Senior Services General Information
The Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers are multi-purpose facilities offering a broad spectrum of services and activities for older adults that enhance their involvement within the community. For more information visit www.irvineseniors.org
Lakeview Senior Center
20 Lake Road
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nutrition Program Keen Center for Senior Resources
Recreation Programs Senior Clubs and Support Groups
Computer Lab Billiards and game rooms
Rancho Senior Center
3 Ethel Coplen Way
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fitness Center Recreation Programs
Game room Senior Clubs and Support Groups
Health and Fitness Programs
Senior Services Programs and Activities
The City of Irvine's Senior Services offers a broad variety of programs and services through the Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers. All classes are taught by College-level instructors, professionals, specialists and volunteers. Programs and activities include arts, crafts, physical fitness, health and education presentations, games, personal enrichment, dance, music, and movies.
For more information, visit www.irvineseniors.org
Senior Clubs and Organizations
Join one of our many clubs to get involved in various organizations at both the Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers. Clubs and services are available to meet your needs, are a great way to stay involved in the community and meet new friends.
Fore more information, visit www.irvineseniors.org
Senior Services Donor Opportunities
Irvine Senior Services has formed unique and beneficial collaborations between businesses, non-profit organizations, volunteers and community groups. Our goal is to maintain the ongoing educational, physical, emotional and social health of the older adult population.
Your donations will go a long way in helping Irvine Senior Services build and sustain the infrastructure that supports the educational, recreational, health and human services provided through the Senior Centers. By supporting these services you are enriching the lives of older adults and ensuring they remain active and a vital force within our community.
For more information, visit www.irvineseniors.org
Support groups are designed to help you deal with physical, emotional and/or care-giving demands that may overtax your coping abilities. The following groups offer an opportunity to share ideas and receive support from others. Call 949-724-6926 for dates and times.
- Caregiver’s Support Group
- Diabetes Education and Support Group
- Low Vision Support Group
- Parkinson’s Caregiver Support Group
- Cancer Support Group - Mandarin
- Living with the Loss of a Spouse
- Compassionate Friends for the Loss of a Child
For the current Support Programs Schedule, CLICK HERE
A variety of free consulting programs are available for older adults. Meet one-on-one with trained professionals. Appointments are required. To make an appointment or for more information, call the Keen Center for Senior Resources at 949-724-6926.
- California Telephone Access Program
- Employment Topics Consultation
- Financial and Investment Counseling
- Flu Shots (seasonal)
- Health Assessment (screening conducted by a professionally trained nurse)
- Health Insurance Counseling (English, Mandarin, Korean and Indian)
- Hearing Testing
- Income Tax Preparation (seasonal)
- Legal Aid (English and Farsi)
- Legal Counseling (wills and trusts)
- Medical Equipment Loan Out
- Ombudsman - Advocacy for Licensed care facilities
- Veteran's Assistance
To view the current Assistance Programs Schedule, CLICK HERE
Transportation - TRIPS Program
In addition to regular public transportation, the Community Services TRIPS Program is the City's low cost, door-to-door transportation for Irvine residents (18+) who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability. Registration and Eligibility Determination Required. The program currently has a registration processing period of up to 2 weeks for services that include: medical appointments, work, school, social, etc. Call for the availability of grocery shopping and senior center Shuttle Services. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible. For more information on services, contact the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-2p.m. at 949-724-7433.
Health Insurance Programs
Medicare and HMO Consultations are available at the Lakeview Senior Center through Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy (HICAP).
Wednesdays Weekly 9:30 a.m to noon
3rd Tuesday Monthly 9:30 a.m. to noon
2nd Tuesday Monthly 1 to 3 p.m.
For more information call 949-724-6926
Medicare and Medicaid are joint federal and state programs that help to provide medical care for eligible senior, disabled, or needful citizens. Medical assistance eligibility is based mainly on eligibility for Social Security. These programs help pay charges for hospitalization, stays in skilled nursing facilities, physicians' charges, and some associated health costs. There are limitations on the length of stay and type of care. For more information about Medicare or Medicaid, please call 1-800-633-4227, or visit their website at www.medicare.gov
Social Security Administration
The U.S. Social Security Administration provides financial assistance such as welfare and unemployment benefits as well as other services to seniors, disabled citizens, and low income residents across the country. Contact the Social Security Administration directly for answers to Social Security questions. Social Security Adminstration offices are located at:
1. 26051 Acero Rd., Mission Viejo, CA 92691 949-581-9096
2. 1851 East First Street #500, Santa Ana, CA 92705 800-772-1213
3. 17075 Newhope Street in Fountain Valley, CA 92708 714-966-2466
For general information, a listing of services, or specific questions, contact the Administration at 1-800-772-1213, or visit their website at www.ssa.gov
The operation of motorized scooters is codified in the California Vehicle Code, Article 5, sections 21220 -23330.
The following is a synopsis of the law.
Definition of a motor scooter
Any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an electric motor, or gasoline two-stroke engine and is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion. V.C. 407.5
Effective January 1, 2005 (AB 1878, Chan) a new law requires users of motorized scooters to possess a valid Class C driver’s license or instruction permit. Previously no license was required. The law is also amended to prohibit operating a scooter on a highway or offhighway unless it has a properly maintained muffler in constant operation. It also prohibits sale of a scooter the produces more than 80 decibels at a distance of 50 feet.
A motorized scooter may not be propelled at a speed in excess of 15 MPH. The operator of a motorized scooter shall not operate it on a highway (which also includes city streets) with a speed limit in excess of 25 MPH, unless the motorized scooter is operated within a bike lane. V.C. 22411
Registration, Insurance and License Requirements
A motorized scooter is not required to be registered and no proof of financial responsibility (vehicle insurance) is required. V.C. 21224
Note: Your insurance policies may not provide coverage for accidents involving the use of these scooters. To determine if coverage is provided, you should contact your insurance company or agent.
Must Comply With the Vehicle Code
Every person operating a motorized scooter upon a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the provisions applicable to the driver of a vehicle ... including but not limited to, provisions concerning driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs. V.C. 21221
Night Provisions / Equipment
Motorized scooters operated during hours of darkness are required to have the proper lighting equipment and reflectors. Required is a headlight visible 300 feet to the front, red reflector visible 500 feet to the rear and white or yellow side reflectors visible 200 feet. V.C. 21223
Rules of the Road
A motor scooter traveling at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction at that time shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway except when: V.C. 21228
Overtaking and passing another vehicle
Preparing for a left turn, the operator shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the roadway and complete the turn by crossing the roadway on foot, subject to the restrictions placed on pedestrians.
If a bike lane exists, any person operating a motorized scooter upon the roadway shall ride within the bicycle lane except for provisions in V.C. 21228. V.C. 21229
Brake, Speed, Helmet, Age of Rider, Passengers, Handlebars, Sidewalks
The operator of a motorized scooter shall not do any of the following:
Operate a motorized scooter when the operator is under the age of 16 years old.
Operate a motorized scooter without wearing a properly fitted and fastened bicycle helmet per 21212 VC. (Roller Blade and Skateboard helmets do not meet the requirement).
Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package, bundle, or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.
Operate a motorized scooter with any passengers in addition to the operator.
Operate a motorized scooter unless it is equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make a braked wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
Operate a motorized scooter upon a sidewalk.
Operate a motorized scooter on the highway with the handlebars raised so that the operator must elevate his or her hands above the level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area.
Leave a motorized scooter on its side on any sidewalk, or parked on a sidewalk in any other position, so that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic. V.C. 21235
The above listed laws went into effect on January 1, 2000 (licensing requirement on January 1, 2005) and will be enforced by the officers of the Irvine Police Department. If you wish to report a violation, call (949) 724-7200.
City Employment Application Procedures for Full-Time Positions
The first step in the process is appyling. Applications are ONLY accepted online. After the application deadline, Human Resources will review the materials submitted by all applicants. Based on the information provided, the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the selection process. Each recruitment's selection process consists of various "tests" designed to assist us in predicting your abilities for the specific position being recruited; therefore, each selection process may be different depending on the type of job for which you are applying. Usually, our testing process will consist of one or more of the following:
- Written Test – Written tests are designed to test general aptitude or specific knowledge of the technical aspects of the job for which you are applying. You may wish to thoroughly review the job flier to familiarize yourself with the areas which may be tested. Casual and comfortable attire is appropriate.
- Performance/Practical or Agility Examination – Practical examinations are typically given for positions which require a specialized skill or ability, such as typing proficiency or the operation of special equipment. You may or may not be given prior information regarding the content of the exam, depending on the nature of the job for which you are applying. If you are informed of the general content of the exam in advance, we encourage you to take the opportunity to practice your skills. It is important for you to dress in clothes that are comfortable, yet appropriate, for the skills you will be demonstrating.
- Assessment Centers – This testing method is generally used for mid- and upper-level management positions. If you are asked to participate in an assessment center, it would be to your advantage to research the position thoroughly and be prepared to draw upon your direct and related experience and/or training.
- Oral Interviews – Those applicants who are successful in passing the initial testing and/or screening process(es) will be invited to an oral interview. Oral interviews are typically conducted by a panel of qualified subject matter experts. Please dress in professional attire which is appropriate for the position for which you are applying. We recommend that you research the job thoroughly to determine what knowledge and skills may be evaluated during the interview. Keep in mind that you will be asked to discuss your qualifying background. You may want to prepare by practicing an opening statement regarding your specific education and experience. Try to relax and provide concise but complete responses to the panel's questions. The interview will last approximately 20 - 45 minutes, depending on the position for which you are applying.
Following the selection process, Human Resources will notify you, in writing, of the results of the recruitment. If you are successful in passing the selection process, your name will be placed on an eligibility list for the current position opening as well as any future positions which may become available for up to 12 months after the eligibility list was established. Depending on the number of candidates who were successful in being placed on the eligibility list, the City Department which is attempting to fill the vacant position may elect to second interview some or all of the candidates who are on the eligibility list prior to making a final decision to hire.
Reference Checks will be conducted by the City to verify employment related information for all potential employees prior to extending a job offer. This is done to ensure that individuals who join the City workforce are well qualified and have a strong potential to be successful in their employment here at the City of Irvine. The extent of the inquiry will depend on the position being applied for, but will at least include:
- Verification/Reference from current and past employers.
- Fingerprint and Department of Justice criminal background check (a conviction for a crime is not an automatic bar to employment).
- Confirmation of necessary licenses, certificates, and degrees.
Please have all necessary documentation ready.
Additional inquiries may be necessary depending on the position for which you are applying.
Human Resources will also schedule a post-offer physical examination once a job offer has been made.
Vehicles that have been abandoned for over 72 hours can be reported to the Irvine Police Department to be marked for Abandoned Auto. This includes all vehicles in public sight that are inoperable for any reason. 72 hours after the vehicle has been marked it can be towed at the owners expense. To report an abandoned vehicle, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200.
Access Barrier (Access Irvine)
If you encounter any kind of accessibility barrier during your travels about town be sure to report the information to the Office of Disability Services. An accessibility barrier may include, but is not limited to, inaccessible restaurants or businesses, broken pedestrian signals, and inaccessible curb-cuts.
A report will be taken and forwarded to the governing City Department for investigation and remediation. For more information regarding Access Irvine or to file a report, call (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Accounts Payable/ 1099's
Vendors requesting a W-9, please call (949) 724-6042.
Customers requesting a W-9, please call (949) 724-6049 or 6048.
Accounts Payable/ Check Status
For status of a current City check, call Accounts Payable during normal working hours Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed alternate Fridays). If the company or person's last name starts with a letter between "A and L," call (949) 724-6041, and if it begins with a letter between "M and Z," call (949) 724-6047.
Accounts Payable/ Electronic Payments
To set up an account for electronic payment, contact the City's Finance Department and they can fax or e-mail the information to you. Their number is (949) 724-6042.
Accounts Payable/ Lost Checks
If you have lost a city-issued check, contact the Accounts Payable Department at (949) 724-6042.
Accounts Payable/ Old Checks
You have 90 days to cash a city-issued check. For more information, contact the City's Accounts Payable Department at (949) 724-6042.
To reach the City's Accounts Receivable Department call (949) 724-6048 or (949) 724-6049 during regular business hours.
Accounts Receivable/ Accepted Types of Payment
The City of Irvine accepts cash, Amercian Express, Discover, Mastercard and VISA for payments. You can make a cash payment in person at the Irvine Civic Center, which is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine or you can make a payment over the phone with your American Express, Discover, Mastercard or VISA at (949) 724-6048 or (949) 724-6049.
Accounts Receivable/ Change Billing Name for Development Deposit
To change a billing name for Development Deposit you must submit your request in writing and mail it to: City of Irvine, Accounts Receivable, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606. For more information, call (949) 724-6048 or (949) 724-6049.
Accounts Receivable/ Request Duplicate Invoice
To request a duplicate invoice, contact the City's Accounts Receivable Department at (949) 724-6048 or (949) 724-6049
Accounts Receivable/ Request W9
To request a W9 form, contact Clarissa Brangwin at (949) 724-6042.
Activities and Events for Persons With Disabilities
The City of Irvine’s Disability Services provides a variety of events and excursions for youth and adults with disabilities. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to Irvine Residents. Events fill quickly and waiting lists are common. Payment is due before the event and registration for all events (excluding dances) is required.
If you wish to receive more information regarding the City’s events for persons with disabilities, register for an event or be added to the event mailing list, call (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Irvine Adult School, affiliated with the Irvine Unified School District, in Irvine, provides educational offerings for adults ages 18 and over. Classes are offered in English as a Second Language (ESL), Citizenship, Vocational Education, GED Test Preparation, and Parent Education.
The Administrative Office for Irvine Adult School is located at 3387 Barrancay Parkway, Irvine, California 92606, and their telephone number is (949) 936-7457. For more information, visit their website at www.irvineadultschool.com/IAS/
Adventure Playground - University Community Park
For current information on Adventure Playground's re-opening, please click here.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, is the last stage of the HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
AIDS Services Foundation, Orange County, helps more than 1,500 men, women, children, and families in Orange County living with HIV disease.
