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All reservations for City facilities can be made at the Community Services Department at Avalon City Hall. You can also submit a rental request online through the online reservation page.
Parks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless a reservation is secured. Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee use of the space the day of your event; however, it is not mandatory. Reservations can be made online or at City Hall for a nominal fee.
The possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages (this includes alcohol poured into discrete containers) is prohibited.
Yes. Canopies and tents, no bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet are permitted as long as they are not staked into the ground or affixed to any structure/tree in the park.
The survey will take less than 10 minutes of your time.
The City of Avalon needs accurate and up-to-date information about our community to determine its eligibility to receive state and federal funding for important city projects.
One survey should be completed for each family in a housing unit. Roommates should fill out separate surveys. Additional families living in the same housing unit should fill out separate surveys. If you have an accessory rental unit, those residents should fill out a separate survey.
The aggregate data will only be used to submit for grant fund applications from state or federal sources. The data from all families will be combined to produce demographic data for the city.
This survey is 100% confidential. The data will only be shared with the research team. We will keep all data secure.
Any person who is at least 18 years of age on Election Day, a citizen of the United States, or a naturalized citizen, and a resident of the City of Avalon can register to vote with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by filling out a Voter Registration Form. If you move, change your name, or wish to change your political party affiliation, you must re-register to vote. You must be registered to vote at least 15 days before an election to be eligible to vote in that election. (NOTE: AB 1436 may allow registration up to and including the date of election if certain requirements are met.) Registration online at www.lavote.net..
Contact the City Clerk's Office by email or phone to set up an appointment to pull candidate paperwork with Gabrielle Morones, Deputy City Clerk, and/or Devin Hart, Management Analyst. The period to pull paperwork to become a candidate begins from November 13, 2023 to December 8, 2023.
No. The governing body has the discretion to establish a filing fee, but the City of Avalon has not done so. The City provides equal opportunity for all candidates to fully participate by not charging a filing fee; however, there is a fee for candidates wishing to publish a candidate statement in the voter guide.
Yes. The fee covers the cost of printing and translating your statement in the Sample Ballot. The total deposit required for your statement is $400. Should the actual cost be less than the deposit, the difference will be refunded. Should the actual cost be more than the deposit, a bill for the difference will be mailed to you.
Any registered voter in the jurisdiction, the City of Avalon, may sign a nomination paper. This includes the candidate and/or the circulator. If the circulator is different than the candidate, the circulator must also be a registered voter of the jurisdiction. Each seat on the governing board is a separate office. A voter may sign the number of nomination papers as there are seats available. A nomination paper must contain at least 20, but not more than 30 nominations. A minimum of 20 must be verified for your nomination to be valid.
These signatures will not be counted toward the 20 signatures required for you to run for office. The Los Angeles County Registrars/Recorders Office must verify the signatures on all nomination papers, so file your nomination paper early to avoid this problem. If you wait until the last day of the filing period to file and any sponsor signature, for any reason, is insufficient, it will not be counted toward the required signatures and you may not qualify as a candidate. If you file early, there will be time to check the signatures and notify you of any discrepancies, and you will then have an opportunity to circulate and submit a supplemental nomination paper.
To determine the Vote Center closest to you or to obtain voter information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk website at: www.lavote.net.
You may withdraw as a candidate at any time prior to the close of the nomination period. After that date, you may not withdraw, and your name will appear on the ballot.
No. Check your candidate’s statement carefully before submitting it, as it will be printed exactly as submitted.
The candidate’s statement may be withdrawn but not changed until 5:00 PM the business day following the close of the nomination period.
City of Avalon elections are consolidated with the County of Los Angeles. The City Clerk, as the Local Elections Official, assists candidates in meeting their legal responsibilities before, during, and after an election. From election pre-planning to the certification of official election results from the County, and filing of final campaign disclosure documents, the City Clerk manages the process that forms the foundation of our democratic system of government.
