Over the past few years, the City has received an increase in the level of inquiries and concerns regarding adverse impacts associated with existing, expanding and new alcohol-serving establishments. The City responded by developing a more proactive enforcement approach and public outreach, particularly in the Downtown area. One of the changes endorsed by the City Council was a Proactive Code Compliance Program for Alcohol Serving Establishment.
Objectives of this new program:
- Improve relations between business establishments, neighboring community members and City
- Reduce the type and number of adverse impacts that are being experienced
- Increase awareness and knowledge of relevant codes and regulations
If you witness a violation and wish to file a complaint, please complete and submit a Citizen Complaint Form
For a quick overview of the program: PACE Program Flyer
For emergencies requiring immediate assistance from the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department or an ambulance, call 911.
For non-emergencies, call the 24-hour hotline at 760-633-2633 or Encinitas Sheriff’s Dispatch at 858-565-5200.
Enforcement Focus Areas
- Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RBSS)
Each Server shall have a valid RBSS/LEAD certification. Call Code Enforcement at 760-633-2633.
- Maximum Occupancy Load
Establishments shall not exceed posted maximum occupancy load. Call Fire Prevention at 760-633-2820.
- Noise Standards / Nuisances
Disturbing, excessive, offensive and unusually loud noise is prohibited. Call Code Enforcement at 760-633-2633 or Encinitas Sheriff’s Dispatch at 858-565-5200.
Littering is prohibited. Call Code Enforcement at 760-633-2633.
- Underage Drinking
Purchasing, providing or consuming alcoholic beverages under the age of 21 years is prohibited. Contact Encinitas Sheriff’s Dispatch at 858-565-5200 or visit the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) website.
- Idling Busses
Idling motor vehicles more than 5 minutes is prohibited. Call Encinitas Sheriff’s Dispatch at 858-565-5200.
- Entertainment Licenses
An Entertainment License is required for informal and professional entertainment. Call Code Enforcement at 760-633-2633.