AIDS Services Foundation, Orange County, is located in Irvine at 17982 Skypark Circle, Suite J, Irvine CA 92614. You may contact them at (949) 809-5700, or visit their website at www.ocasf.org
Any citizen or group who wishes to serve alcohol on public or commercial property within the City of Irvine needs to contact the Alcohol, Beverage and Control (ABC) department at (714) 558-4101. Additionally, the citizen or group also needs to contact the Community Development department regarding having alcohol at a city location. The Community Development phone number is (949) 724-6471. If the reason for an alcohol permit is because of a special event, you need to contact the Public Safety's Special Event Coordinator at (949) 724-7022. The Coordinator will advise you if a additional permits are needed for your event. If additional permits are needed, you may also be required to pay for police officers to be on hand for the event.
Alcohol Use At City Facilities/Parks
Alcohol is allowed in certain City facilities and at parks available for reservation. An Alcohol Permit, ABC License, Security, Insurance, and a Certified Bartender may be required. An alcohol use fee will also apply. For further information on these items, call Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620.
Facility Reservations Home Page
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a volunteer organization whose mission is to help provide life-saving and survival necessities to those in need. The organization offers food, housing, and clothing, to disaster survivors, helps feed and clothe needful or homeless citizens, and organizes blood and organ drives to help assist local health organizations. They are always looking for gifts of food and clothing, blood, and volunteers, to help them in their quest. For more information, or to find out when their next blood drive will occur, contact their Orange County Chapter Office located at 601 N Golden Circle Drive, or call them at (714) 481-5300, or visit their website at www.oc-redcross.org
Americans with Disabilities Act
Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was written to protect the rights of people with disabilities and to prohibit discrimination in employment, transportation, government services, public facilities and education.
Are you covered under ADA? Ask yourself the following: Do you have a medical, physical or mental impairment that is serious enough to affect one or more of your major life activities such as walking, talking, thinking or speaking? Do you have a medical, developmental, or "hidden" disability such as cancer, heart disease or epilepsy? Do you have a record of having a disability in the past, even though you have recovered? Do you feel you are discriminated against because you have a disfiguration even though it does not limit your activities? Are you a family member of someone with a disability?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your rights are protected under the ADA. For more general information about ADA, go to www.usdoj.gov or call the Department of Justice at (800) 514-0301 (TTY 1-800-514-0383). .
Amphitheatre Event and Ticket Information/ Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is located at 8808 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.
For event and ticket information, call (949) 855-8095, or click on the following web site link: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Ticket Information
Application for Appointive Position
Application for Appointive Position
Aquatics Center Programs - William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center
The William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center is located adjacent to Irvine High School at 4601 Walnut Avenue. The center is the host to a variety of activities offered by the City of Irvine and many local swim clubs. A variety of activities are offered from swim lessons to swim teams, water polo and synchronized swimming, Dive In Movies and Lap Swim. Whether you are a Senior interested in Water Aerobics or a mom and toddler looking for some fun in the pool... we have something for everyone. For more information about the specific programs please call or visit:
William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center
Link to Local Swim Clubs
Assessment District Bonds
Assessment District Bond information can be obtained during normal business hours by calling Gemma Calilong, Senior Accountant, at (949) 724-6038.
Outstanding Athletic Facilities are located throughout Irvine and are supervised by the City's Athletic Services section. The staff coordinates the allocation and reservation process of all City-owned sports fields.
For more info: Irvine's Athletic Field Sites.
Audio/Video Recordings of City Council and Commission Meetings
Requests for Audio/Visual Recordings
Babysitting Safety Tips For Babysitters
Babysitting can be an excellent way to give children safe and affordable child care right in their homes. Babysitters should consider the following safety tips:
- Learn as much as possible about the family.
- Minors should receive their parents' permission before sitting for a family.
- Learn the child's medical history, likes, and habits, and the parents' rules.
- Plan for emergency situations. Look for smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and a fire escape plan. Become familiar with the house, and find alternate ways of getting out.
- Post emergency telephone numbers for fire, police, rescue squads, poison control, and family doctors, and the number where the child's parents can be reached.
- Your parents should be the only people who know you are babysitting. Keep all doors locked.
- When answering a phone call, explain that the person they wish to speak to cannot come to the phone now and offer to take a message.
- Keep children out of the kitchen when cooking.
The many resources available to teens and young adults who babysit include:
Basketball - Adult Leagues
Adult Basketball Leagues are forming; call today to register! The Community Services Department is proud to offer one of the most successful adult Basketball Leagues in Southern California. For more details click here.
Irvine Adult Sports-Basketball
Portable basketball hoops left in the public right-of-way create safety problems for motorists and pedestrians. They create hazards to motorists when left in the street. They create hazards to pedestrians and our disabled community when left on the sidewalks. In addition, portable basketball hoops left in the street restrict street sweepers from cleaning the gutter area thoroughly.
The City of Irvine requests that home owners place unattended basketball hoops back onto their property when they are not in use. By removing basketball hoops from streets and sidewalks, you can ensure that the public right-of-way remains free of obstructions that can cause injury to residents and damage to vehicles. The street sweeper will also be able to access the gutter area..
If you have any questions, please call Public Works at (949) 724-7600. (Hours of Operation)
Better Business Bureau
The Better Business Bureau of San Diego serves Orange, San Diego and Imperial counties and is one of nearly 200 Better Business Bureaus across the U.S. and Canada. If you suspect consumer fraud or would like to receive more information or file a complaint, contact the Bureau's local office. They are located at 4747 Viewridge Ave., Suite 200, San Diego, CA. They can be reached by phone at 800-600-7050 or visit their website at http://sandiego.bbb.org/Contact-BBB/
All bicycles that are operated in The City of Irvine are required to have a bicycle license from the Irvine Police Department. Licensing is free, but the bicycle must be in safe working condition to be licensed. You must also report the bicycle make, model, and serial number. This helps police and other officials track your bicycle should it be lost or stolen. When you apply, you will receive a license decal to be placed on your bicycle and a pamphlet outlining bicycle safety tips and regulations. For more information, or to license your bicycle, contact the Irvine Police Department located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by calling (949)724-7000.
Bike Trails Maintenance
The City of Irvine Public Works Department regularly inspects and sweeps all off-street bike trails on a weekly basis. If you notice any problems on the bike trails, please contact the Street Maintenance Division with the location and observed problem, between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (949) 724-7600.
Bike Trails Maps
The City of Irvine Bikeways Map illustrates the on-street and off-street bikeways constructed throughout the City, as of August 2006. The Bikeways Map and important safety information can be viewed and/or downloaded from the City's website. For additional information, call (949) 724-7365.
When a birth has taken place in Irvine, copies of a birth certificate are available through The Orange County Clerk - Recorder's Office, located in Santa Ana.
- The address of the Orange County Clerk - Recorder is: The Hall of Finance and Records, 12 Civic Center Plaza, Room 106, Santa Ana, California 92701. This office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays.
- The address of the South County Branch Office is: Laguna Hills Civic Center, 24021 El Toro Road, Suite 150, Laguna Hills, California, 92653. THis office is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.
- The phone number is (714) 834-2500.
- For more information visit their website at: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Website Link
Contact the American Red Cross for blood donation information at (800) GIVE LIFE.
There are several donor sites located in Orange County, including one in Laguna Hills at Laguna Hills Donor Center, 22971 Mill Creek Drive, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, (cross street: Lake Forest Drive). For information on other donor sites, contact the American Red Cross Orange County Chapter Office at (714) 481-5300, or visit their website www.oc-redcross.org
Bommer Canyon is a rustic, former Cattle Camp and a wonderful setting for special events such as parties, company picnics, weddings, family reunions and campouts. The fifteen-acre facility includes picnic-tables sheltered by a lush Sycamore canopy, a covered stage area, a barbeque pit, a large Chuck Wagon suitable for food preparation and service, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a fire ring, and lots of open space. For availability, pricing information or to make a reservation call the City's Facility Reservations department at 949-724-6620. For general information or to schedule a walk-through of the facility please call the Nature Center at 949-724-6738, or visit our website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org.
Boomers! Amusement Park
Boomers! is a family amusement park, owned and operated by Palace Entertainment, and it is located at 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine, CA 92612. Their telephone number is (949) 559-8341.
For more information, visit their website at www.boomersparks.com
Bounce Houses at City Community Parks
Bounce Houses are permitted at most community parks with a $30 Bounce House permit and a Picnic area reservation. Bounce Houses are also permitted at select non-reservable parks with just a $30 permit. Bounce House Vendors must provide the appropriate information to the City (business license and proof of liability insurance). The public is not permitted to bring their personally owned equipment. For a list of vendors already approved click here.
Major bridges in the City of Irvine are inspected every two years to ensure that problems are identified early and rectified. Public Works can then schedule repairs, as necessary, to protect the traveling public. For information, or to report a problem with any bridge in the City of Irvine, contact the Public Works Department at (949) 724-7600. (Hours of Operation)
Burglary Prevention for Businesses
Security is an important part of business management, just as important as inventory control, advertising, pricing and location. Good security practices can save money and time and lessen the vulnerability of your business as a criminal's next target. Make your business uninviting to a burglar by using lighting inside and outside. Lighting should be in areas such as entrances, windows and alleys. Inside the business, it is important to use lighting to reduce hiding places for thieves. Make it difficult for burglars to get inside your business by using heavy solid doors, deadbolt locks and an alarm system. Make sure that skylights, vents, loading docks, sidewalk grilles or other openings are secured. Do not keep large amounts of cash on the premises. Make bank deposits at varying times of the day. If a retail establishment upon closing, remove cash & checks, leave cash registers open and tills sitting on the counter to indicate that there is no money on the premises. Alarm systems can be very helpful as deterrents and in helping to catch burglars as long as they are properly installed, used correctly by employees and maintained. To report suspicious activity or persons or for more information, call the the Irvine Police Department at (949)724-7000.
According to the Irvine Municipal Code, any person doing business, conducting any trading, calling or practicing any profession within the City of Irvine and any person opening an office for a place of business or by the use of signs or otherwise advertising any trade, business or profession within the City of Irvine, shall apply for and obtain a business license certificate with the Irvine Police Department - Business License section. However, prior to filling out an application for a business license, the business owner or representative needs to contact Community Development to determine if the location is zoned properly for the potential business and they can assist you with determining what appropriate licenses and permits are needed for the business. Community Development is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza and the phone number is (949) 724-6470. Once Community Development has approved the type of business and location, a business license application must be completed. Applications can be found at the Community Development counter, Business License desk or on the city's website. Office hours for Community Development are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The business license office is located at 1 Civic Center and office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Business licenses must be renewed annually through the department and the license fee is $51 a year. Late fees do apply. Some businesses may require additional licenses. For example, certain contractors, hair dressers, automobile repair businesses, etc. must have a license from the State of California - Department of Consumer Affairs. Food-related businesses must be cleared by the Health Department. Liquor stores and desiring restaurants must obtain liquor licenses from the Alcohol, Beverage and Control department in order to sell alcoholic beverages at the location. For a complete list of specific business license requirements, or for more information about obtaining a license or renewing an existing license, call the Business License department at (949) 724-6310, or visit the website at: www.cityofirvine.org/license.
Cable Television Service
Cox Communications provides cable television for The City of Irvine.
To inquire about starting, stopping, or transferring cable service, or to answer your cable billing or service question, contact Cox Communications, located at 6771 Quail Hill Parkway, Irvine, CA 92602 (Quail Hill Village Center, Sand Canyon/ Shady Canyon Drive exit on the 405 freeway), from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. For assistance, you may call their Customer Service Department at (949) 240-1212.
For more information visit their website at www.cox.com/oc
CAFR - When is it Available?/ Request Copy
The City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is finalized each January and must be adopted by the City Council before it is posted on the City's web site and copies are made available to the public. Call the Administrative Secretary in Finance at (949) 724-6025 for availability dates.
You may request a copy of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) through the City's Office of Records and Information at (949) 724-6281. In order to be placed on the permanent, yearly distribution list of the CAFR, you must receive approval from the Finance Administrator at (949) 724-6031 or the Manager of Fiscal Services at (949) 724-6037.
Cemeteries - General Information
Currently, there are no cemeteries located in the City of Irvine. The Orange County Cemetery District owns and operates three cemeteries within The County of Orange.
- Anaheim Cemetery is located at 1400 East Sycamore Street, Anaheim, CA 92805 and the phone number is (714) 535-4928.
- El Toro Memorial Park can be found at 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630 and the phone number is (949) 951-8244.
- Santa Ana Cemetery is located at 1919 East Santa Clara Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705 and the phone number is (714) 953-2959.
All cemeteries are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Inquiries of any of the cemeteries regarding records, grave space sales or other information may be made by contacting the The Orange County Cemetery District Office, located in Lake Forest at 25751 Trabuco Road. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the office by phone, call (949) 951-9102, or visit their website at http://www.occemeterydistrict.com/index.cfm
Chamber of Commerce - General Information
The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization designed to support the business interests of the community and to provide services and information to the residents and visitors of Irvine about local businesses. The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with The City of Irvine.
The Irvine Chamber of Commerce offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays. They are located at 2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92614.
For more information about services and programs that the Irvine Chamber of Commerce offers, call (949) 660-9112, or visit their website at www.irvinechamber.com Once again, that number is (949) 660-9112.
Child Care Center Operational Requirements
Parties wishing to operate child care facilities within the City of Irvine must meet strict State and local operational requirements before they can admit children. A child care center must first receive a State license to operate a facility for fewer than twenty-four hours a day for the care of children who are not related to the owner, operator, or manager of the facility. The facility may be operated with or without compensation for such care and with or without stated educational purposes. Twenty-four hour care may be provided in day care centers on an emergency basis only. Child care providers are required to meet and adhere to State and local regulations, such as a protective service and criminal records check, TB skin tests on all facility members, and a home study. Regulations are enforced by the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, which is responsible for periodic inspections of all child care facilities. Child care centers may operate either in business districts or in residential districts with a conditional use permit. For more information about opening a child care center, please click here.