Visit the Avalon Harbor Services page to see all services.
Mooring owners and their designees are the only people able to make reservations for moorings. For all other boaters it is on a first-come, first-served basis.
All mooring assignments are made at the Harbor entrance upon arrival. Please stay outside the mooring field and clear of the fairway. A patrol officer in a red patrol boat will assign you a mooring in person.
All vessels must maintain a 5 MPH or wakeless speed limit in Avalon waters.
There is a 14' maximum limit at all dinghy docks at all times.
Yes, the City Anchorage is located west of the red jetty light on the Casino breakwater. You must anchor at least 300' away from any dive park or mooring can. Plan on a depth of 80'-120' in the anchorage. This area is not patrolled and you anchor at your own risk.
To ensure a peaceful coexistence, all generators must be secured by 10:00PM and not be started before 7:00AM.
On the day of departure, moorings must be vacated by 9:00AM. If you would like to stay later, please contact a patrol officer or the Harbor office before 9:00AM. There are ways to possibly extend the departure time.
All floats, with the exception of the shore-boat float, may be used for loading and unloading. Use of public floats is limited to 10 minutes only. No vessel may be left on a float unattended.
Dockwa is our new cloud-based marina management system that we are phasing in, to be used by mooring owners and lessees, for billing and document submission.
For the most part, the answer is no. However, there are some exceptions that must be approved by the Harbor Master prior to diving. Diving the Valiant and the Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Clean-up are the two most common exceptions. There is a permit process so please contact the Harbor Office.
Yes, however there are some restrictions. All dogs must be leashed and under the owner's control at all times while in Avalon. Dogs must also be muzzled while while on the Green Pleasure Pier. No dogs are allowed on Crescent Ave. or on the beaches.
No, there is a fine for having open-containers of alcohol on the streets of Avalon, the Green Pleasure Pier and floats.
Protecting the pristine waters in our Harbor is a top-priority for The City of Avalon. We have a "Discharge Ordinance" which makes it illegal to empty a vessel's holding tank into Harbor waters. The dye-tablets dissolve and turn bright green. If there is a discharge, the green color makes it very easy to identify. We strive to make sure that every vessel with a holding tank that moors in the Harbor gets dye-tablets placed in all marine heads. We have a zero-tolerance policy for discharges and there are significant penalties for violating this ordinance. Please make sure that your sanitation system is secured while in Avalon Harbor.
Sorry, in an effort to free up dock space for daily dinghy traffic, "A" dock is only for temporary tie-offs. This means that you must have your dinghy off "A" dock between the hours of 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM. Vessels tied to this dock during those hours will be impounded and must be reclaimed by visiting the Harbor Office.
You may take your bagged trash to any dinghy dock. At the top of the ramps at each dock, and on the pier, there are trash bins nearby where you may leave it.
Overnight mooring fees are based on the length of the vessel, not the length of the mooring to which it is assigned. Mooring fees are also affected by the "boating season". We have summer-season, shoulder-season and winter-season special rates.
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For a listing of available employment opportunities, please visit the City of Avalon's Jobs module.
Contact Avalon Environmental Services at 310-510-0240.
Stage 1 Mandatory Water Conservation has restrictions on the use of potable water. These water use restrictions will aid in prolonging our water supplies for the community. Learn more about Phase I Water Conservation.
Visit the City's Agenda Center.
No unless you currently waive medical coverage. If you waive medical coverage you are required to fill out the Waiver form for 2023.
Yes, you may waive coverage by completing the Waiver form and providing proof of coverage.
Yes, loss of coverage is a qualifying event, contact HR as soon as you learn you will lose coverage and they can assist you with your enrollment.
Look at a current paycheck stub for 2023 to look for your current bi-weekly deduction.
No. The City of Avalon no longer uses colored bags to organize recycling. Sorted recycling can be placed in the appropriate receptacle at the curb.
