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If you believe the Town is responsible for any personal injuries or property damage, you must file a claim form (PDF) with the Town. Generally, this form must be filed with the Town within six months of the alleged incident.
The City Attorney can discuss legal issues pertaining to Town ordinances, Town Council or Planning Commission agenda items or other Town-related questions. However, the City Attorney is not permitted to give legal advice to private citizens on personal matters. The following is a partial list of resources for residents with legal questions:
The Town's Municipal Code is available in an electronic format online. Further information on the code and how the Town's enforcement is carried out can be found on the Code Enforcement Page.
A code violation is a condition tending to:
To respond to these conditions, the Town has adopted various codes and ordinances that help to ensure a clean and safe environment. Any non-compliance with the Town of Danville Municipal Code is considered to be a code violation. Some suspected violations are actually permitted activities.
There are some conditions or neighborhood issues that are not considered violations of the Danville Municipal Code. These conditions or neighborhood issues do not fall under Code Enforcement for enforcement. Code Enforcement does not enforce issues between residents that are civil in nature and does not enforce Covenants, Codes and Restrictions (CC&Rs). CC&Rs are a private agreement between property owners and are commonly enforced by the residential Homeowners' Association (HOA) or property management company.
The Town recommends that neighbors try to communicate with each other to work out their disputes. Neighbor Law, by Cora Jordan, is a resource that can help when researching tips and advice on how to resolve and restore good neighborhood relations. If the matter cannot be resolved through communication, the parties may choose to use the services of mediation or a civil court process.
You should contact Code Enforcement to discuss the possible violation. The Town is looking for voluntary compliance and is willing to work with you to resolve the issue.
Citations begin at $100 and may increase to $500 per day that the violation persists. Most violations are resolved prior to the imposition of a citation.
The allowable hours to operate or perform construction or repair work (which creates noise) within or adjacent to a residential land use district are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Code Enforcement can work with the property owner to clean up parts of their property. Code Enforcement works with property owners and tenants to remove or screen from public view inoperable vehicles, recreational vehicles, and junk on their property. The Town does not enforce the general maintenance of front yards such as tall weeds and dead lawns. If you live in an area with a Homeowners' Association (HOA), you may contact the HOA to see if they have more stringent regulations than the Town.
Parking Enforcement enforces inoperable vehicles and recreational vehicles illegally parked on the public right-of-way.
The Town does not have the authority to require a property owner to trim or remove any of their vegetation unless it encroaches into a public right-of-way that impedes either pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
The Town's Municipal Code does not address barking dogs. The Contra Costa County Animal Services (CCCAS) would be the appropriate department to contact in regards to this matter. CCCAS has a Noisy Animal Complaint Form that you would need to complete and submit. For more information, please contact CCCAS at 925-335-8300 or visit their website.
The Town has a designated dog park (Canine Corral) that is located at Hap Magee Ranch Park, which allows dogs to be off leash. The Canine Corral is non-monitored and relies on its users to maintain reasonable conditions and sanitation. Before embarking on a trip to the Canine Corral it is important that users understand the rules and regulations to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone.
As for the other parks, the Contra Costa County Animal Services (CCCAS) is responsible for enforcing leash laws. For more information, please contact CCCAS at 925-335-8300 or visit their website.
7:30AM-7:00PM M-F, 9:00AM-7:00PM Sat-Sun & Holidays. Projects that have gone through a discretionary review process may further restrict construction hours for the project.
Current Building Codes (PDF)
Master Fee Schedule (PDF)
Outside Agency Checklist (PDF)
Contractors State License Board
Town of Danville Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion Central
Information for Residential Projects
Information on All Project Types
Small cell facilities are a type of wireless broadband infrastructure. They typically take the form of small antennas (3-4 feet tall) that are placed on existing infrastructure (such as utility poles) and are accompanied by equipment cabinets installed lower on the pole. They are relatively new and are taking the place of cell towers (macro cell technology), which can reach up to nearly 100 feet high and are designed to cover larger geographic areas.