Child Care Coordination Office
The City of Irvine's Child Care Coordination Office provides a variety of services designed to enhance and maintain the quality of child care in the community. Members of our City staff work with individuals, agencies, and businesses to help provide quality services for children.
Services and programs provided by the Child Care Coordination Office include:
1. Resources and referral for families with children ages 0-12 years.
2. Lending library to Child Resource Center members
3. Professional growth opportunities for early childhood education professionals.
4. Child care business and site development support.
For further information, contact the Child Care Coordination Office at (949) 724-6632 or visit their Web site at w w w dot irvine child care dot org www.irvinechildcare.org. Once again, that number is (949) 724-6632.
Child Care Programs in Irvine
The Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, and the City of Irvine Child Care Coordination Office aspire to keep parents informed about the best ways their children can receive quality, safe child care.
To access a full list of licensed child care centers located within the City of Irvine and information about choosing quality child care, please click here.
Child Resource Center
The Child Resource Center provides residents with a member-based lending library that includes: child development, parenting, curriculum, child care administration and family child care business books, DVDs and training materials; children's books, music CDs, and educational toys; and, lamination and die cut machines. Please visit Child Resource Center's website, or call (949) 724-6721 for further information.
Child Safety Program/Safe Escape
The Safe Escape Program is a very important presentation that will help teach families the "Velcro", "Bicycle", and "Windmill" techniques (among others) that can help children reconize and/or escape from potential predators . Families participate with their children in role-playing to ensure the children understand and become proficient in these techniques. For more information, contact the Irvine Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (949) 724-7079.
Child Seat Inspections
Perhaps you've heard the statistics: four out of five car seats are not installed correctly. What could possibly be so difficult about installing a car seat? Many times the car seat just doesn't fit the inside contours of the automobile, says Pamela Bryant, R.N., Manager of Community Education at Children's Hospital of Orange County and Orange County SAFE KIDS Coordinator. Without a snug, tight fit, the car seat cannot provide full protection during a collision. The result may be fatal, even at speeds as low as 30 miles per hour.
Irvine Police participates in countywide Child Car Seat Inspection Days sponsored by Orange County SAFE Kids, Orange County Health and CHOC Hospital. They are held throughout Orange County and hosted by area businesses. These events allow parents to have their car seats installed properly, learn information on recalls, and are staffed by trained, knowledgeable people able to answer questions that arise. Car seats are also available to those in need at a reduced price. Find out about the next Inspection Day at:
Basic Car Seat Information
Installing the Car Seat
Before installation, check your car owner's manual as well as the instructions that come with the car seat. Your owner's manual will indicate the best location for the car seat. It will also identify what type of seat belt restraint system your car has and whether a locking clip is necessary. Install it per the car seat manufacturer's instructions. After installation, test the seat. Pull it as hard as you can sideways and from front to back. It should be rigid. If there is more than one inch of "give", the car seat is not safely installed.
Other Important Do's and Don'ts
- Do not put blankets or pillows between your child and the seat
- Buy one car seat for each car. Once it's installed correctly, why move it?
- Complete the warranty card
- Never buy a used seat
For More Information:
These web sites can be trusted to provide updated and concise information about Child Passenger Seats. Check them regularly for updates!
The City of Irvine continually seeks to create a safe, vibrant, and productive environment by meeting its citizens' needs with the highest quality of service. Our operations span the spectrum of daily life. Before getting your next pet, starting your own business, looking for a job, buying a house, or getting your next flu shot, check out our listing of city services. Irvine publishes a new listing every year that guides you through the multitude of government services, pointing out services and events that are completely free to the public or offer benefits to low income or special needs citizens. For more information, call (949) 724-6000.
There are many different ways your voice can be heard to directly improve the quality of service that The City of Irvine provides you, your family, or your business.
While public meetings, hearings, and debates are an excellent place to make a suggestion or address a problem on a broad scale, the most effective path of communication is usually directly with the department or program concerned. Customer Response Forms are available at the counters of each department so that you may rate your satisfaction with services received.
Please request these forms if they are not displayed. You may also complete these forms by phone or internet by either calling the department directly. Our goal is to provide you with responsive quality service. For a listing of department phone numbers and addresses, call the The City of Irvine's main number at (949) 724-6000.
City Council Meeting Agendas and Staff Reports
City Council Meeting Agendas and Staff Reports
City Council Meetings
City Council Meetings
City Manager's Office
The City Manager's Office is responsible for the implementation of decisions established by the Irvine City Council, and the coordination of those efforts through the various City departments. The City Manager's office includes legislative support, policy implementation, budget development and strategic planning, economic development, elections, communication services and legal service functions of the City. In addition, the office provides leadership for the operational departments, Sister Cities program coordination, and management of the MCAS El Toro reuse effort
For more information on the City Administrative Offices, call (949) 724-6246 or visit the City Manger's Office web site link: City Manager's Office Web site Link
City of Irvine Employment
Our goal at the City of Irvine is to attract and retain a highly talented and qualified workforce. If you enjoy working in a challenging and innovative work environment and are motivated by providing excellent municipal services to a community with high standards, we encourage you to apply for a position with the City of Irvine!
If you are considering employment with the City of Irvine, or are currently participating in the application process, you may wish to browse through the Job Opportunities section or link directly to the City's Recruitment Process page. The information provided on these pages will help to familiarize you with the City's testing processes and provide you with a summary of important employment application instructions.
Whether you are interested in pursuing a career with the City of Irvine, or wish to contribute to the Irvine community by volunteering your valuable time and efforts to one of our many City programs, the Human Resources staff would like to offer our helpful services to you. You may contact us at 949-724-6200.
The City of Irvine is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, veteran status, sex, or pregnancy. All personnel actions and selection techniques are based upon job-related qualifications and successful job performance.
City's Tax Identification Number
The City's Tax I.D. number is 95-2759391.
The Irvine Civic Center is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza (on the corner of Harvard Avenue and Alton Parkway) in Irvine. The mailing address is P.O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623-9575. The phone number is (949) 724-6000.
The Hours of Operation are Monday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m - 5 p.m.
Civic Center Building Maintenance and Parking Lot Light Maintenance
To report non-emergency building maintenance and parking lot lighting items at the Civic Center, call (949) 724-6696. To report emergency or safety requests on a weekend, or after 5 p.m. weekdays, call Public Safety Dispatch at (949) 724-7200. .
Class Instructors - Class Proposal/Advertising
Instructors seeking to teach classes, please visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/employment/teach_a_class.asp
To advertise in the Activity Guide, visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/classreg/default.asp e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-724-6663.
Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park
Park staff office: 949 724-6715, Picnic and Garden Reservations: 949 724-6620 and Softball and Soccer Field Reservations: 949 724-6830 or 724-6661.
Commissions and Committees - General Information
Commissions and Committees
Community Development Department - General Information
The Community Development Department oversees the review of development projects in the City of Irvine. The Department provides professional City staff guidance and information to the developers and homeowners to ensure that all developments and construction meet appropriate planning and building codes to protect public safety. The department's goal is to ensure that community values are reflected in the physical environment. The department focuses on planning and implementing standards that maintain the City's high quality of life as the City continues to develop and mature. The City encourages a balance of inviting and safe residential communities, vibrant commercial centers, and varied manufacturing and employment opportunities. The Department consists of three divisions: Planning and Development Services; Housing and Redevelopment; and Building and Safety.
For more information please contact Community Development by calling (949) 724-6470, or visit the web site link: Community Development Web site Link
Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
The City of Irvine began its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program in October 2000. This eight week course covers: Disaster Operations, Disaster Psychology and Team Organization, First Aid, Fire Suppression, Light Search and Rescue. This course cumulates with an exercise where students can test the skills they have learned. CERT graduates are trained to care for their families and their neighbors in the event of a local disaster. For further information contact the Irvine CERT Program Manager at (949) 724-7054, or visit the web site link:
Irvine CERT Program Web site Link
Currently, there are two hosptials located in the City of Irvine, and several hospitals that may serve our citizens' medical needs located in surrounding areas of Orange County:
Community Police Academy
As part of the Irvine Police Department’s community policing effort, the Community Police Academy is an educational program designed to provide participants with real-life, hands-on experience about the everyday operations of our department. Participants don’t just sit in a classroom either; much of the instruction involves hands-on experience! Just some of the courses include:
- Arrest & Control Response
- Special Weapons Unit Demonstration
- Emergency Vehicle Operations
- Orange County Jail Tour
The Community Police Academy is a 14-week program. Classes are held each Wednesday from 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Irvine Police Department. The class culminates the 14-week program with a formal graduation banquet and ceremony that family and friends can attend. The next Academy begins in September 2005.
Minimum age for participation is 21. Participants must live or work within the City of Irvine.
Participants cannot have any prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within one year of application. A background check, including fingerprinting, will be conducted on all applicants. Prior police contacts and arrests will be reviewed and considered in the screening process.
To apply for participation in a CPA Class, download an application and mail it in, or call Katie Brannen at (949) 724-7045. For additional information, you may contact the CPA Program Coordinator at email@example.com or (949)724-7045.
Are you a Community Police Academy past participant? Join the Community Police Academy Alumni Association. Contact the Alumni Association here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Services Commission
Community Services Commission
Concealed Weapon Permits
If you are interested in obtaining a CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) permit, please contact Sergeant Gary Wyatt at (949) 724-7041, or you can email him at email@example.com for further information.
The State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs has a division that consumers can receive information about businesses and business regulations as well as report problems or concerns about area businesses. For assistance or further information, write to the California Department of Consumer Affairs at 1625 North Market Blvd., Suite N 112, Sacramento, CA 95834 or call them at 1-800-952-5210, or visit their website at www.dca.ca.gov.
Contractor Bidding Information
Purchasing services in the City of Irvine are provided through the City’s Administrative Services Department, Fiscal Services Division, Purchasing section.
The Purchasing section’s goal is to ensure the acquisition of quality goods and services at the best value to the City. The section also oversees the competitive bidding process and supplier selection for all City departments. Contracts management services are also provided.
For more information regarding Contractor Bidding, please visit the web site link: Purchasing Department Web site Link.
Court System Information
Irvine Police Department works with various courts to handle the needs of our citizens. Our jurisdictional court is Harbor Justice Center. Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility is located at 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595; you may contact them by calling (657) 622-5400. The web site for the Harbor Justice court system is: www.occourts.org
Lamoreaux Justice Center hears both criminal and civil cases brought against minors and other cases involving families, including petitions for custody and support. For more information call their office at (657) 622-5500, or you may access their website at: http://www.occourts.org/locations/ljc.html
Crime Prevention for Businesses
Free crime prevention assistance for businesses in Irvine is available from the Irvine Police Department. Free informational brochures and a specially-developed program provide suggested crime prevention techniques you may implement to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary, larceny, fraud or other business-related crime. An officer can conduct a security survey of your business and make crime prevention presentations to your employees as well as business and professional groups. For more information about the crime prevention assistance, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000.
If you are inquiring about having a crosswalk installed, an evaluation needs to be performed by Traffic Engineering staff. Not all locations are suitable for the installation of a crosswalk. For more information, contact Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or at firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
Cultural Arts and Activities
The Cultural Arts and Activities Program provides affordable, culturally diverse community events and activities in and around the Irvine Civic Center. Some of these include: Spring Concert Series, Irvine Global Village Festival, Art at the Civic Center, City of Irvine Lecture Series, September Sundays Concert Series and Holiday Chorale Concert. For information about the Cultural Arts and Activities Program or any of the events, click on the Community Calendar button. You may also call the Information Line at (949) 724-6606 or send an email to email@example.com
To insure the safety of Irvine citizens, especially minors, the Irvine Police Department enforces curfew regulations for minors under the age of 18. These regulations make it unlawful for children to loiter, idle, or linger unsupervised in parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, or other public places and buildings between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. of the following day. This law does not apply to a minor accompanied by his or her parent, guardian, or other adult responsible for child care and custody, or in situations where the minor is upon an emergency errand or legitimate business directed by the parent, guardian or adult supervisor or the minor is attending an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the City, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor, or going to or returning home from, without any detour or stop, an official school, religious or other recreational activity supervised by adults and sponsored by the City, a civic organization, or another similar entity that takes responsibility for the minor. Violation of this ordinance will result in a misdemeanor citation being issued to the minor, and can result in the same for the supervising adult if they knowingly permit the minor to violate this regulation. For more information about the curfew regulation, or to report a suspected violation of the law, contact the Irvine Police Department Business Desk at (949) 724-7000.
The City of Irvine offers dance classes throughout the year at various City facilities and also at private facilities in Irvine and other local cities. Lessons are open to persons of all ages and skill levels and are taught by qualified dance instructors. Group classes are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers. Classes are offered in a wide variety of styles, including: ballet, tap, Jazzercize, hip hop, aerobic, ballroom, swing, country and more. For registration information, contact the City of Irvine Program Registration department: 1 Civic Center Plaza Irvine, CA 92606 or call 949-724-6610. To view class schedules and prices visit our website at www.IrvineQuickReg.org.
The Irvine Police Department in conjunction with the Irvine Unified School District and the Tustin Unified School Distict, sponsors the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program, or D.A.R.E. Program, at several Irvine Elementary schools. D.A.R.E. is a drug education and prevention program taught in the 5th or 6th grades with a primary emphasis on helping students to recognize drugs and realize their effects. The program provides accurate information about alcohol and drugs and aims to equip youths with skills needed to resist the peer pressure to experiment with harmful drugs. D.A.R.E. also teaches children decision making skills and provides ideas of alternative ways for kids to spend their time. Additional lessons are also taught on bullying, youth laws, and internet safety. The program is unique in that all instructors are uniformed police officers who dedicate their time to educate the youth of the Irvine Schools . For more information about the D.A.R.E. program, contact the Irvine Police Department main offices, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza , between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (949) 724-7000.
