Why do I have to pay penalties if I'm getting a permit to correct the violation?

The City of Mill Valley imposes penalties for building, zoning, and some municipal code violations. These penalties may be calculated in one of two ways. When a permit can be issued to legalize a violation, penalties are two times the base permit fee. If the violation cannot be approved or legalized by a permit, you will be given 30 days to cease the unlawful use or demolish the unlawful structure. If you fail to comply with our direction, you may be penalized between $100 per day and up to a maximum of $1000 per day, per violation.

Where you fall within this penalty range is based upon the following:

  • The seriousness of the violation. Could the violation harm human health/safety or the environment?
  • The length of time the violation has existed.
  • The diligence and cooperation of the property owner.
  • The impact of the violation on other properties.
  • The owner's level of responsibility for the violation. Did the owner create or add to the violation?

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1. Can I flush my pool water onto the ground or down a storm drain?
2. What are the dangers of mold and mildew and whom do I call if I encounter this problem?
3. I disagree that my property has a violation. Can I appeal the staff's determination of the violation?
4. How much will my building permit cost?
5. What will happen if I don't get a permit for the work that generated the violation?
6. I received notice for a code violation. Who turned me in?
7. What is required regarding trash, debris, indoor and outdoor storage?
8. Who do I report graffiti to?
9. What do I do if I own or know of a vacant, unsecured substandard structure?
10. The person who turned me in has a violation on their property. Why aren't you investigating them?
11. Are gas-powered leaf blowers allowed in Mill Valley?
12. Can I keep bees?
13. Can I keep chickens or rabbits in my yard?
14. My neighbor's construction project is making a lot of noise - what is allowed?
15. Does the City require yard and lot maintenance? If so, why?
16. Why should pools be maintained and what should I do if I know of someone with a pool that is not being maintained?
17. Who do I contact if I want to change or put a new sign outside of my business?
18. Why do I have to pay penalties if I'm getting a permit to correct the violation?
19. How do I report a code violation?
20. How long do I have to fix the violation?
21. What are the rules if I want to run a business out of my home?
22. How do I report an encroachment on Steps, Lanes, or Paths?
23. Who do I contact if I am having an animal issue?