While the Town reviews and approves the location of individual wireless applications, it must do so within parameters established by both federal and state laws that severely limit the Town’s discretion. A summary of these laws can be found in the Presentation to Town Council by Telecom Law Firm available at www.danville.ca.gov/wireless
Collectively, these federal and state laws prohibit cities from:
1. Denying a carrier the ability to provide service either through explicit prohibitions (example: banning new wireless facilities) or through actions that effectively prohibit service.
2. Denying wireless applications based on health concerns, such as those expressed about radio frequency emissions.
3. Stalling or failing to make a decision. The Telecommunications Act imposes a short time frame, often referred to as a shot clock, for a city to review a wireless application. Failure for a city to act results in the application being automatically approved without the ability to impose conditions of approval.
4. Denying a carrier from using the public right-of-way to install their equipment.
Recognizing that its existing wireless ordinance, lasted updated in 1996, did not adequately address new small cell technology, the Town initiated an ordinance update in 2017. The Town Council’s direction was to ensure that the new ordinance was as stringent as possible, while remaining in compliance with federal and state laws.
The Town Council and Planning Commission held six public hearings over the course of a year and heard testimony from the public and wireless providers, culminating in the adoption of an updated Wireless Communication Facilities Ordinance (“Wireless Ordinance”) on August 21, 2018 (effective September 20, 2018).
The new updated ordinance now:
1. Complies with new federal and state regulations that have taken effect since the Town’s ordinance was initially adopted in 1996.
2. Imposes development standards to address both aesthetics and location preferences by requiring that the carrier provide coverage through the “least intrusive means.”
3. Outlines permit and process requirements that allows the Town to meet the short approval time frame (shot clock) established by federal and state law.
Like Danville, cities around the country are working to update their wireless ordinances to address small cell facilities in a manner complies with new federal and state laws. Also like Danville, these updated ordinances include similar design standards and acknowledge that FCC regulations preempts the consideration of health impacts when reviewing wireless applications.
While some ordinances appear to be more restrictive, they all contain provisions that allow wireless facilities to be approved in order to comply with federal and state law. For example, the City of Mill Valley lists most wireless facilities as “Not Permitted” in residential districts. However, the “Exceptions” section of their ordinance allows the city to approve a wireless installation anywhere if the city finds that:
1. Denial of the facility as proposed would violate federal law, state law, or both; or
2. A provision of this chapter, as applied to applicant, would deprive applicant of rights under federal law, state law, or both.
Federal law (Telecommunications Act of 1996) prohibits cities from considering health impacts when taking an action on a wireless application, if it meets the radio frequency levels established by the FCC.
No, cities cannot regulate the type of technology a cellular carrier choses to provide. Regardless, fiber optic cable is a wired technology that does not serve wireless roaming devices (such as cellular phones).
The Town’s new processes are designed to ensure compliance with the time frame imposed on a city’s review time frame, given that failure to do so means that the application is automatically approved – without the ability for the Town to impose conditions of approval.
No. In compliance with state law, the ordinance draws a distinction between wireless applications proposed in the public right-of-way and those proposed on private property. While the Town has less discretion reviewing proposals in the public right-of-way, each category of wireless application (macro or micro cell) is subject to the same development standards of its type regardless of location. On privately owned land, each application is subject to a “location preference” analysis where locations near residential areas and the downtown are discouraged.
Cities cannot deny a carrier the ability to provide service either through explicit or implicit prohibitions (example: banning new wireless facilities or establishing a maximum cap).
Yes. On September 26, 2018, the FCC issued a new declaratory ruling and order titled “Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” and issued the following statement in support of their actions:
“The FCC is committed to doing our part to help ensure the United States wins the global race to 5G to the benefit of all Americans. Today’s action is the next step in the FCC’s ongoing efforts to remove regulatory barriers that would unlawfully inhibit the deployment of infrastructure necessary to support these new services… We thus find that now is the appropriate time to move forward with an approach geared at the conduct that threatens to limit the deployment of 5G services.”