Day Camps at Community Parks
A variety of Day Camps are offered during the winter, spring and summer school breaks at many of the City of Irvine’s Community Parks. The world of discovery and creativity await Irvine’s children and youth with activities including; sports, games, arts and crafts, nature, science, special events and off-site excursions. Program content, day options, fees, times, dates and ages vary from site to site. Please refer to the following website for more information www.IrvineQuickReg.org. or call (949) 724-6610.
When a death has taken place in The City of Irvine, copies of the death certificate are available through The Orange County Clerk - Recorder's Office, located in Santa Ana.
- The address of The Orange County Clerk - Recorder's Office is: The Hall of Finance and Records, 12 Civic Center, Room 106, Santa Ana, California, 92701. This office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed holidays.
- The address of the South County Branch Office is: Laguna Hills Civic Center, 24021 El Toro Road, Suite 150, Laguna Hills, California, 29653. This office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ; closed holidays.
- The phone number is (714) 834-2500.
- For more information visit their website at: Orange County Clerk-Recorder Website
Deerfield Community Park
Deerfield Community Park boasts many amenities including sand volleyball courts, racquetball courts, an 18 hole Disc Golf course, tennis courts and children's play areas. The recreation building, operated by Community Services staff, includes a small multipurpose room with an attached kitchen as well as a separate craft room. The park is located at 55 Deerwood West near the corner of Irvine Center Drive and Deerwood, and is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sunday. Most of the amenities are free and open to the public; however, drop in picnics are limited to groups of fewer than 50. Rooms may be reserved through the Facility Reservations department by calling 949-724-6620, or for more information visit our website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/facilityresv/default.asp.
For more information about staff led activities at Deerfield Community Park call 949-724-6725, or visit their website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/classreg/deerfield_community_park.asp
Demographic data about the City can be obtained through the City’s website at www.cityofirvine.org/about/demographics.asp or through the U.S. Census Bureau’s website at www.census.gov
Directions to the Irvine Civic Center
The Irvine Civic Center is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606-5207
Heading Northbound on I-5:
Exit Culver Drive and Turn Left
Turn Right onto Barranca Parkway
Turn Left onto Harvard Avenue
Heading Southbound on I-5:
Exit Jamboree and turn Right
Turn Left onto Alton Parkway
Turn Left onto Harvard Avenue
Heading Northbound on 405:
Exit Jamboree and turn Right
Turn Right onto Alton Parkway
Turn Left onto Harvard Avenue
Heading Southbound on 405:
Exit Jamboree and turn Left
Turn Right onto Alton Parkway
Turn Left onto Harvard Avenue
Heading Southbound on the Foothill Corridor:
From the 261 Merge onto Jamboree
Turn Left onto Alton Parkway
Turn Left onto Harvard Avenue
The City of Irvine Disability Services provides information and support services to people with disabilities who live or work in Irvine. Services include social/ recreational opportunities for young adults with disabilities, community awareness events, information and referral services, quarterly newsletter, classes and much more. For more information, click on our website irvinedisabilityservices.org or call 949-724-6637. TTY users may call 949-724-6607.
Disability-Related Accommodations for City Meetings and Activities
If you wish to attend a meeting of the City Council or any City Commission and want to request a disability-related accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, or if you require printed materials in an alternate format, please call the City Clerk's Office at least 48 hours in advance at 949-724-6205. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
If you wish to attend any other public meeting or activity sponsored by the City of Irvine and want to request a disability-related accommodation, call Disability Services at 949-724-6637 at least three business days in advance so that appropriate accommodations may be made. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. TTY users may call 949-724-6607.
Disaster Supplies Kit
In the event of a major emergency or disaster, you and your family may need to survive on your own for three days or even more. Prepare now by assembling an emergency supply kit. Water, food and other necessary supplies should be stored in an easily accessible location, and should be updated on a regular basis. Irvine's Emergency Management Office offers free brochures that have more comprehensive information. For more information, call (949) 724-7235.
Here are some of the recommended supplies:
- Flashlight with batteries
- Portable radio with batteries
- Three gallons of water per person
- Non-perishable foods
- Manual can opener
- First aid kit
- Prescribed medications
- Heavy shoes, clothing, gloves
- Plastic garbage bags
- Crescent wrench
- Personal hygiene items
- Pet food
Remember: Many families may have individual needs.....be sure to take these into consideration as you prepare for their safety and comfort following a disaster.
Dissolution of Marriage-Divorce
For Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), contact the Family Law Court, Superior Court of California, Orange County located at Orange County Superior Court, Lamoreaux Justice Center, 341 The City Drive, 7th Floor, Orange, CA 92868.
For more information, call the Lamoreaux Justice Center at (657) 622-5500, or visit their website: http://www.occourts.org/locations/ljc.html.
Donations of cash, goods and in-kind services can be made to the City of Irvine directly, or through the City's affiliated non-profit organization, the Irvine Community Alliance Fund. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. For information regarding donations related to public facilities or community services programs and activities, contact the City's Community Services Department at: (949) 724-6600. For information regarding other donations, contact the City Clerk's office at (949) 724-6205.
Door to Door Solicitation - Permit Required
Persons or businesses selling goods or requesting donations door to door must obtain a business permit from the Irvine Police Department. Any time somebody comes to your door selling something or requesting donations, ask for identification and their permit. A business permit is necessary to solicit anywhere in the City of Irvine, including streets and public buildings as well as private residences. Should a person be soliciting without a valid permit, they are subject to fines and/or arrest. Per Irvine Municipal Code section 2-10-902, Solicitators are also prohibited from soliciting before 9 a.m., on Sundays, any national holiday, and after sunset.
To ensure your safety, never pay or donate cash or valuables to a door to door solicitor, whether they appear legitimate or not. If a solicitor does not have a permit or appears fraudulent, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200.
Driver's Licenses and Permits
Driver's Licenses are issued by The State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may be contacted at 1-800-777-0133.
The following local DMV offices serve Irvine and surrounding communities:
- Costa Mesa: 650 W. 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Laguna Hills: 23535 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
- Santa Ana: 1330 East First Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
- Westminster: 13700 Hoover Street, Westminster, CA 92683
For more information, visit their website at www.dmv.ca.gov
Driving Regulations information can be obtained from the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may be contacted at 1-800-777-0133.
The following local DMV offices serve Irvine and surrounding communities:
- Costa Mesa: 650 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Laguna Hills: 23535 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
- Santa Ana: 1330 East First Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
- Westminster: 13700 Hoover Street, Westminster, CA 92683
For more information, visit their website at www.dmv.ca.gov
Early Childhood Sports Classes
The City of Irvine offers a variety of staff led sports classes for early childhood ages (3-6 years old). These classes offer opportunities for children to experience sports basics in a fun non-competitive atmosphere. Some classes may require parent participation. Classes may include: Saturday Ice Cream Leagues, Fun Time Gymnastics, All Sorts of Sports, Tiny Tigers, Soccer Basics, Half Pint Hoops, Sports and Fitness, Baseball and Basketball Basics, Wide World of Sports n' Games and Soccer Starters. Classes are offered by Community Services staff at the following park sites: Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, Deerfield Community Park, Heritage Park Community Center, Northwood Community Park, Turtle Rock Community Park and University Community Park. For more information about staff led activities at Community Parks please call (949) 724-6610, or visit the website at: www.IrvineQuickReg.org
Earthquakes - General Information
An earthquake is the sudden release of energy when pieces of the earth's crust move against on another. This often occurs along fault lines, which reflect zones of weakness in the earth's crust. Movement along these fault lines is horizontal, vertical, or a combination of both ways. The faults of concern for Irvine include the Inglewood-Newport, the San Andreas, and the San Joaquin Hills faults. Earthquakes can cause buildings and bridges to collapse, down telephone and power lines, and result in fires, explosions, and landslides. Earthquakes can also cause huge ocean waves, called tsunamis, which travel long distances over water until they crash into coastal areas. Earthquakes are measured on the Richter scale, a measurement system that measures the intensity and strength of an earthquake on a scale from 0 to 10. For more information about earthquakes, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Easement Approval Process
Easements are frequently required for a variety of reasons, such as access, drainage sidewalks, or street right-of-way. If your project requires easements to be established, you must complete an application with the Public Works Department and submit it with the application fee. Two copies of the legal description of the easement area, closure calculations, title reports, and the conditions of approval for your project must be included with the application. The City will either approve the application or provide you with comments within fifteen working days of receipt of the application. Upon approval of the easement, the City will have it recorded and return a copy of the recorded document to you. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at One Civic Center Plaza, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on alternate Fridays when City Hall is closed. If you have any questions, you may contact the City’s Right-of-Way Administrator, Tim Kirkham, at (949) 724-6422.
Electric Energy Safety Tips
Electrical energy is vital to the function of our homes and businesses. By conserving electricity, you not only save on your electric bill but you also save the environment. There are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. For more information, contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-655-4555 or visit their website at www.sce.com
Southern California Edison is the electrical utility provider for the City of Irvine, offering convenient 24-hour customer service at 1-800-655-4555.
To establish electric service, for questions about your bill, or to report outages, contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-655-4555. Visit their website at www.sce.com.
Electrical Savings - General
Electrical energy is vital to the function of our homes and businesses. By conserving electricity, you not only save on your electric bill but you also save the environment. There are many steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. For more information, contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-655-4555 or visit their website at www.sce.com
Emergency Broadcast Stations
The Emergency Broadcast System, known as EBS, is a network of commercial radio and television stations that have agreed to broadcast emergency announcements in case of an emergency or disaster. These announcements keep you aware of the nature and immediacy of the emergency, as well as providing instructions regarding evacuation routes, shelter locations, and the like. The majority of area television and radio stations participate in EBS. Your best sources for emergency information for Irvine is the city's website, ICTV Channel 30, or am radio station 1640. For more information about disaster and emergency planning and relief, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Emergency Management Office - General Information
Emergency Management is responsible for the overall preparation, coordination and management of any potential/actual major emergency or disaster within the City of Irvine. The functions of Emergency Management include Planning/Preparation, Training, Education, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The following information will provide a general outline of each of these functions.
Planning/Preparation--Updating the City's Emergency Management Plan, overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the Emergency Operations Center and the Mobile Command Center, and networking with other local agencies and the Orange County Operational Area.
Training--Conducting and scheduling disaster-related training and exercises within the City and in cooperation with other agencies.
Education--Providing emergency awareness and disaster preparedness information to the general public, businesses and schools.
Mitigation--Overseeing the implementation of the City's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Response--Activating the Emergency Operations Center during emergencies, acting as liaison with outside agencies, assisting the Emergency Operations Director as needed.
Recovery--Assisting in the procurement of needed documentation for State and Federal disaster-related reimbursement, participating in evaluation of the infrastructure, arranging for emotional recovery programs as needed.
For more information about Emergency Management, call (949) 724-7235.
Emergency Planning Checklist
When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Citizens need to prepare to be on their own for the first 72 hours after a disaster. Emergency preparedness is important to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
The City of Irvine's Emergency Management Office has identified those disasters which are most common in this area and the ways to prepare for them. For more information, call (949) 724-7235.
Prepare a checklist as the first step in identifying the information you will need to be prepared. Post the list where everyone will see it. Explain how to respond and stay safe during an emergency situation. Plan escape routes from your home and set up a meeting place outside. Show responsible family members how to turn off the main water, gas, and electrical switches. Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones. Choose one out-of-state and one local contact for family members to call if separated during a disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area). Teach children how and when to call these numbers. Assemble disaster supplies kits that includes a battery-powered radio, flashlight, family records and valuables, food, water, and clothing. Take a basic first aid and CPR class. Make arrangements for your pets, as they are not allowed in public shelters. Talk with employers and school officials about their emergency response plans.
Additionally, if you are or live with elderly or disabled persons, there may be other considerations. You might wish to register with the Community Services Department for special needs assistance. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, and friends to aid you in an emergency. Discuss with them your needs, and make sure they know how to operate any necessary equipment. If you live in an apartment building, ask the management to mark accessible exits clearly and to make arrangements to help you evacuate the building. Keep extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, etc., available. Also, keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices you need.
Fax a Request for Verification of Employment along with an Authorization to Release Information form signed by the employee to Human Resources-Payroll at (949) 724-6075, or mail the forms to the City of Irvine, Attention: Payroll, P. O. Box 19575, Irvine, CA 92623-9575.
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Facility Rental Fees
The City of Irvine utilizes six different categories to determine fees for rental of City facilities. To determine the fees applicable to you or your organization, please review the Public Facilities Reservation and Fee Policy: Complete Policies and Fees or contact Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620.
Facility Reservations Home Page
Irvine's Facility Reservations Department is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, on the second floor in the Community Services suite. Operational hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Community centers with various venues for birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, reunions, social events, school functions, fundraisers, dances, and picnics are available for rental. Advance reservations are required. For further information call Facility Reservations at 949-724-6620, or visit the City website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/facilityresv/default.asp.
Facility Reservations Home Page
Fairgrounds/ Orange County Fair & Event Center
The annual Orange County Fair, Centennial Farm, The Ranch, Youth Expo and more than 100 events are held throughout the year at The OC Fair & Event Center.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
For more information, call (714) 708-1500, or visit their website at www.ocfair.com
Families Forward is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Irvine. Since 1984, this agency has helped families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, counseling, education and other support services.
Five primary programs support families at any point in their crisis:
- Homeless Prevention Program
- Homeless Intervention Program
- Reach for Success
- Career Coaching
- Community Partners Program
Families Forward is located at 8 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618.
For more information, call (949) 552-2727, Once again, that number is (949) 552-2727,or visit their website at www.families-forward.org w w w dot families dash forward dot org
California Certified Farmers' markets are places where genuine farmers sell fruits, nuts and vegetables directly to the public.
