Common Code Violations

To clarify what is and what is not allowed within the city, the information provided summarizes specific Fountain Valley Municipal Code issues that citizens commonly inquire about.

Real Estate Signs

A Guide to Real Estate Signs 

Home-Operated Businesses

Operating a business from a residence requires a business license and a Home Occupation Permit. Home Occupation Permits may be obtained from the Planning Division. Call the Business License Division at 714-593-4421 for more information on Home-Operated businesses.

Fences & Walls

Side and rear yard fences may not be higher than 6 feet. For lots that back up to arterial roads, block walls may be extended to a height of 8 feet. A building permit is required for all block walls higher than 36 inches.

Overgrown Vegetation

  • Vacant lots must be kept relatively free of weeds
  • Weeds and other excess vegetation can pose fire hazards
  • Vegetation in residential areas must not hang onto sidewalk/street areas

Temporary Use Permits

Certain outdoor business activities require special city permits (over and above the required business license). Activities requiring such permits are:
  • Outdoor Sales and Displays
  • Christmas Tree Lots
  • Pumpkin Lots
  • Special Events

Applicants for Temporary Use Permits (PDF) need to apply in person; permits are usually approved on the same day. The fee ranges from $115-$345 depending on the type of event. A $500 refundable clean-up deposit is required for Christmas Tree Lots, Pumpkin Lots, etc.


Fountain Valley has special requirements for business sign construction and placement. Per city ordinance, applicants must submit an application for city review. For further information, call 714-593-4425.

Temporary Banners

Businesses may display temporary banners up to a maximum size of 45 square feet for a period of 60 days as long as:

  • Banners are securely attached to their buildings
  • A temporary banner permit has been issued.
Temporary Banner Permits may be obtained from the Planning Department for $55.
Pennants and free-standing banners may not be used in Fountain Valley.

Leaf Blower Time Restrictions

Leaf blowers shall not operate between:
  • 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday
  • 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., Saturday
  • No time on Sunday

Commercial Deliveries

Delivery is prohibited within 100 feet of a residential zoned property between the hours of
10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. or at any time on Sunday or a legal holiday.

Hours of Construction - Noise

Construction hours are as follows:
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday
  • No time on Sunday or legal holidays

Vehicle Parking

  • Inoperable vehicles parked on public streets or residential driveways may be cited and/or towed
  • Trailers, campers, and boats must be parked on paved surfaces
  • In residential zones, campers and trailers may not be used for sleeping quarters