The new FCC order imposes new limits on a city’s ability to make decisions based on aesthetics aesthetic , shorten the shot application review time frame even more, and establishes a new standard of review for courts which that is more favorable to wireless providers when a city’s action is legally challenged. The FCC order is scheduled to go into effect on January 24, 2019.
A number of lawsuits (including one filed by the Town’s outside counsel) have been filed challenging the order and seeking a stay of it’s effective date until the litigation is resolved. Rulings on the stay are expected by the end of the 2018 calendar year. In the meantime, the Town will continue to review applications consistent with its Wireless Ordinance and existing federal law.
In addition to the FCC Order, cities in California are also keeping an eye on a case pending in the California Supreme Court. In that case (T-Mobile West v. City and County of San Francisco), the court will decide whether San Francisco’s ordinance regulating wireless installations in the public right of way based on aesthetics is preempted by state law. The court will likely rule in this case during the first half of 2019.
The Town’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) (PDF) is available for Danville residents as a means to find solutions to traffic safety concerns.
View the Townwide Traffic Count History (PDF).
The following map shows the locations of all public Downtown Parking lots.
The Village Theatre Parking Lot Improvement Project will increase the available supply of public parking for users and patrons of downtown Danville.
Land at 279 Front Street was acquired by the Town and together with improvements in the efficiency of the parking layout in the Village Theatre Parking lot, the new design will increase the number of spaces by 130 to a total of 200 parking spaces.
Zone 1 permits have no fee. Zones 2 and 3 are $50.00 per year. Please refer to the Employee Permit Parking Map (PDF) to select the appropriate parking zone that is closest to your place of business or employment.
Merchants and employees of the Downtown area are encouraged to participate in the employee permit program, as it allows all day parking in select areas of the Downtown while enhancing customer parking turnover within the prime downtown locations. Parking permits are free or cost a nominal fee, and help to ensure that not only do employees not have to worry about their vehicle, but also helps to ensure that your customers are able to find parking to shop at your business. For more information, please view the Downtown Parking Management Plan (PDF).
Yes, as long as you can now show proof that you own the property and you are 65 or older. The property tax billing will show ownership.
No, you must be the current resident.
Yes, each year we need a copy of the property tax billing and proof of age to rebate $54.
Send in a copy of the property tax bill and proof of your age. You can put a line through their name and write deceased and we will change our records. If you qualify we will send you the rebate in your name.
No, we know the county will get their payment. All we want to know if you are a resident and are 65 or older.
Within 45 days of submission you will receive a check.
No, just send in a copy of the County Invoice showing your current property taxes and proof of age 65 or older.
No, you have to be 65 or older.
Temporary radar speed trailers are deployed on a rotational basis and provide feedback to drivers and make them aware of their current traveling speed relative to the legal posted speed limit. If you are interested in having a trailer placed on your street, please email Thomas Valdriz, Transportation Program Analyst, or call at 925-314-3374.
View the implementation process (PDF).
Every landlord shall deliver the following on or before May 1, 2016 to each unit of a multiple - family building.
Clear and unambiguous "No Smoking" signs shall be posted in sufficient numbers and locations in common areas where smoking is prohibited. The signs shall be maintained by the person or persons with legal control over the common areas. "No Smoking" signs are not required inside doors or doorways of units. This applies to all multi-family housing, including apartments and condominiums.
Every lease or rental agreement entered into, renewed, or continued month-to-month after May 1, 2016 shall include the following provisions:
A tenant or guest of a tenant will be liable to both the landlord and any occupant of the building who is exposed to smoke or suffers damages. The violation would be considered an infraction, with penalties ranging from $100 to $500. Each HOA or property manager may issue its own penalties, which may be financial and include eviction.
The absence of signs shall not be a defense to a violation of the Town's Smoking Ordinance (PDF).
All forms of:
Residents can only smoke in designated areas. Contact your property manager of HOA for details. Designated smoking areas must be enclosed, be at least 25 feet from any non-smoking area on the property, have a clearly marked perimeter and be identified by conspicuous signage.
Smoking will be prohibited:
Smoking in a unit or in a common area would be a violation of both Town and HOA/ apartment regulations. Contact your property manager first. You may also call the Town of Danville, Code Enforcement Division, at 925-314-3335 to report a violation.