University Center on the corner of Bridge and Campus (across from UCI) 8 a.m. to Noon, (rain or shine). For more information, contact the Orange County Farm Bureau at (714) 573-0374, or visit their website at www.orange.cfbf.com/
The Great Park, Marine Way off Sand Canyon Avenue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain or shine). For more information contact McGlynn Events at firstname.lastname@example.org
FasTrak/ The Toll Roads
FasTrak is an electronic toll-collection system used on tollways in California that allows drivers to drive through designated "FasTrak Only" lanes without stopping. The toll is automatically deducted from a prepaid account. With Transportation Corridor Agencies FasTrak, you can establish a FasTrak account with a credit card, or with cash.
For assistance with FasTrak Toll Violations, The Toll Violations Department may be contacted at (949) 727-4800.
For more information about FasTrak, call The Toll Roads, FasTrak Customer Service at (949) 727-4800, Monday through Friday from 7:30a.m. to 5:30p.m., or visit their website at www.thetollroads.com
Fine Arts Center - General Information
The Irvine Fine Arts Center is a multi-use community facility, hosting three fine art galleries, an art center store, photography, jewelry and ceramics studios, and classes for all age groups. Year-round events include exhibition receptions, Studio Arts Festival, and Irvine Holiday Faire.
For more detailed information go to irvinefinearts.org.
Street Address and City
14321 Yale Avenue (at Heritage Park)
Irvine, Ca 92604
Fine Arts Center - Volunteer Opportunities
The Irvine Fine Arts Center Youth Program has seasonal volunteer opportunities available for ages 14 and up. Volunteers are needed to assist in youth art classes, seasonal camps and gallery receptions. For more information, contact Susie Munger at (949) 724-6891 or email: email@example.com.
The Irvine Fine Arts Center youth volunteer program is designed to provide opportunities for teens to connect with artist instructors, children, studio technicians, and arts administrators within the context of a community fine art center. Participants gain hands-on experience that is creative and practical while they learn about the arts and working with youth, in addition to developing valuable leadership and work-related skills.
Spring Break Volunteers Needed!
Want to have some fun over Spring Break? Join the IFAC team of youth volunteers and spend a week meeting new people, inspiring young artists, and helping out in our busy Art Camp!
Time commitment: Volunteers are needed to commit from 2-5 days within a given week. Spring Arts Camp weeks run April 4-8, April 11-12, and April 18-22.
Ready to apply?
Complete the online Youth Volunteer Application Request form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit via mail or walk-in to:
Irvine Fine Arts Center
c/o Youth Volunteer Program
14321 Yale Ave.
Irvine, CA 92604
The personnel assigned to the Front Desk of the Irvine Police Department provide live scan and ink fingerprinting services to both residents and visitors to the City of Irvine during scheduled hours of operation.
Live Scan and Ink Fingerprinting Hours
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
All fingerprinting services require that picture identification be presented. We cannot process payments by credit card. Personal checks (made out to the City of Irvine) and cash (no bills over $50.00 please) are accepted. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Desk at (949) 724-7000 or visit the web site link: Public Safety Department Fingerprinting Web site Link Fingerprinting hours are subject to change based on availability.
We do not process fingerprints for the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) for U.S. Citizenship. The INS has fingerprinting locations designated for this service.
Livescan fingerprinting services is done by appointment only. You must contact the Front Desk of the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000 to schedule your appointment. All appointments are scheduled on a "first come first served" basis. If you miss your appointed time, you must schedule a new appointment time and date. Please bring your forms.
Livescan is $10.00 per license plus any additional fees for services requested by the requestor. Below is a list of typical fees:
California Department of Justice (DOJ)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
California Child Abuse Index
Fire Department - General Information
The City of Irvine contracts for Fire and EMS services with the Orange County Fire Authority. Contact them at (714) 573-6000, or visit their website at www.ocfa.org
Fire Lane Parking Violations
Parking in designated fire lanes or in front of fire hydrants in the City of Irvine is strictly prohibited. Fire lanes and hydrants are considered part of the fire protection system of any building. They are designed to allow unobstructed fire apparatus access at all times to the building in the event of a fire or a medical emergency. Whenever a fire lane is blocked, the safety of that building and its occupants are in jeopardy. Fire lane curbs are marked red in order to define their limits. If you are found parked in front of a red curb, your car will be ticketed, towed, or both. To report a violation, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949)724-7200.
Fireworks cannot be sold in the City of Irvine. Per Irvine Municipal Code fireworks offered for sale can be seized and destroyed at the owners expense. Section 4-4-113 of the Irvine Municipal Code is outlined below:
Sec. 4-4-113. Seizure of fireworks.
The Fire Chief or Director of Public Safety shall cause to be seized, taken, or removed at the expense of the owner all stocks of fireworks offered or exposed for sale, and all fireworks stored or held in violation of the City Code. For the purpose of this section, "fireworks" shall be defined in the same manner as defined in section 7802.3 of the Uniform Fire Code, as adopted by the City pursuant to section 5-9-305 of the Code.
(Code 1976, § IV.D-111; Ord. No. 93-5, § 1, 5-25-93)
The City of Irvine offers fitness classes throughout the year at various City facilities and also at private facilities in Irvine and other local cities. Classes are open to citizens of all ages and skill levels and are taught by qualified fitness instructors. Group classes are available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level participants. A wide variety of classes are offered including cardio, aerobics, Jazzercise, karate and kickboxing. For registration information contact the City of Irvine Program Registration: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606 or call 949-724-6610. To view class schedules, visit our web site at www.IrvineQuickReg.org.
Floods - General Information
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop over a period of days, but flash floods can result in raging waters in just a few minutes. Flash floods carry a deadly cargo of rocks, mud, and other debris, and can occur without any visible sign of rainfall. Mudslides are another danger created by flooding. Be aware of flood hazards, especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water, or downstream from a dam. Most areas in Southern California are at risk from the hazards of flooding, especially during El Nino rainstorm events.
For more information about floods and their likelihood in Irvine, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has created the 4 C's of Food Safety:
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is a scientific, regulatory, and public health agency. To contact the U. S. Food and Drug Administration regarding food safety issues, call 1-888-463-6332, www.fda.gov. or visit their website at
FOR Families is a family support program that provides free information and short-term support to individuals, couples and families living or working in Irvine who need assistance identifying and accessing needed services and resources. Issues addressed include: relationship difficulties, parenting issues, stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse concerns, family violence, financial and legal issues, neighbor disputes and more.
Confidential consultations are scheduled with individuals and appropriate family members or others involved. Outside referrals are provided as appropriate.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. and alternate Fridays.
For more information, contact FOR Families at (949) 724-6650, or visit their website at www.irvineforfamilies.org.
Game Schedules - Adult Leagues
Schedules for the City of Irvine's adult sports leagues are distributed and posted on the web once available, and updated when necessary throughout the season.
Schedules typically do not change once they are finalized. In the event of rain-outs or other circumstances that result in schedule changes, City staff notify team managers of the revised game schedule as soon as it is available. This notification is made either at the field, by phone or by email.
For more schedules click on the link below then select your sport.
Irvine Adult Sports
- No permits are required for occasional garage sales (frequent garage sales may be considered retail sales and not permitted in residential zone - guideline is 4 or less garage sales per year)
Any additional questions may be forwarded to Code Enforcement, (949) 724-6326.
- Temporary ground signs are allowed which provides information regarding a garage sale during period of garage sale
- Signs may be a maximum of 3 feet in height, and maximum size of 3 square feet
- One directional sign per change of direction is allowed
- Signs may be located in public right-of-way, but not allowed in center medians, on traffic devices, traffic signals or utility poles
General Municipal Elections
General Municipal Elections
Geographic Policing - General Information
In an effort to continuously improve the quality of service the Irvine community deserves, the Irvine Police Department transitioned to Geographic Policing on May 24, 2003. This change means Irvine has been divided into three geographic areas for policing purposes. These areas were then given names after much discussion, research, input from department members and the community and based on their geographic location. The names selected are “Portola,” “University” and “Crossroads” . Each of the areas are lead by a single Commander supported with a cadre of supervisors, Patrol officers, Traffic officers, Investigators and civilian support staff, all of whom are tasked with working toward preventing community safety issues and quickly and effectively resolving issues as they evolve.
This change allows for patrol officers, investigators and traffic officers to be assigned to the same geographic area for a “one year” time period. This will make these personnel more familiar with the people that live and work in that area while giving them “ownership” for an entire geographic area. Although the officers may move from area to area within a shift based on the entire city needs they will be held accountable for those issues in their area. A special emphasis will be placed on “Quality of Life” issues that affect each of these communities. These issues generally include traffic, noise and vandalisms. Working on these issues help to reassure our community members that we work and live in one of the safest cities in the nation. These changes strengthen our “partnership” mission and our Values of providing quality of service, integrity, respect and accountability.
The University area of the City of Irvine is bordered by the San Diego Freeway (I-405) on the north, Laguna Canyon Road (I-133) on the east, the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor (SR 73) on the south. This area includes the communities of Rancho San Joaquin, Turtle Rock, University Park, University Town Center, Quail Hill, Shady canyon and Turtle Ridge.
The University area also includes the Irvine Business Complex (IBC), which is bordered by the San Diego Creek on the east, Barranca Parkway on the north, The Newport Freeway (I-55) on the west and MacArthur Blvd. on the south. This area of the city includes both commercial and residential areas. Click the link for additional information on the University Area.
The Crossroads area is the central area of Irvine. It encompasses the communities of Windwood, Woodbridge, Westpark, Walnut Square, Deerfield, The Ranch, The Colony, College Park, Irvine Groves, Harvard Square, Heritage Park, Greentree, The Willows/Greentree, Smoketree, and California Homes. Click the link for additional information on the Crossroads Area.
The Portola area is basically east of Jeffrey Road and north of the I5 Freeway. It encompasses the communities of Northwood, North Park, Racquet Club, Oak Creek, Orangetree, West Irvine, East Irvine, Old Towne Irvine, Woodbury, Heritage Fields and the Irvine Spectrum. Click here for additional information on the Portola Area.
In addition to local government officials, many other officials represent the citizens of Irvine on the County, State, and Federal level. For a current list of local, state, and federal representatives, click here.
For more information about the Federal Government or to contact one of your representatives, call the U.S. Federal Government Information Line at (888) 333-4636 or call The White House at (202) 456-1414 or visit the U.S. Federal Government's website at www.us.gov.
To report graffiti please contact the Graffiti Hotline at 949-724-7196. Graffiti removal is usually completed between the hours of 8am to 4pm and within 48 hours from initial notification or sighting. Click here for more information on the City of Irvine's Graffiti Abatement Program.
To report graffiti please contact the Graffiti Hotline at 949-724-7196. Graffiti removal is usually completed between the hours of 8am to 4pm and within 48 hours from initial notification or sighting. Click here for more information on the City of Irvine's Graffiti Abatement Program.
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Handgun and Firearm Regulations
The Discharge of Firearms within the City of Irvine limits is prohibited under Irvine Municipal Code 4-14-103. The municipal code section is detailed below:
Sec. 4-14-103. Discharge of firearms prohibited; exemptions.
A. Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any person, other than peace officers and members of the armed forces and National Guard acting in their official line of duty, to shoot, fire or discharge, or for any person to cause or permit to be shot, fired or discharged, within the City, any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or firearm, or BB gun, pellet gun and air rifle of any kind, except when it may be necessary to do so in order to protect life or property or to destroy or kill any predatory or dangerous animal.
B. Firing ranges exempted. The provisions of section 4-13-103A shall not be deemed nor construed to prohibit the establishment or maintenance of any pistol, rifle, or target range, nor to prohibit the discharge at any target thereon, by any person using such range, of any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or firearm or BB gun, pellet gun and air rifle of any kind in or on such range, provided that such range is so installed, constructed, safeguarded, equipped, maintained, and used so as to adequately prevent any bullet, shot or missile from being projected beyond the confines of such range.
C. Hunting clubs exempted. The provisions of section 4-13-103A shall not be deemed nor construed to prohibit the establishment or maintenance of any hunting club, nor to prohibit the discharge, by any member or guest of such club, of any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver or firearm or BB gun, pellet gun and air rifle of any kind upon the premises thereof; provided, however, that said premises have first been approved for such use by the Planning Commission, and provided further that the premises shall be so operated and maintained as to adequately prevent any bullet, shot or missile from being projected beyond the confines thereof.
(Ord. No. 45, §§ 32.011--32.013, 9-26-72; Code 1976, §§ IV.L-103--IV.L-105)
Harvard Skate Park
Harvard Skate Park skateboarding facility is located at the corner of Harvard and Walnut, adjacent to the Harvard Community Park building. The skatepark is operated under the supervision of Irvine's Athletic Services staff. Its many features include the Pyramid, the Spine, the Bowl, Rails, lights for night skating, picnic tables, restrooms and bleachers for spectators.
Visit the skate park website for additional information
Don't miss out... stop by the park today and give it a ride.
Hazardous Materials Incidents - General Information
From industrial chemicals and toxic waste to household detergents and air fresheners, hazardous materials are part of our everyday lives. Hazardous materials are substances, which because of their chemical, physical, or biological nature, pose a potential risk to life, health, or property if they are handled improperly. Chemical plants are one source of hazardous materials, but there are many others. Service stations store gasoline and diesel fuel, hospitals use a wide range of radioactive and flammable materials, and hazardous materials waste sites process thousands of different materials every day. Accidents involving hazardous materials can happen anytime, and range from a chemical spill on a highway, to groundwater contamination by naturally occurring methane gas, to ingesting a household cleaner at home. Hazardous materials incidents are accidents which affect a large number of people. While fairly uncommon, these incidents can happen anytime, anywhere. For more information about hazardous materials incidents and their likelihood in Irvine, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Health Department - General Information
The County of Orange, Health Care Agency, performs a variety of public health, medical, behavioral, and regulatory functions that promote and protect the health of the general public.