If you currently have trash pick up service on Monday and Thursday, your trash will be collected on Monday and organics and recycling will be collected on Thursday.
If you currently have trash pick up service on Tuesday and Friday, your trash will be collected on Tuesday and organics and recycling will be collected on Friday.
Please contact Avalon Environmental Services at 310.510.0420 to order a recycle cart or organics pail to be delivered.
Any property rental period for a period of 30 days or less is considered transient.
Transient rentals are allowed in any zone within the City with approval of a Transient Rental License, Business License and payment of transient rental occupancy tax (TOT).
The property may not have been a year round rental within the last two years. All bedrooms must meet a minimum size of 70 square feet and have an operable window of no less than 5.7 sq. ft. and must be 3 feet from the property line.
Property on the “flats” area is typically not allowed to include a vehicle with the rental. Deck use is prohibited between 10 pm and 8 am for all properties. Occupancy is limited to two (2) persons per bedroom with possibility of an additional two (2) being approved.
The City assesses a Transient Occupancy Tax of 12% on rent charged for stays of thirty (30) consecutive days or less. Rent subject to tax includes management fees, cleaning fees, and all other non-optional fees associated with the rental activity. Operators are required to collect the tax at the same time the rent is collected and identify the amount of tax separately from the amount of the rent charged. Operators are required to report rental activity and remit taxes collected to the Finance Department on or before the last day of the month following the reported month (e.g. taxes collected for rental activity during the month of June must be reported and remitted to the City by July 31st).
Each rental property is required to have an on-island representative that is available 24/7 to respond to any after hour’s issue with the property. A sign (issued by the City) is required to be posted on the front of the property listing the representative and their contact phone number and the approved occupancy. The representative does not have to be a management company. Chronic complaints regarding the unit may be grounds for renovation of the Transient Rental License.
To allow pets is your decision. However City of Avalon has leash law and a “pick up after your pet” law in all areas of the City. (Disposal bags are available in various locations in dispensers) Dogs are not allowed on the public beaches. Code Enforcement may be issued citations for violations.
Renew the business license every year and pay TOT no less than once in any twelve month period.
Transient Rental Licenses must be reapplied for at the time of a new property owner.
An autoette can measure no more than 130 inches in length (including the bumpers), and 55 inches in width. A full size vehicle can measure no more than 200 inches in length (including the bumpers), and 80 inches in width. There is no maximum weight limitation.
No. Section 4-4.1702 of the Municipal Code states that no automobile, truck, or autoette shall be operated or parked within the City unless a vehicle permit has been obtained.
Right now the City maintains three separate waiting lists for vehicles:
No one can say for sure how long it takes for a name to come off any one of the three waiting lists. Two permits must be ineligible for renewal, or voluntarily surrendered, before a new residential (blue sticker) permit is issued. A commercial or interior commercial permit is issued any time a single existing permit is not renewed.
There can be a number of possible explanations. First, he could be driving an unpermitted vehicle in violation of the Municipal Code. Second, the permit for the vehicle he is driving could be assigned to another person. Third, although your neighbor does not live here, if he is in possession of a vehicle permit prior to April 18, 1989, and has continuously owned property in Avalon since that date, then his permits are grandfathered.
Residential vehicle permits can not be bought and sold. There are limited circumstances which provide for the transfer of a permit from one person to another. Please refer to Section 4-4.1707 of the Municipal Code for specific guidelines for transfer of residential permits.
When a business changes hands, a hearing before the City of Avalon Vehicle Hearing Officer is required to approve the transfer of a commercial vehicle permit. If the new owner plans on continuing the same type of business, and is in possession of a City of Avalon business license, then approval is usually granted.
An adverse decision by the Vehicle Hearing Officer can be appealed before the City Council within 15 days of the date of the written decision, and payment of a $264 appeal fee.
All residential vehicle permits expire on April 1 of each year. Interior resident vehicle permits expire on November 1 of each year. All commercial permits expire one year after the date issued.