Numerous studies have found that nonsmokers living in multiple family buildings can be exposed to secondhand smoke from neighbors who smoke. Eliminating smoking in indoor spaces is the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure. Cleaning the air, ventilating buildings, and separating smokers from nonsmokers cannot fully prevent secondhand smoke exposure.
Revenues would go to the Town of Danville's General Fund, although little if any revenues would be expected. The cost to administer the enforcement would likely exceed any potential revenue from fines.
Violation of the ordinance is an infraction that would first involve a warning notice for the first violation, $100 for the 2nd violation, $200 for the 3rd violation and $500 for the 4th and subsequent violations.
The local ordinance would be enforced by the Town of Danville. Code enforcement would be called in on a complaint basis.
Once the ordinance takes effect, if complaints are received about a business, courtesy notices would be sent to the merchant before any fines were issued. Given the Town's limited staffing resources on code enforcement (only half of a full-time staff person), other higher-priority quality-of-life issues would be addressed before efforts are spent enforcing the single-use plastic bag ordinance. No additional staffing resources would be spent on enforcement.
Plastic bags can only be recycled through the State's "In-Store" Recycling Program, where approximately 5% to 10% of bags are recycled. Unfortunately, recycling equipment cannot take plastic bags and in fact become jammed in conventional recycling equipment.
Plastic bags that end up in the garbage are transported to a nearby landfill. Plastic bags that stay in place will take at least 500 years to photo degrade, especially if they are buried deep beneath debris. Unfortunately many of the bags that are dumped in the landfill blow away and are caught in the fencing surrounding landfills such as Keller Canyon in Pittsburg. The cost to remove these bags is incurred by trash and recycling ratepayers.
In an effort to promote the use of reusable bags in Danville retail establishments, the Town is distributing 10,000 reusable shopping bags free of charge to local residents. These bags will be distributed through the Danville Farmers' Market on Saturdays and other special events. The reusable bags are part of an economic development effort and feature the Shop Danville brand, reminding residents to shop locally.
No, we only take exact cash or checks. Checks should be made out to Town of Danville.
510 La Gonda Way
Danville, CA 94526
Southbound on Highway 680: Exit at El Cerro, turn right onto El Cerro, at the light turn right onto La Gonda. We are the second building on the right. The Police Department is located to the rear of the building.
Northbound on 680:
The front office is open Monday through Friday 08:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (excluding legal holidays). For after-hours questions and non-emergencies, call 925-820-2144.
All reports may be obtained through the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Records Unit. (link below)
Additionally, traffic collision investigation reports may be obtained through Danville Police Department's online portal: Online Police Report Access or by calling 866-215-2771 for assistance. We will release accident reports to an involved party only, for a $5.00 fee.
Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Records
Link to Website
Contact the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Dispatch at 925-820-2144 or 911.
If it is a non-emergency, call dispatch 925-820-2144 to have an officer contact you to set up an appointment to meet at an agreed location. If it is an emergency, call dispatch 911 immediately.
Only two types of permits are sold: Downtown Merchant / Employee Parking Permits and residential permits. To the residents of 197 E Linda Mesa, you must show proof of residency or employment (pay stub, business card, etc.). Permits are either free of charge or $50 dollars depending on the zone. View Permit Applications for more information.
You may visit our police department lobby during business hours (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.) and if an officer is available they will sign it for you. Be advised, we do not sign off on insurance violations. These can be corrected by visiting or sending proof to the county court system.
Pay online and follow the directions on the ticket.
Contact:Superior Court - Walnut Creek640 Ygnacio Valley RoadWalnut Creek CA 94596Phone: 925-646-6572
Pay online or mail payment to: Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 22814Denver, CO 80222 - 2814
You must contact the County Records Department:2530 Arnold DriveSuite 170Martinez, CA, 94553Phone: 925-335-1570
Parking Citations are to be appealed in writing through the Clancy System. Mail written appeals (do not send any money) to:Citation Processing CenterP.O. Box 22814Denver, CO 80222 - 2814.