To contact the County of Orange, Health Care Agency call (714) 834-4722, or for more information, visit their website at www.ochealthinfo.com
Heritage Park Community Center is located at 14301 Yale on the corner of Yale and Walnut. The Heritage Park Complex includes the Heritage Park Community Center, the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Youth Programs Office, the Child Resource Center and athletic fields. Amenities available to the public include sand volleyball and racquetball courts, outdoor stage, soccer fields, tennis courts, lighted basketball courts, baseball diamonds, three pools, two multi-use buildings, amphitheater, barbecues and picnic tables and a group picnic area. The Community Center houses a large multipurpose room and stage with an attached kitchen, a lounge, an arts and craft room, a band practice room, and a game room.
Park hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6pm on Sunday. Rooms and some picnic areas may be reserved through Facility Reservations department by calling 949-724-6620 or visit www.cityofirvine.org/depts/cs/facilityresv/default.asp. For more information about activities at Heritage Park Community Center call 949-724-6750 or visit www.cityofirvine.org/depts/cs/classreg/default.asp.
For more information regarding William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, located at 4601 Walnut, call 949-724-6717 or visit http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/aquatics/default.asp.
For more information regarding the Irvine Fine Arts Center, located at 14321 Yale Avenue, call 949-724-6800 or visit www.cityofirvine.org/depts/cs/finearts/default.asp .
For more information regarding the Child Resource Center, located at 14341 Yale Avenue, call 949-724-6721 or visit http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/childcare/child_resource_center.asp
For more information regarding Youth Programs call 949-724-6744, or visit http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/youthservices/default.asp
Students seeking further education after they complete high school have several higher education opportunities both abroad and around the Irvine area.
Irvine Valley College is a community college located at 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618. To contact the college, call (949) 451-5100, or visit their website at www.ivc.edu.
Concordia University is located at 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612. To contact the University, call (949) 854-8002, or visit their website at www.cui.edu.
University of California, Irvine, (U.C.I.) may be contacted at (949) 824-5011, or for more information visit their website at www.uci.edu.
The City of Irvine's Open Space Section, in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, offers a number of guided hikes into the City's 2,137 acre Open Space Preserve - South. These hikes, led by a staff person or trained docent, provide participants with an opportunity to experience nature while learning about plants and animals. Examples of the guided hikes include: birding programs, geology walks, cardio-hikes, sunset picnic hikes, full-moon hikes, and meditation hikes. For more information please call 949-724-6738, or visit our website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org.
Historical Landmarks and Sites
The Irvine Historical Society, which was founded in 1976 to preserve, research, and promote the heritage of the original Irvine Ranch, has actively worked with The Irvine Company, the City of Irvine, and the County of Orange to promote the preservation of historical areas. For more information visit their web site: Irvine Historical Society Web site Link
For more information regarding Historical Landmarks and sites, call (949) 786-4112, or visit The Irvine Historical Museum, which is operated by The Historical Society.
The Irvine Historical Museum is adjacent to the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course Clubhouse, south of the 405 freeway, west of Culver Drive at 5 San Joaquin, Irvine, CA 92612. The Irvine Historical Museum is open Sunday and Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. It is closed on holidays. The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers, so prior to visiting the museum, a phone call is encouraged at (949) 786-4112.
Home Meals Program for Persons with Disabilities
The City of Irvine’s Home Meals Program was designed to respond to the needs of Irvine residents by providing home delivered, nutritionally balanced meals to residents who are permanently or temporarily disabled.
To be eligible, you must be an Irvine resident, 60 years of age or younger, have a physical, cognitive or medical disability that is either permanent or temporary, must be unable to prepare meals or obtain meals due to a disability and your physician must verify your disability along with your need for the Home Meals Program.
The cost for meals is $5.50 per day which includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To obtain more information or to request a Home Meals application, contact Disability Services at (949) 724-6637 or TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Home Safety Tips
Burglary is a serious crime to which we are all vulnerable. It is however one of the most preventable of crimes. A few simple precautions will greatly reduce the possibility that you will become a victim of this crime. Follow these guidelines to help prevent crime in your home: Make your home look occupied at all times. Leave interior lights on when you go out for the night and utilize exterior lighting or motion sensitive outdoor lighting. Lock your outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Do not allow daily deliveries, such as mail and newspaper, to accumulate. If you are gone, have a neighbor pick up these items for you and arrange to have your lawn cut in the summer. You should maintain a detailed description, pictures and the serial numbers of all appliances, tools, radios, televisions, firearms, and other valuables you own. Whenever possible, inscribe or label your valuables with your driver's license number. The Irvine Police Department offers programs that provide crime prevention techniques you may implement to help protect you and your home. Crime Prevention officers can also conduct a security check of your home to make sure it is safe. For more information about home safety programs, or to receive safety brochures at your home, contact the Irvine Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit at (949) 724-7079.
Home Security Inspection
What is a Home Security Inspection?
An Irvine Police Department Crime prevention officer will conduct an on site inspection of your home, evaluating your locks, lighting and landscaping and make any recommendations to better secure your home to reduce your chances of becoming a burglary victim.
How much does it cost?
This is a free service, and is provided to all Irvine residents at no cost to them what-so-ever.
What are the hours that inspections are conducted?
We conduct the inspections Tuesdays thru Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
How long does it take?
The inspection normally takes about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes, possibly longer if the resident has many questions to be answered.
How do I schedule an inspection?
You may call the Crime Prevention Bureau at (949) 724-7051 to schedule an appointment.
Homebound Nursing and Assistance
The Community Services Outreach Department coordinates nursing, therapy, and assistance to homebound or health impaired citizens who are not able to leave home without assistance or are prescribed a skilled nursing or physical therapy service by their physician. Some of the many services available include:
- Social visitations to homebound residents by staff and volunteers who are also trained to observe and report signs that a citizen may need assistance;
- Meals on Wheels programs that deliver hot meals 5 days a week at home for a small fee;
- Protection services through security watches and protective shelters that shield senior citizens from the danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation;
- Home health nursing aides who can assist with medication, treatments, baths, grooming care, bed transfer, and other nursing aide duties, as well as handle light housekeeping, shopping, and meal preparation;
- Physical therapists who can provide physician-directed therapy and care to patients who cannot reach a hospital or medical center
Fees for these services vary and are determined by income. Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance programs may pay for these services, which recipients and their families can request. For more information, contact the Outreach office located at 20 Lake Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at (949) 724-6926. .
Hotel and Restaurant Guide/ SHOP IRVINE
The Irvine Chamber of Commerce publishes a SHOP IRVINE Guide. SHOP IRVINE is a local hotel and restaurant guide, as well as a Community Access Guide.
You can pick up your guide at The Irvine Chamber of Commerce, located at 2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92614, or contact the Chamber at (949) 660-9112.
For more information, to have a hotel and restaurant guide mailed to you, or to include your business in the guide, contact The Irvine Chamber of Commerce or visit their web site at www.irvinechamber.com
How do I obtain information on a particular street address?
To obtain information on new or proposed tracts or developments please contact the Community Development Assistance Center (DAC) Counter at (949) 724-6308. For information on an existing property address, contact our GIS department at (949) 724-6342.
How often do you recruit for a particular position?
There is no set time frame. Recruitments are initiated depending on individual departmental needs.
How Will I Be Notified About Outages
As soon as a Stage 3 Emergency is declared, Southern California Edison (SCE) will contact the news media, especially radio and television stations, which are encouraged to broadcast the news immediately. SCE may have as little as 10 minutes after a Stage 3 Emergency is declared before it begins rotating outages. Obviously, that is not enough time to allow individual notifications for the affected customers. Customers can contact SCE at 1-800-611-1911 to find out whether their neighborhood is part of a current controlled outage.
For more information about Stage 3 Emergencies and rotating outages, check out the SCE website at www.sce.com.
I have a question on Fire Sprinklers
To obtain information on fire sprinklers, contact the Orange County Fire Authority at (949) 724-6512.
Ice Skating Lessons
The City of Irvine offers Ice Skating classes. For a current class schedule visit www.irvinequickreg.org or call 949-724-6610.
Immunizations and Vaccinations
The County of Orange, Health Care Agency, provides a variety of public health, medical, behavioral, and regulatory functions that promote and protect the health of the general public.
For information regarding Immunizations and Vaccinations, contact the County of Orange, Health Care Agency at (714) 834-8444. For more information, visit their website at www.ochealthinfo.com
PURPOSE OF HEARING. As a vehicle owner or other person entitled to possession of an impounded vehicle, you have the right to a hearing if you believe your vehicle should not have been impounded. The purpose of the hearing is to determine whether there was probable cause to impound the vehicle, that is, whether the impounding officer was legally authorized to remove your vehicle.
WHEN AND WHERE HEARING WILL BE HELD. The hearing will be held within forty-eight (48) hours of the request, excluding weekends and holidays. The hearing will consist of a meeting with a hearing officer at the City of Irvine Police Department. You may present any witnesses or any other evidence you believe will show that your vehicle should not have been impounded. You must establish that you are the owner of the vehicle or that you have some other right to possession of it.
ATTENDANCE BY IMPOUNDING OFFICER. At the time you request a hearing, you may also request that the police officer who directed the impound appear and answer your questions at the hearing.
CONDUCT OF THE HEARING. If the Hearing Officer determines that your vehicle should not have been impounded, it will be released to you without charge, or you will be repaid after processing by mail for the charges you paid to the Official Police Garage. If the Hearing Officer determines that the vehicle was properly impounded, you must pay the impound and storage charges to the Official Police Garage (if you have not done so already), or the garage will have a lien placed on the vehicle.
HOW TO REQUEST A HEARING. Request must be done within ten (10) business days of the date of mailing of the “Notice of Stored Vehicle”. Failure to request a hearing within ten (10) days of the notice, or failure to attend a scheduled hearing will end your right to a hearing.
(1) Complete a Request for Vehicle Impound Hearing Form. Click here to download a form
(2) Telephone the Irvine Police Front Desk at (949) 724-7004 during normal business hours.
(3) Write or appear in person at the Irvine Police Department, One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606-5208.
NOTE: Your right to a hearing within forty-eight (48) hours does not affect your right to seek an immediate release of your vehicle, without waiting for a hearing, by obtaining a written release from the Irvine Police Department and paying the impound and storage charges of the Official Police Garage. In this event, the Hearing Officer will determine whether you are entitled to a refund of the charges.
RESULTS OF HEARING: A written reply will be provided by the Hearing Officer. The time within which to file a judicial challenge of the Hearing Officer’s decision is governed by section 1094.6 of the California Code of Civil Procedure.
Installing New Utility Meters
Replacing or relocating a water, gas, or electric meter requires a permit and must be coordinated with the serving utility. In addition to permit fees, a relocation or replacement meter fee will be charged by the serving utility. For more information contact the Irvine Ranch Water District at (949) 453-5596, the Gas Company at (800) 427-2200, or Southern California Edison at (949) 458-4416.
Our Investigative Team is trained to investigate a wide range of crimes, including crimes against persons, burglary, fraud, identity theft, narcotics violations, juvenile offenses, and a host of others. All of our detectives have been assigned to a geo-policing district, which allows them to become familiar with crime trends specific to their particular district. Click here for more information on the Investigative Division.
If you have already filed a police report and need further assistance, please call (949) 724-7160 and ask to speak to the detective handling your case. If you have not filed a police report and need to do so, or need general information, call (949) 724-7000.
Irvine - General Information
The City of Irvine was incorporated on December 28, 1971, under the general laws of the State of California. We operate under a charter law form of government which was adopted in 1975, meaning we have a City Council-City Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council to function as the chief administrator of the City. City Council sets the policy directions for the City, and the City Manager is charged with implementing those directions. Additionally, the City Manager keeps the Council informed of City operations, prepares the annual budget, oversees special programs, and coordinates the various department activities.
Irvine is one of the nation's largest planned urban communities and encompasses more than 65 square miles. We contract for fire and medical services with the County of Orange, and have three independent districts: library, educational and utility services. Other government services include: animal control; building and safety regulation and inspection; general administrative services; planning and zoning; police; public facility/capital improvement construction; recreation and cultural programs; refuse collection and recycling; street lighting; street maintenance; landscape maintenance and transportation management
Irvine Child Care Committee
Mission and Purpose
The primary functions of the Child Care Committee are to serve as a resource and to make recommendations on child care issues to the Community Services Commission and the City Council.
The Child Care Committee works in a cooperative relationship with the support of the Child Care Coordination Office, the Community Services Department, and the Community Development Department to identify child care needs, early care and education concerns, and to promote the availability of quality, affordable child care within the community.
Current subjects being discussed by the Committee include community awareness and education, programming and training for child care providers, and the economic impact the child care industry has on the business sector in the community.
The Child Care Committee is comprised of 14 members: five City Council appointees; two community child care providers; two parents/guardians; and five Agency Representatives.
For further information, please contact the Child Care Coordination Office, 14341 Yale Avenue, Irvine at (949) 724-6632 or visit their website at www.Irvinechildcare.org. Once again, that number is (949) 724-6632.
Irvine Child Care Project
The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) is a joint powers authority between the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD). The ICCP works with non-profit organizations to provide before and after school child care on elementary school sites serving children in kindergarten through sixth grade. For a listing of ICCP programs, visit us at www.irvinechildcare.org or call (949) 724-6632.
Irvine Global Village
The Irvine Global Village Festival is the signature event of the City of Irvine’s Cultural Arts and Activities Program. The Festival was developed with the goal of celebrating the diversity of the Irvine Community. Some of the activities offered include an international shopping marketplace, a food court, colorful exhibits, educational children’s games and crafts, live entertainment and a community partner pavilion. For the latest information about the Irvine Global Village Festival, visit our website at www.irvinefestival.org. For additional information call the CAA Information Line at (949) 724-6606 or send an email to email@example.com.
Irvine Historical Society and Museum
The Irvine Historical Society was founded in 1976 to preserve, research, and promote the heritage of the original Irvine Ranch. The Irvine Historical Museum, which opened in 1980, is operated by the Society.
