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The trapping of wild animals is regulated by State law. Before setting any trap(s) for wild animals citizens should consult the local office of the State Department of Fish & Game.
If any wild animals are inadvertently trapped, they may be released at or within a two mile radius of the location where they were trapped.
The Animal Control Officer is available to advise you on ways to address nuisance cat issues in and around your home or neighborhood which may eliminate the need for trapping. The Police Department encourages you to discuss these options with the Animal Control Officer before setting traps.”
Cats that are captured in traps must be treated humanely and delivered to the animal shelter or the La Mesa Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Officer will provide you with specific information on where you may take cats that have been trapped.
125 N. Marshall AvenueEl Cajon, CA 92020Phone: 619.441.1580
The pool closes for annual maintenance for approximately six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
Yes, we offer both adult and youth swim teams.
Construction documents for the project, which include construction plans, specifications and documentation, must be submitted at the Community Development Department counter. The submittal must include the required number of document copies, along with a completed and signed permit application. A plan check fee is due at submittal. (Fees are based upon construction valuation.) Once the plans have been reviewed and approved by all City departments, a construction permit will be issued upon verification of contractor information and the payment of the required fees.
All plans should be reviewed by the Planning Division before construction permit submittal. Call the Planning Division at 619.667.1177 for information.
Plan review applications for which no permit is issued within one year following the date of application shall expire by limitation. In order to renew action on an application after expiration, the applicant shall resubmit plans and pay a new plan review fee.
Please call 619.667.1177 to request a Planning Division inspection, or 619.667.1154 to request an Engineering Division inspection, or 619.667.1355 to request a Fire Department inspection. Inspections can generally be scheduled for the next business day, if requested. Please note that City offices are closed on alternate Fridays, and no inspections are scheduled on dark Fridays. Please check the City Calendar before you call the inspection line. For additional assistance, please contact the Building Division at 619.667.1176.
For renewal applications: Most licenses typically take 2-4 weeks to process.
Current processing times for In-City business license applications are 4-8 weeks.
City of La Mesa 8130 Allison Ave.La Mesa, CA 91942
At this time we are not able to accommodate credit card payments over the phone. Businesses who already have an existing license with the City of La Mesa can now renew online. Processing fees apply.
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Mail: 8130 Allison Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942
While the City of La Mesa wishes to make contact with every unlicensed solicitor we need your help! If you would like to complain about an unlicensed solicitor please follow the reporting process outlined above. Remember - while soliciting is allowed in residential areas, door-to-door, it is up to you to request "no soliciting".
Mayor Mark Arapostathis
Councilmember Kristine Alessio
Councilmember Bill Baber
Councilmember Colin Parent
Councilmember Akilah Weber
The Council meets regularly on the second and the fourth Tuesday of each month at at 6:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Council Chambers located at La Mesa City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa. The Council also holds adjourned sessions and special meetings as necessary. The Council meetings are also broadcast live on the City website, the City's Facebook page, Cox Cable Channel 24 (within La Mesa City limits), and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (in the San Diego Region).
Yes. You can watch City Council cablecasts live on Cox Cable Channel 24 (within La Mesa City limits) and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (in the San Diego Region) on the second Tuesday and the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm.
City Council agendas are prepared by the City Clerk’s office and are available free of charge by the end of the day on the Friday prior to the City Council meeting. Agendas are available online, at the City Clerk’s office, posted outside the Council Chambers, or at the meeting. A complete agenda report packet is available at the La Mesa Library, 8055 University Avenue, and at the City Clerk's Office during normal business hours.
The City of La Mesa encourages the participation and involvement of its citizens in the meeting process. The opinions of the citizens of La Mesa are an important factor in helping the Council form policy and direction. To learn more about the meeting process please take a look at the Welcome to Your City of La Mesa City Council Meeting brochure located at the back of the Council Chambers. If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s office at 619.667.1120.
To apply for a board, commission or committee, submit a completed application to the City Clerk’s office, located in City Hall, 8130 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941. If you have any questions, please call the City Clerk’s office at 619.667.1120.
Applicants are appointed to the various boards, commissions and committees after a standard interview and appointment process. Unexpected vacancies are usually filled from the applications on file.
Detailed information describing the duties and responsibilities of the various boards, commissions and committees, as well as applicant qualifications, is available on this website or at the City Clerk’s Office.
The staff at the Registrar of Voters will be happy to check the records to find out if you are registered to vote. You can contact the Registrar of Voters at 858.565.5800. Registrar of Voters
Yes, we offer classes for ages six months through adult. Our classes are listed in the Community Services Schedule.
The Permit Exemption Form and Exempt Improvement Projects for Single Family Dwellings Form are listed on the Community Development Forms page.
For additional information please see the Building Division page.
Zoning Complaints may be submitted in person to:
Yes we do. Please see our Facilities page for more information.