Live Scans and ink card fingerprinting is done on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons by appointment only. To make the appointment call our front counter at 925-314-3700.
Restraining orders are obtained at the courts. The closest court to obtain a restraining order would be Contra Costa County Courts on Court Street in Martinez or
640 Ygnacio Valley RoadWalnut Creek, CA 94596
Yes, the Danville Police Department offers vacation house checks to Danville residences. The form is available online. Once filled out, the online form is sent directly to us where it is assigned to the specific beat box.
The Danville Police Department issues a 3-day temporary parking permit which will allow the RV owner time to load and / or unload their motor home or trailer. The permit must be displayed in the front left corner of the windshield.
No (We do not issue temporary permits for semi-trucks / trailers). There is no overnight parking at Sycamore Park and Ride and there are “No Overnight” signs posted.
The Town of Danville Police Department currently accepts syringes / sharps in our lobby during business hours. Syringes / sharps need to be placed in a rigid, sealed container before placing in the red receptacle. San Ramon also accepts used syringes / needles.
San Ramon Valley Fire District1500 Bollinger Canyon RoadSan Ramon, CA 94583Phone: 925-838-6640
The Town of Danville Police Department will accept expired or unused medications, however, we do not accept controlled (i.e. morphine, oxycodone, etc.) medication. The individual will dump all of the pills into one zip lock bag and recycle the bottles at home. Any medication that is not in pill form leave in its original container, scratch off the patient's name and prescription number and place the container(s) in a second, separate zip lock bag. Place the plastic bags in the green receptacle located in the Police Department lobby.
Except as otherwise provided in this section it is unlawful for a person to do any of the following acts:
No, the letter is issued by the Records Department located at:
2530 Arnold DriveSuite 170Martinez, CA 94553Phone: 925-335-1570
Background check letters can also be requested via email to Records Info. All email requests need to include the name of the agency requesting background check and a copy of person's driver's license or passport.
Field Operations Bureau1980 Muir RoadMartinez, CA 94553
Department of Justice Automated Applicant Response SystemPhone: 916-227-4557
The phone number is: 925-687-8844, ext. 301. This program can help resolve issues involving:
The Danville Police Department does not register bicycles.They can register online at the National Bike Registry website. There is a list on the website of surrounding agencies that are participating in the program. Walnut Creek police Department, Dublin Police Services, and Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department are some examples of local participating agencies.
You can schedule a vacation house check online by filling out this form!
View the public parking map (PDF), displaying the downtown’s more than 1,400 available public parking spaces.
Merchants and employees of the Downtown area are encouraged to participate in the employee permit program, as it allows all day parking in select areas of the Downtown while enhancing customer parking turnover within the prime downtown locations. Order your permit online.
When registration falls below the minimum enrollment required, it may be necessary to cancel a class or program. At the time of cancellation, the Town will initiate a full refund. Check refunds may take 4 to 6 weeks to process.
The Town offers classes in four distinct sessions. Instructors must submit a proposal for each session they would like to teach before the deadlines listed.
I understand that photographs and / or video may be taken of me and/or my child(ren) during the course of any activity and that these photographs and video may be used for Town of Danville publicity purposes.
Waitlists will be established once a class has reached maximum enrollment. If space becomes available, you will be contacted by phone and / or email.
Town of Danville instructors are independent contractors. An independent contractor creates their own curriculum, provides their own supplies and staffing. In addition, they set their own hours and budget and are entirely responsible for submitting an invoice to receive payment.
The Town of Danville offers a 60/40 split on resident registration fees. Instructors receive 60% of the resident fee after the class is complete.
Visit the Town's Business License page for details.
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The water features typically run from April 1 to October 1 annually.
The water features will be turned on during the dates above if the temperature is above 80°F and barring any restrictions on water usage, the water features should remain on the normal schedule and close for the winter moratorium on October 1.
Weekdays: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Weekends: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Email Dave Casteel
Hap Magee Ranch Park
1025 La Gonda Way
Sycamore Valley Park
2101 Holbrook Drive