The Irvine Historical Museum is open Sunday and Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. It is closed on holidays. The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers, so a phone call to the museum prior to visiting is encouraged.
The Irvine Historical Museum is adjacent to the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course clubhouse, south of the 405 freeway, west of Culver Drive at 5 San Joaquin, Irvine, CA 92612.
For more information, call (949) 786-4112 or visit
Irvine Lake is a scenic fishing lake nestled at the base of the Cleveland National Forest. Their address is 4621 Santiago Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676.
For hours, admission fees, boat rentals, facilities, and general information, contact Irvine Lake at (714) 649-9111 or visit their website at www.irvinelake.net
Irvine Office Hours and Closings
The City of Irvine, Irvine Civic Center, is open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
There are observed government holidays throughout the year on which all City offices will be closed. These holidays are: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
For more information or to obtain a copy of Irvine's calendar, stop by the Civic Center at 1 Civic Center Plaza Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m - 5 p.m., or call (949) 724-6000.
Irvine Residents With Disabilities Advisory Board
The Irvine City Council created the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board to advise the Council on all matters pertaining to people with disabilities in Irvine, and their needs as a group. The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p m at the Civic Center, located at One Civic Center Plaza. To request a disability-related accommodation, please call Disability Services at least three business days in advance of the Advisory Board meeting at (949) 724-6637. Hearing impaired callers may call the TTY line at (949) 724-6607.
Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board Speaker's Bureau
The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board offers its Speakers' Bureau to the public. The primary goal of the service is to educate the public about issues that affect, and challenges that face, individuals with disabillities. The Speakers' Bureau is made up of members from the Advisory Board, many of whom have disabilities, or have a family member with a disability. The speakers are FREE and their presentations are tailored to meet your group's interests and needs. Topics of interest may include:
- Living with a disability-a personal perspective.
- Disability Etiquette-"How to interact with a person with a disability."
- The benefits of hiring employees with disabilities.
- Disability- related services offered through the City of Irvine.
If you, your group, or your business is interested in organizing a presentation from the IRDAB Speakers' Bureau or require any additional information, call (949) 724-6637. Complete the Request for Speaker form at www.irvinedisabilityservices.org. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
and Bus Bench Programs. The Irvine Station is located at 15215 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, California 92618 (cross streets: Barranca Parkway and Ada).
The amenities available at the Irvine Station include the following:
- 24-hour security
- Parking Management Program
- Bike Lockers
- Shuttle and Taxi Service
- Information Kiosks
- Newspaper Stands
For more information, call the Irvine Station at (949) 724-7777, or visit the website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/pw/irvine_station.asp
Jail Information/Ordered Bookings
The Irvine Police Department's Jail is only a holding facility. Arrestees are either booked into Orange County Jail, Orange County Juvenile Hall, or Cited and Released. Arrestees are not allowed incoming phone calls while in the holding facility but can make outgoing calls according to the established booking procedures. Arrestees are not allowed visitors.
Persons ordered to be booked by the Court (Court Ordered Booking) or by an Officer (Prior to Appearance Booking) should call the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000 and ask to speak to a Custody Officer. Ordered bookings are generally performed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. The Custody Officer will schedule the appointment. All persons must bring photo identification and any paperwork required when they arrive for their appointment. A fee may apply.
John Wayne Airport
John Wayne Airport, located in the City of Santa Ana, serves the citizens of Irvine, and the surrounding community by supplying local service for commercial aircraft, as well as commuter, cargo, and general aviation aircraft.
John Wayne Airport is located at 18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707.
For more information regarding John Wayne Airport, including: Airline Information; Terminal Information; Parking; Ground Transportation, and Directions, call (949) 252-5200, or visit their website at www.ocair.com
Jury Services take place at the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, and may be contacted by mail at Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Jury Services, PO BOX 1970, Santa Ana, CA 92702-1970
Jury Services may be contacted by phone at (714) 834-7000.
For more information, visit their website at
Juveniles loitering may, or may not, be committing a criminal act. Irvine Municipal code contains several sections that may, or may not, be applicable depending on the situation. Call the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200 to notify police. Please be sure to articulate any of the following circumstances, which may constitute a violation:
- Loiter, or stand Obstructing sidewalks and/or a highway. I.M.C. section 4-14-105.
- Minors out after curfew (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). I.M.C. section 4-14-303A.
- Parents knowingly allowing their minor children to loiter after curfew are in violation of I.M.C. section 4-14-305A.
- Disorderly conduct within a City park. I.M.C. section 3-4-122A.
A landslide is defined as the movement of a mass of rock, debris, or earth down a slope. Factors which can initiate a landslide include rainfall, earthquakes, volcanic activity, changes in groundwater, as well as changes or disturbances in a slope caused by man-made construction activities. Landslides can be rapidly moving or slow moving. Rapidly moving landslides present the greatest risk to human life, and people living in or traveling through areas prone to rapidy moving landslides are at increased risk of serious injury. Slow moving landslides can cause significant property damage, but are less likely to result in serious human injuries.
For further information on landslides, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
The City of Irvine offers daily adult lap swimming at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center located at 4601 Walnut, in Heritage Park, and at the Northwood High School Aquatics Center located at 4515 Portola Parkway, at Northwood High School.
Visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/aquatics/lap_swimming.asp for current schedule and fees.
Lifeguards are on duty at all times. For more information about the City of Irvine's public swimming pools or for cancelled dates, please call 949-724-6717, or visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/aquatics/lap_swimming.asp.
Aquatics Home Page
League Registration Dates - Adult
The City of Irvine offers several highly successful sports leagues operated by the City's Athletic Services. Games are played on award-winning fields and in high school gymnasiums. See below for a listing of the upcoming leagues and the league registration dates.
Link to Athletics Home Page
The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) provides free legal and tax-related services to eligible individuals who reside in Orange County. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact LASOC with specific questions.
For more information contact The Legal Aid Society of Orange County at 2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705, or call them at 1-800-834-5001, or (714) 571-5200, or visit their website at www.legal-aid.com.
Light Maintenance (Public Parks, Trails, Bridges, Tunnels & Underpasses)
To report non-emergency lighting or electrical items at City community parks, neighborhood parks, trails, bridges, tunnels and underpasses, call (949) 724-6696.. To report emergency or safety lighting or electrical items on a weekend or after 5 p.m. weekdays, call Public Safety Dispatch at (949) 724-7200.
If a business is interested in obtaining a liquor license, those requests, applications and questions need to be directed to the Alcohol, Beverage, and Control (ABC) agency at (714) 558-4101. For further information, you may also visit www.abc.ca.gov.
Liquor Licensing Authority
If a business is interested in obtaining a liquor license, those requests, applications and questions need to be directed to the Alcohol, Beverage, and Control (ABC) agency at (714) 558-4101. For further information, you may also visit www.abc.ca.gov.
In addition to contacting ABC, you may also want to contact the Community Development Department at (949) 724-6300. The Community Development Department will advise you if a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) is needed for the location, which determines whether alcohol sales is permissible or not.
Local Government Annual Budget
Business Planning and Budget Services is responsible for producing the City’s Annual budget and the City’s Five-Year Strategic Business Plan. These documents are the "blueprints" used to provide a sound financial framework for all City operations.
Copies of the Proposed Budget are made available to the general public in May. At least two public meetings are conducted by the City Council during the month of June for the purpose of discussing the Proposed Budget. The budget is then adopted by the City Council prior to June 30 at either a regular or special City Council meeting. Citizens are invited to provide comments at these hearings.
For more information please call (949) 724-6046, or download the annual budget by clicking on the link below:
City of Irvine Budget Web site Link
Local Government Communications
The City of Irvine believes that communication between a government and its citizens is one of the most vital aspects of an effective community. For that reason, we provide as many forums to you as possible to obtain and disperse information - including ICTV Channel 30, and the city's website where you can get information 24 hours a day 7 days a week Additionally, Irvine publishes a quarterly newsletter, which contains City Council information, a message from the City Manager, a community calendar, and other useful facts and reminders. Finally, you can always receive information personally by calling the Civic Center directly or stopping by. For more information, call (949) 724-6000.
Locating Utilities Before You Dig
A permit to excavate will not be valid until a Dig Alert number has been obtained. In addition, 48 hours prior to commencing excavations, Dig Alert must be notified. To obtain a project number or to notify Dig Alert call (800) 422-4133.
Other information may be obtained by visiting Dig Alert's website
If you have lost property in the City of Irvine, you may contact the Property Department at (949) 724-7095 or (949) 724-7096, to see if the property has been turned in. You will need to give a complete description of the property and the approximate time that you lost it.
If you have had property stolen in the City of Irvine, and you made a police report, you may contact the investigator assigned to your case for the status. If you have not made a police report, you may call (949) 724-7000 for the procedure for filing a police report.
If you have received a letter from the Property Department advising that they have your property and it is ready for release, you may pick up your property between 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays.
Maps for Irvine
To obtain information on maps for the City of Irvine, contact the City's GIS Department at (949) 724-6342.
A marriage license is a public record of a legally recognized marriage between two citizens. Any citizens who plan to get married in the City of Irvine, or who are residents of the County of Orange, and plan to marry within this state, can apply for a marriage license through the Orange County Clerk-Recorder.
For information, or to apply for a marriage license, call (714) 834-2500. or visit their website at: Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Office Web site Link
Mayor-City Council Information
The City of Irvine is a Charter City governed as a Council/Manager form of government.
In the Council/Manager form of government, the City Council, as the elected body, adopts legislation, sets policy, adjudicates issues and establishes the budget of the City. The City Manager is charged with the duty of implementing City Council policy and laws as the administrative head of the government.
For more information or to contact the Mayor or a City Councilmember, call (949) 724-6233.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a home-delivered hot meal service for elderly and disabled citizens who are unable to cook for themselves. The delivery times and costs will vary. For information please contact Meals on Wheels at: (949) 724-6910.
In 1994, seven year old Megan Kanka was tricked into Jesse Timmendequas' house in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Jesse Timmendequas, the neighbor, was a convicted sex offender with two prior convictions for sexual abuse of a child, but no one in the neighborhood knew that. Once Megan was inside, Timmendequas raped and murdered her. Eventually, Timmendequas was convicted for the murder of Megan Kanka.
Following the death of Megan a grass roots movement led to the removal of the prohibition of law enforcement notifying the public of the presence of serious and high-risk sex offenders living in their community. On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed the Federal "Megan's Law." This law permitted law enforcement to release relevant information to protect the public from sexually violent offenders.
For the past fifty plus years California has maintained a record of those individuals convicted of sexually related crimes. In 1995 California instituted the Child Molester Identification Line, which was expanded in 1996 with the passage of California's Megan's Law. This law, allows for the first time, public access to information on serious and high-risk sex offenders.
In California sexual offenders are classified by the Department of Justice into one of three sexual offender categories, High Risk, Serious, or Other. The criteria for each of the categories is defined in the California Penal Code.
In summation, a High-Risk registrant is a Serious sex offender who has been convicted of a combination of offenses including a violent sex offense and other crimes. High-Risk status must be determined and verified by the Department of Justice. Generally, these "High-Risk" sex registrants pose a greater threat of re-offending based on their prior criminal acts.
A Serious Sex Offender is required to register with law enforcement if they have been convicted of:
- Assault with intent to commit specified sex offenses
- Lewd and lascivious conduct with a child or dependent adult
- Oral copulation
- Continuous sexual abuse of a child
- Foreign object penetration
- Child molestation
- Kidnapping with intent to commit specified sex offenses
- Felony sexual battery
- Felony enticement of a child for purposes of prostitution
- Abduction of a child for purposes of prostitution
The Other sexual offender category consist of persons convicted of possession of pornography, spousal rape, indecent exposure, or misdemeanor sexual battery - OR - juveniles adjudicated in juvenile court. Persons falling within the Other category are NOT subject to public disclosure.
For a complete list of all crimes which require registration go to the California Department Justice link: Sex Offender Registration & Exclusion Information. The law is not intended to punish the offender and specifically prohibits using the information to harass or commit any crime against the offender. It recognizes that public safety is best served when registered sex offenders are not concealing their location.
Memorial Recognition Program
The City has developed a process for individuals to recognize deceased family members and friends through the Park Improvements Memorial Program. The policy establishes procedures for the planting and dedication of trees in City parks, rosebushes at the Memorial Rose Garden at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park, and opportunities to donate benches, fountains, or related park equipment.
For more detailed information on the donation process or to obtain a copy of the policy, call (949) 724-6649.
Missing Persons and Runaways Reports
If you suspect that someone you know is either missing or has run away, you can file a missing persons report with the Irvine Police Department. You do not have to wait 24 hours, you may make the report at any time following the person's disappearance. An officer will gather pertinent facts about the missing person, such as where and when they were last seen and who they were with. It is always helpful if you can provide physical descriptions, facial features, clothing when they disappeared, and ages of the people involved. If a vehicle is involved, a physical description as well as the color, model, year, and license plate number are very helpful. Any detail you can remember will greatly assist police in the apprehension of criminals. After you file your report, be as patient as possible while the department investigates your report. Be assured that officers make every effort to quickly and comprehensively follow up each situation. For more information, or to file a missing persons report, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200.
One of the most effective means of protection against disaster is to take steps to reduce, or mitigate, the impact of disaster. Mitigation is the cornerstone of Emergency Management. It's the ongoing effort to lessen the impact disasters have on people's lives and property through damage prevention and insurance. Engineering buildings and infrastructure to withstand earthquakes, and creating and enforcing building codes to protect against natural disasters are examples of mitigation. The City of Irvine has a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan that addresses a variety of ways to lessen the impact of disasters locally. Citizens can also take mitigation steps of their own, such as installing smoke detectors, securing bookcases and water heaters, and safely storing flammables. For more information on the City of Irvine's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, or for other ideas on how you can mitigate for disasters, please call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Mountain Bike Rides
The City of Irvine's Open Space Section, in partnership with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, offers guided mountain bike rides into the City's 2,137 acre Open Space Preserve - South. These rides, led by a staff person or trained docent, provide participants with an opportunity to enjoy the Open Space Preserve while experiencing a moderate to advanced ride of approximately eleven miles. Participants must wear a helmet and possess above-average mountain biking skills. Rides are recommended for ages 16 plus. For more information please call 949-724-6738, or visit our website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org.
