection?
A. The city uses an automated inspection request system, which
may be accessed by calling 536-5241, ext. 1. In order to
schedule an inspection, you will need to know:
1. Permit number
2. Job address
3. Type of inspection to be scheduled (building, plumbing,
mechanical, electrical, or fire).
Q. How quickly can I schedule an inspection?
A. Inspections scheduled before 4:30 PM of any working day are
normally performed on the next regularly scheduled workday. At
the conclusion of an inspection, the inspector will record an
approval and date on the inspection record card or will leave a
written correction notice indicating the items that must be
Q. How can I speak directly to an Inspector in person?
A. Inspectors are available to answer code questions or discuss
inspection matters by telephone or at the 3rd Floor Building
counter between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and between 4:00 PM and 4:30
PM, Monday through Friday. You may also call 536-5241, ext. 0,
or a listing of all inspectors and their extensions.
Q. What if I'm not sure when to schedule an inspection?
A. If you have any questions regarding when your project must be
inspected or if you need help in scheduling an inspection,
please refer to 536-5241, ext 0.