Yes there is. Please see our Aquatics page for more information.
Yes we do. Please see our Classes page for more information.
You may mail your payment with the citation, pay in person at the Finance Division in City Hall, or pay online. Citations not paid by the time indicated on the back of the citation may result in the citation being doubled, a $10.00 fee being added, and the citation being included on the car registration fees. Please call the Finance Division at 619.667.1117 if you have any questions about parking citation payments.
La Mesa has several sets of public stairways in the Mt. Nebo/Windsor Hills area, starting at Windsor Drive and Canterbury Drive
We will dispatch a maintenance crew to your address to find out if the stoppage is in the City’s main or your private line (sewer lateral). If the sewer main is found to be clear, it is the responsibility of the property owner to call a licensed plumber or drain service cleaning to correct the problem. The property owner is responsible for maintaining adequate flow to and through the sewer lateral from the property structure to and into the City’s sewer main.
If the stoppage is in the City’s main, we’ll fix it as quickly as possible and keep you informed about what is being done.
Yes. You can watch City Council cablecasts live on Channel 24 on the second and on the fourth Tuesday of each month starting at 6:00 pm.
See County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health website.
Each meter is clearly marked with a sticker indicating maximum time limits and days of operation. Please observe the posted time limitations, as remaining parked past time limit and/or “feeding the meter” can result in issuance of a parking citation.
The East-End Program offers either a $40 permit that provides access to approximately 125 parking spaces, or a $60 permit that provides access to 229 spaces in five different parking areas.
The La Mesa Boulevard Lot Program offers access to 31 spaces in the municipal parking lot located on the south side of La Mesa Boulevard, just west of Acacia Avenue.
You can find permit applications, maps of parking areas, and a guide to permit parking policies and procedures on the City's website.
Permits can be applied for and paid for at La Mesa City Hall, located at 8130 Allison Avenue or applications and payments can be mailed to:
City of La MesaDowntown Operations/Parking Control8130 Allison AvenueLa Mesa, CA 91942
Permit holders can check the City's website for updated information on sales and renewals at the Parking Permit Program page.
Please note that there is no grace period for expired permits after the start of a new quarter. If you have not yet received your placards and/or stickers by the start of the new quarter, please place your payment receipt on your dash until your placard/sticker arrives. Also, existing permits renewed after the first month of the quarter are not eligible for pro-rated fees. Parking Permit Program page
Yes, reservable sites are available at Aztec, Harry Griffen and La Mesita Parks. Request your reservation online or call our Facilities Division at 619.667.1307 for additional information.
City parks are alcohol free. However, you may obtain a Special Event Permit with a Park Use Permit for an additional processing fee. Contact the Facilities Division at 619.667.1307 for additional information and fees. Glass containers are not permitted in the parks.
- Is this a police, fire or medical emergency?
- Where is the emergency?
- What is occurring?
- When did this occur?
- Do you have any suspect and/or suspect vehicle descriptions?
- Are there now or were weapons involved? (gun, knife, stick, etc.)
You will be asked to give your name, address and telephone number (anonymous calls are accepted). If you are safely able to do so, please remain on the telephone to provide additional information as requested.
Whether you call 9-1-1 on purpose or by accident, the dispatcher will receive your caller information even if you hang-up before the line is answered. The dispatcher will immediately call you back and inquire if an emergency exists. If the line is busy or not answered when the dispatcher attempts to call, an officer will be dispatched to the address from which the call originated to "check the welfare" of the residence or business. If you dial 9-1-1 in error, please remain on the line and advise the dispatcher that you have made a mistake.
