order to provide better customer service and accessibility to police services,
the following FAQs, answers, web links and other information is provided. If you cannot find the information you need
below, please contact us at (626) 744-4501.
Are there noise laws or restrictions in Pasadena?
Yes. Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) 9.36 addresses
property noise violations and prohibits unnecessary, excessive and annoying
noises from all sources.
is unlawful for any person to create, cause, or permit to be made, or continue
any noise or sound which exceeds the ambient noise level at the property line
by more than 5 decibels. If excessively
loud noise of any kind is disturbing your peace, contact the Department at
(626) 744-4241 and an officer will be dispatched to investigate. If the noise from your neighbor persists and
the officer is called back, you may be asked to file a formal complaint against
the offending neighbor.
and business licenses for amplified sound may be issued by the City with
specific compliance criteria, including the days and hours of operation(s),
location and type of amplification.
a loud car alarm persists for more than 45 minutes and the owner cannot be
located, the vehicle may be impounded under state motor vehicle law CVC
22651.5. In addition, CVC 27007 restricts
allowable noise from a vehicle on public property to 50 feet. Operators may be cited and the amplified
equipment can be seized as evidence. Contact the Department at (626) 744-4241
noise is only permitted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through
Friday, per PMC Section 9.36.070.
can I do about my neighbor’s barking dog?
is excessively loud or prolonged barking of a dog that is disturbing your
peace, and your neighbor refuses to take corrective action, contact the
Pasadena Humane Society at (626) 792-7151 and an Animal Control Officer will be
dispatched to investigate and hopefully resolve the situation.
information about dog licensing, animal shelter and care issues, visit the
Pasadena Humane Society website at www.pasadenahumane.org.
noise from your neighbor’s dog persists, you can make a complaint with the City
Code Enforcement Section by calling (626) 744-4633 about your neighbor
maintaining a nuisance animal.
PMC6.18.040 empowers the Code Enforcement Commission to conduct a
hearing to determine whether or not the situation involves a public nuisance
the City of Pasadena have curfew laws?
PMC 9.68 provides that minors (under age 18) cannot be present in or upon any
public or private street, road, drive, alley, or trail; any public or community
park or recreation area; any public ground, place, or building; or any vacant
lot or abandoned or vacant building between the hours of 10 p.m. and the time
of sunrise of the following day, except in the following situations:
1. Accompanied by a custodial person or
by the minor's spouse who must be over 18
On an errand directed by, and in possession of a written excuse from, a
custodial person or spouse over 18
years of age
Engaged in or going directly to or returning directly from a school-approved
Engaged in a lawful employment activity or in a place in connection with or as
required by a business, trade, profession, or occupation in which the minor is
lawfully engaged, or going directly to or returning directly from such activity
Engaged in or going directly to or returning directly from any other lawful
activity with written permission from a custodial person or spouse over the age
Involved in an emergency or seeking medical assistance
Exercising rights protected by the First Amendment of the United States
Constitution or Article 1 of the California Constitution, including but not
limited to: free exercise of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of
In the right-of-way abutting the minor's residence
In a motor vehicle involved in interstate travel
Emancipated pursuant to State law and California Family Code Section 7000, et
can I report prostitution, narcotics or gang activity in my neighborhood?
observe a non-violent prostitution, narcotics or gang activity in progress,
call the Department at (626) 744-4241 and advice the police dispatcher who
answers your call. An officer will be dispatched to investigate and take
problems of prostitution, narcotics or gang activity are in your neighborhood,
but not in progress, please contact:
1-800-222-8477 or e-mail concern at wetip.com
Enforcement and Gang Unit: (626) 744-4585
Services Unit: (626) 744-4505, or online at http://cityofpasadena.net/police/community_services/
& East Pasadena
Kitty Johnson, Police Specialist IV
Hilda Jurado, Police Specialist IV
& Midtown Pasadena Karla Kauhola, Police Specialist IV
can I report wild animals running loose in my neighborhood?
immediately if the animal is posing a threat to life or property. Otherwise,
call the Department at (626) 744-4241 and advise the police dispatcher. An officer may be dispatched to monitor the
situation and call in additional resources as necessary.
do I apply for and obtain a permit to carry a firearm?
Chief of Police is given the statutory discretion to issue a license to carry a
firearm to residents within the community, Penal Code § 26150; Penal Code
26155. The Department will fairly and
impartially consider all applications to carry firearms in accordance with
applicable law and Department policy.
Contact the Police Department’s Administrative Services Section at
(626)744-4574 to discuss the process for obtaining a permit.