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Can the City Attorney provide legal advice to private citizens?
No.  The City Attorney is legally prohibited from representing individuals in private legal matters.  Attorneys in the office are only authorized to represent City officials, departments, agencies and employees in the course of their official acts or business.  For general questions or seeking legal representation you can call the Los Angeles County Legal Aid Society (Long Beach Branch) at (800) 399-4529 or the Long Beach Bar Association Referral Service at (562) 988-6444.

Does the City handle landlord/rental issues?
No.  This is a private civil matter that the City has no jurisdiction over.  For general questions, you can call the Los Angeles County Legal Aid Society at (800) 399-4529 or the Long Beach Bar Association Referral Service at (562) 988-6444.

What are the hours for the City Attorney office?
The City Attorney office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 4:30.  If you wish to see an attorney or other staff member, please call ahead to make an appointment.  Call 562-570-2200.  You should plan to be inside City Hall by 4:00 because the building entrances are closed by 4:30.

What is the difference between the City Attorney and the District Attorney?
The City Attorney is elected by the citizens of the City of Long Beach and is the attorney for the City of Long Beach.  The City Attorney provides legal services for the Mayor, City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Planning Commission, and the various agencies, boards, commissions, committees and departments of the City of Long Beach.  The District Attorney is an elected County official who prosecutes criminal laws throughout Los Angeles County.  The District Attorney in Long Beach can be reached at (562) 491-6301.

Where do I file a small claims action?
If the incident occurred in the City of Long Beach or if a defendant resides here, you can file your Small Claims Action at the Los Angeles Superior Court, located at 415 W. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90802, (562) 491-6238.

Who do I call to report a possible crime or City code violation?
Should the matter be an emergency, call 911.  Reports or complaints concerning violations of any criminal law occurring in Long Beach should be made to the Long Beach Police Department by calling (562) 570-7260.  Complaints regarding code enforcement activities should be made to the City’s Code Enforcement Division at (562) 570-CODE (2633).

Who do I contact if I need advice or a restraining order to prevent domestic violence?
You can contact the L.A. Domestic Violence Safety Plan Hotline at (800) 978-3600.

Who do I contact if I need legal representation in a criminal case and I cannot afford my own attorney?
Contact the County Public Defender’s Office at (562) 491-6361.

Who do I contact regarding aircraft noise regulations, limits or complaints?
You can call Airport Noise Complaint Hotline at (562) 570-2665 or fill out an Aircraft Noise Complaint form at the Long Beach Municipal Airport website at www.longbeach.gov/airport.

Who does the City Attorney work for?
Under the City’s Charter, the City Attorney is the sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City.  The City Attorney provides legal advice and support to the City Council and all City officers and employees relating to acts which are within the course and scope of their employment or official duties.

I believe I have been damaged by the actions or negligence of the City or one of its employees and wish to file a claim against the City of Long Beach.  How do I do that?
Generally, a written claim must be filed with the City within six months from the date of the incident.  Claim forms are available from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, Main Lobby, 333 W. Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90802, (562) 570-6101.  The City will review and, where appropriate, take action on the claim.  However, neither the City Attorney nor any other City official or employee can provide legal advice concerning claims or litigation against the City.

Who do I contact if a business in Long Beach has defaulted in performing a requested and paid for service, and/or moved?
You can contact the California Department of Consumers Affairs at (800) 952-5210 or visit their website at www.dca.ca.gov or the Better Business Bureau at (562) 216-9242 or visit their website at www.labbb.org.

How can I receive a copy of a particular section of the Long Beach Municipal Code?

The Municipal Code is available online at www.longbeach.gov/cityclerk

 

A copy of a Municipal Code section may also be obtained from:

City Clerk's Office

City Hall, Lobby Level

333 W. Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 570-6101

www.longbeach.gov/cityclerk

 

A set of the Long Beach Municipal Codes is also located in the Main Public Library located in the Civic Center Plaza, 101 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA.

 

For Zoning and Planning Code issues, call the Department of Planning & Building at (562) 570-6651

 

What is the difference between the City Attorney and City Prosecutor?

The City Attorney is elected by the citizens of the City of Long Beach.  The attorneys in the office provide legal advice and services to the City Council, and City officials, departments, employees, boards and commissions.  The City Prosecutor is also elected by the citizens of the City of Long Beach.  The City Prosecutor enforces the City municipal codes and investigates and prosecutes misdemeanor criminal activities occurring in the City of Long Beach.  To contact the City Prosecutor’s Office, you can call (562) 570-5600.

Where can I borrow or have access to law books?

Long Beach Public Library

101 Pacific Avenue

Long Beach, CA 90822

(562) 570-7500

www.lbpl.org

 

Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles

South Judicial District

415 W. Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 491-5970

 

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
If you have a question about a city service or specific city department, please contact the department directly.

If you have a question or complaint about code compliance or nuisance abatement issues on any commercial or residential property, contact the Code Enforcement Division at (562) 570-2633.

If you have a question about zoning, contact the Zoning Information Hotline at (562) 570-6194.

If you have a question about comprehensive planning, contact (562) 570-6354.

If you have a question about community planning, contact (562) 570-6458.

If you have a question about environmental planning, contact (562) 570-6191.

For information about business licenses, contact (562) 570-6211.

If you have a question about Landlord-Tenant issues for low-income residents, contact Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach at (562) 435-3501.

If you have a question about Divorce/Custody issues for low-income residents, contact Harriett Buhai Family Law Center at (213) 388-7515.

If you have a question about legal assistance for low income seniors, contact Bet Tzedek at (562) 570-3506.

If you have a question about irate Landlords, contact the Apartment Owners Association at (562) 597-2422.