WIRELESS 9-1-1 INFORMATION GUIDE: HOW TO USE YOUR CELL PHONE TO CALL 9-1-1 What is Wireless 9-1-1? Wireless 9-1-1 is the term used to refer to emergency calls made to 9-1-1 for wireless cellular phones. A cellular (cell) phone is actually a radio transmitter and a receiver that uses radio frequencies or channels, instead of a traditional telephone wire, to connect callers. Because cell phones are very portable, they are not associated with one fixed location or address. The cell tower (cell site) used to transmit a cellular 9-1-1 call provides only a general location of the cellular caller. This location information is not specific enough for public safety personnel to respond in a timely manner. For many, the ability to call 9-1-1 for help in an emergency is one of the main reasons they own a cellular phone. Other cellular 9-1-1 calls come from "good Samaritans" reporting traffic collisions, criminal activity or other emergencies. While cell phones can be an important public safety tool, they also create unique challenges for public safety, emergency response personnel and wireless service providers because of their mobility. To expedite the processing of cellular 9-1-1 calls by public safety dispatchers, you should remember the following: * Immediately advise the dispatcher of the location of the emergency, including the city-if known. If you are not sure of the location, look for helpful markers such as street signs, local landmarks, or freeway exits that will help the dispatcher pinpoint your location. * Provide the dispatcher with your cell phone number so that if the call is disconnected, the dispatcher can call you back. If you do not know your cell phone number, memorize it. * Remain calm and be prepared to provide specific answers to questions asked by the dispatcher related to the emergency you are reporting (i.e., where, what, when, who, weapons, injuries, medical history). DO NOT HANG UP until the dispatcher instructs you to do so. * If your cell phone is not "initialized" (i.e., you do not currently have a contract for service with a wireless service provider) and your call is disconnected, you must call the dispatcher back because they will not have your phone number to call you back. * Become familiar with features of your cell phone, especially the "keypad lock" feature, which prevents accidental dialing. Many 9-1-1 calls made to the La Mesa Police Department are the result of accidental dialing. The processing of accidental calls may delay help for those callers with true emergencies. * The accidental calling of cell phones can occur when a cell phone is carried carelessly in pockets, purses, strollers, waistbands and gym bags without activating the "keypad lock" feature. * Refrain from programming your cell phone to automatically dial 9-1-1 to prevent accidental dialing. Please consult your cell phone's user manual for further information on this and other phone features. * Using your phone while driving can be very dangerous. Whenever possible and it is safe to do so, pull over and park your vehicle before using your cell phone. * Cellular calls made to 9-1-1 have helped to save many lives. In part, this is due to callers taking the time to get involved and report emergencies. However, the La Mesa Police Department cautions you not to place yourself in harms way when reporting crimes in progress and other dangerous situations. * Tips for Cell Phone Users When calling 9-1-1 from your cell phone, be prepared to state the location of your emergency, your cell phone number and the nature of your emergency. This information is essential to providing emergency help and is vital in the event of phone signal interference or premature disconnection. Wireless 9-1-1 is an important safety tool. However, if you do not know your location, public safety personnel will be delayed in providing assistance. Every second counts in an emergency. The following instances are examples of when it is most appropriate to call 9-1-1 from your cell phone: * Life threatening medical emergency * Crimes in progress * Reckless or suspected drunk driver * Traffic collision with injuries * Any type of fire (vehicle, structure, etc.) * Traffic hazard blocking the roadway The La Mesa Police Department encourages the use of non-emergency phone numbers to contact the fire and police departments for general information and routine requests.
A serious crime in progress or just occurred, such as:
- robbery- burglary- shooting- assault - domestic violence- vehicle theft
A fire, medical or mental health emergency; or a traffic accident that has just occurred.
Please do not call 9-1-1 for non-emergency calls such as:
- a loud party or music- parking violations- barking dogs- road information- minor injuries- time-delayed crime reports - general questions
NOTE: Calls to 9-1-1 for non-emergencies require the dispatcher to divert his or her attention away from real emergencies and may create a delay in responding officers to the scene of a serious crime.
Contact the San Diego County Jail at 619.615.2700 for male prisoners or Las Colinas Detention Center at 619.258.3176 for female prisoners. You may also look up information on the Sheriff's Department website:
You must fill out a request form at La Mesa Police headquarters, 8085 University Avenue. It will take 7-10 days to process your request and the report will be mailed to you. The cost for report copies is 10 cents per page.
Call the Police Department with the license plate or VIN and they will be able to tell you why the car was impounded and what tow company has the vehicle. When a vehicle has been impounded, a release from the Police Department is required before you will be able to get the vehicle back from the tow company. If there was a registration problem, we will need some paperwork from the DMV showing the issue has been corrected. The vehicle owner will need to come to the Police Department with proper ID and the DMV paperwork. Be sure you or someone with you has a valid driver’s license. You will have to pay an impound fee at the Police Department for the release, present it to the tow company, and pay their charges as well.
You can register a complaint with the Police Department by filling out a Barking Dog Questionnaire. This form can be completed online or downloaded below. You may also pick up a copy from Police Headquarters at 8085 University Avenue.
The La Mesa Police Department can provide individuals with information on their local criminal history, but this would only include records of incidents which occurred in the City of La Mesa. Individuals wishing to review their entire criminal history record from any jurisdiction in California should contact the Department of Justice or visit the Attorney General's website at http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php regarding fingerprinting.
The La Mesa Police Department is a Department of Justice authorized Live Scan site and can assist in obtaining the fingerprints required for a criminal records check.
La Mesa Police Department's Live Scan office is open for business, Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Please call 619.667.7592 to set up an appointment.
In order to be live scanned, you will need a Request for Live Scan form (this is obtained from your employer, or whoever is requesting the fingerprinting to be done), you will also need a valid form of identification (driver's license, California Identification Card, or a passport are accepted), cash, check, or credit card to pay for the service. If requesting a criminal history record, you can download the form, print it out and bring to the live scan site.
Firms are required to self register on-line for up to 10 commodities. Please register at link below.