Police Officers of the Irvine Police Department issues tickets for moving violations within the City of Irvine. Tickets will not be marked with the amount of the fine as this is determined by the court based on the violation and the violators driving record. Most moving violations are payable without a court appearance. The court should send a “courtesy notice” with the amount of the fine, if you choose to pay the fine prior to your hearing date. Note that payment of the fine is an admittance of guilt in the offense and cannot be appealed.
If the violation on your citation can not be handled via the mail or if you wish to contest the citation, you must appear in court for an arraignment on or before the date, time, and court specified on the citation. Failure to appear in court may result in issuance of a bench warrant for your arrest.
For more information about moving violations, contact the Harbor Justice Center, located at 4601 Jamboree Rd. Newport Beach, California, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or call them at (657) 622-5400.
MUDD LINE Rainy Day Field Closures
The City of Irvine's "MUDD LINE" details the athletic fields that are open and closed due to rainy day weather. The MUDD LINE also addresses closures to the Central Bark Dog Park. You can access the MUDD LINE by calling 949-724-6833 or by visiting the MUDD LINE website.
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Fields may be closed for additional days following rain dependent on the condition of the fields.
On weekdays, the MUDD LINE may be updated as late as 1 p.m. for High School use and 3 p.m. for youth and adult sport use. Weekend and holiday updates will occur by 7:30 a.m. then as conditions change.
Staff will make every effort to open fields when safe and appropriate for use.
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National Security Emergencies-Terrorism General Information
The City of Irvine Emergency Management Office recommends that citizens be prepared for all emergencies, whether national security emergencies related to terrorism, or other man-made or natural disasters. The threat of terrorism may prompt some to take precautionary steps, but the reality is that in Southern California, a large-scale earthquake has the potential to exceed the destruction presented through terrorist acts. Therefore, it is prudent to prepare for the disruption of services that may occur during any major emergency or disaster. Prepare to deal with a terrorist incident by adapting many of the same techniques used to prepare for other crises.
- Be alert and aware of the surrounding area. The very nature of terrorism suggests that there may be little or no warning.
- Take precautions when traveling. Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behavior. Do not accept packages from strangers. Do not leave luggage unattended.
- Learn where emergency exits are located. Think ahead about how to evacuate a building, subway or congested public area in a hurry. Learn where staircases are located.
Notice your immediate surroundings. Be aware of heavy or breakable objects that could move, fall or break in an explosion. For more information regarding terrorism, contact the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Natural Gas Service
Southern California Gas Company (The Gas Company) is the provider of natural gas to those residing or operating a business in The City of Irvine. The 24-hour Customer Service Call Center is 1-800-427-2200.
Contact The Gas Company for more information at 1-800-427-2200, or visit their website at www.socalgas.com.
The City of Irvine's Nature Center is located at the base of the San Joaquin Hills in Turtle Rock. The center serves as a community resource for environmental education and serves as the headquarters for the Open Space staff and all Open Space programming. Group tours of the five-acre preserve are offered on a reservation basis. Other programs include the Kids and Nature nine-month environmental education and enrichment program for kindergarteners, Badge programs for scouts, pre-school nature classes, and volunteer opportunities. For more information please call 949-724-6738, or visit our website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org.
Neighborhood Traffic - Signal/Stop Sign Installation
If you are inquiring about having a traffic signal installed, a new traffic signal may already be slated for installation at that location. If not, an extensive engineering review can be initiated by contacting Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
If you would like to have school areas safer for vehicles and pedestrians, this is often addressed by a joint effort between Police Department staff and members of Public Works. For more information, contact Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or email@example.com (Hours of Operation)
Neighborhood Traffic - Signs
If you would like to have a STOP sign installed at a certain intersection, an extensive engineering evaluation needs to be performed prior to implementing STOP control. A formal evaluation can be initiated by contacting Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
If you believe traffic speeds are too fast and would like to have speed limit signs installed or changed on certain street segments, an Engineering & Traffic Survey needs to be performed in accordance with State guidelines. Citywide evaluations are made each year, and go to City Council for approval. For more information, contact Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or email@example.com (Hours of Operation)
If parking is a problem on a certain street and you would like to have parking signs either removed or added, if you reside in a private community, a request should be made to your Homeowner's Association Board. For public streets, parking issues are handled on a case-by-case basis. For more information contact Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
Neighborhood Traffic - Striping
If lane lines, arrows or pavement wording is faded on a certain street and needs to be repainted and you reside in a private community, a request should be made to your Homeowners Association Board. For public streets, contact Jim Lizzi at (949) 724-7355, or email@example.com (Hours of Operation)
Neighborhood Watch Program
One of the best ways to prevent crime in residential neighborhoods is to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood Watch groups are not difficult to organize. You can request information packets from the Irvine Police Department Crime Prevention Unit during regular business hours. Share the information with your neighborhood. They, in turn, provide information to the police. Neighborhood Watch participants' duties include arranging for a home security survey, practicing operation identification, exchanging identification with neighbors, reporting all crimes and suspicious activity to the police, and participating in passive patrol in your neighborhood. Watch group participants should never attempt to arrest an offender. To learn more about the program, or to obtain an information packet, contact the Irvine Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (949) 724-7079.
New Residents and Visitors Center
Destination Irvine, a service of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, serves as a starting point to citizens who are new to Irvine. It provides guidance in finding dining, shopping, housing, and government services around the area. For new residents to the area, they can additionally help you find your way to area schools, police stations, banks, real estate agencies, grocery stores, and other locations of value to you.
For more information contact the Irvine Chamber, located at 2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92614. Their phone number is (949) 660-9112 or visit their website at www.destinationirvine.com
A noisy neighbor may create a disturbance by having a loud television, stereo, or radio. There is no formal time at which noise becomes illegal. We enforce California Penal Code section 415. This section of the penal codes provides that noise is illegal when “any person…maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise”. Since no time frame is specified within this section it means that any person’s peace can be disturbed at any time of day they consider their peace to be disturbed by unreasonable noise, whether 2 a.m. or 2 p.m. The unreasonableness of the noise is an important and necessary requirement of an actual violation of Penal Code section 415.
If this is occurring you should call the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200 to report it. You may be asked if you wish to sign a complaint. In effect, you are being asked if you will sign a citizen’s arrest for disturbance of the peace. Under California law, a police officer’s peace cannot be disturbed. A police officer observing a social gathering and hearing loud music cannot enforce Penal Code 415 without a citizen who has reported this gathering to be disturbing their peace. To allow us the authority to arrest the offending party we must have a victim who has identified himself or herself to us, and is willing to make the citizen’s arrest for this section. Even if you do not wish to do so, you will still be asked for your name, address and phone number, for our information only.
Property Maintenance Noise
Irvine Municipal Code section 6-8-205B prohibits noise of maintenance of real property from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on any day except Sundays. On Sundays and Federal holidays property maintenance noise is restricted between the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. Call the Irvine Police Department if you observe violations of this section.
Leaf Blower Noise
Irvine Municipal code section 6-8-205.C.2C requires leaf blowers to be tested and certified to be below 70 decibels before they can be used within the City. Certified blowers are restricted from use 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturdays. Leaf blowers are not allowed to operate at any time on Sundays. Call (949) 724-6326 to register and certify leaf blowers for use, or to report companies using leaf blowers in violation.
Northwood Community Park
Northwood Community Park is operated and staffed by the City of Irvine Community Services Department. The park boasts many amenities, including basketball half courts, an outdoor racquetball court, tennis courts, one softball field, shuffleboard decks, soccer fields, an outdoor fitness track, and one playground. The Community building houses a desirable multipurpose room with an attached kitchen as well as a separate craft room. Northwood Community Park is located at 4531 Bryan Ave and is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturday, and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday. Most of the areas are free and open to the public; however drop-in picnics are limited to groups of fewer than 50. Rooms and some picnic areas may be reserved through our Facility Reservations department at 949-724-6620 or www.cityofirvine.org/depts/cs/classreg/default.asp.
For more information about staff led activities at Northwood Community Park, visit http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/commparks/cparks/default.asp or call 949-724-6728.
Obtaining Police Records and Reports
In order to obtain a copy of a police report, individuals must be named in the report or be the owner of property involved. Police reports are .10 per page. Please call the Business Desk at (949) 724-7000 to ascertain if your report is available. Bring picture identification with you when picking up the report. Reports cannot be faxed. Additionally, some reports are not releasable.
Insurance company request for police reports are processed via U.S. mail only. Requests must be mailed in and include: the report number or full name of the party involved, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check for the cost of the report. The .10 per page fee applies.
Attorney requests for police reports are processed via U.S. mail only if they can document they are the Attorney of fact. The .10 per page fee applies.
Crime and Incident Reports:
If the disclosure would endanger the safety of a witness or other involved party
If disclosure could endanger the successful completion of an investigation and/or related investigation
Name and address of a victim(s) of certain specified crimes will not be disclosed
If the Department is prohibited by law from releasing the report (e.g. child abuse reports)
Traffic Collision Reports:
Drivers involved in the collision
Registered owners of vehicles involved
Parents of a minor driver involved
Passengers involved listed in the report
Those incurring property damage as a result of the accident
Those who may incur civil liability as a result of the accident
Any attorney who declares under penalty of perjury that he or she represents any of the above persons
Parents of a juvenile may receive a copy of certain types of reports if their child is the only juvenile identified in the report.
All other requestors must petition the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court directly for the release of juvenile records. The Juvenile Court has the exclusive authority to determine whom, and the extent to which juvenile record information may be released.
Open Space Preserve - South Access
The City of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve - South currently consists of 2,137 acres, and is made up of a mosaic of habitats including wetlands, oak woodlands, and coastal sage scrub and native grasslands. The area houses some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. This scenic land provides both preservation of critically important plants and wildlife, as well as an area for recreation and respite. Over the next five years, the southern Open Space Preserve will grow to 4,000 acres.
At this time, public access to the City's Open Space Preserve - South is permitted only through guided hikes and programs. For more information about the Southern Preserve, access and programs, please call949-724-6738, or visit the City's Open Space website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org
Open Space Programs
The City's Open Space Services offers a variety of programs on a quarterly basis. Our activities include guided interpretive hikes, campouts, birding programs, geology walks, cardio-hikes, sunset picnic hikes, full-moon hikes, scout badge programs, summer camps for children K-6th grade, and the nine-month Kids and Nature Environmental Education program offered at the Nature Center for kindergarten children. For more information please call 949-724-6738, or visit our website at www.IrvineOpenSpace.org
Orange County Zoo
The Orange County Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park in the City of Orange. The address is 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.
The Orange County Zoo is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed on December 25 and January 1.
For more information, call (714) 973-6847 or visit their website at www.ocparks.com/oczoo
The Irvine Police Department works in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol and the state of California to insure that all vehicles traveling on local public roads obey posted and standard restrictions regarding vehicle weight.
Motor vehicles may not carry more than the allowed number pounds per axle or a total allowed number pounds on any road in the City of Irvine. The police department enforces these weight regulations through a mobile commercial vehicle enforcement program. Failure to obey the posted weight limit or the allowed vehicle weight limit may result in heavy fines and penalties.
For more information about overweight vehicles, or to report a vehicle that you believe is operating illegally, contact Officer Scott Crones, the Commercial Enforcement Officer for the Irvine Police Department located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, or call him at (949) 724-7000.
Park and Playground Equipment Maintenance/Vandalism
To report non-emergency park, athletic field and playground equipment maintenance or vandalism at City community and neighborhood parks, call (949) 724-6696. To report park and/or playground equipment emergency or safety items on a weekend or after 5pm weekdays, call Public Safety Dispatch at (949) 724-7200.
Park Building Custodial Services
To report custodial maintenance requests at City public community and neighborhood park buildings call (949) 724-6696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Irvine provides and maintains restroom buildings at the majority of the City Parks. Restroom buildings are opened and closed each day by Community Services staff.
Staff are scheduled to open restrooms daily, year-round, by 9am. The facilities are closed at dusk or as appropriate for each site. If you encounter a locked restroom during the daylight hours, contact the city's park ambassador staff at 949-254-1444 or 949-337-5238 or Irvine Public Safety at 949-724-7200.
To report damage or restroom maintenance issues please call the park ambassadors or facility services at 949-724-6696 during business hours or Irvine Public Safety at 949-724-7200.
Parking Lot and Bike Trail Rehabilitation Program
For a list of parking lot and bike trail rehabilitation projects currently scheduled, please go to the Public Works Department web page at www.ci.irvine.ca.us and select "Project Management" from the drop down menu, then choose "Parking Lot and Bike Trail Rehabilitation Program." For immediate assistance, call (949) 724-7511.
If you are requesting a parking variance for less than seven days, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7037. If you require a parking variance for seven days or longer, a Parking Variance Request Form can be obtained by contacting Armando Rutledge at (949) 724-7336, or email@example.com (Hours of Operation)
The Irvine Police Department is responsible for the enforcement of laws related to parking within the city of Irvine. Parking citations list the violation and the fine amount. Parking citations are not moving violations and will not reflect on a drivers DMV record. Citations are issued to the registered owner of the parked vehicle.
Be sure to read the instructions printed on the front and back of the citation. Certain violations require proof of correction. The police department front desk is able to verify proof of correction.
Parking citation fines must be paid within 21 calendar days from the date of the violation. The parking citation is an envelope that allows the violator to mail the citation and payment at the same time. The reverse of the citation is pre-addressed to a processing center. Do not change the address on the citation. Violators who pay their citations within 21 days are not required to take any further action. Any fines paid after 21 days may result in late fees and a DMV registration hold. The registration hold will prevent the driver from registering the vehicle until the citation has been paid.
Violators wishing to contest a citation must follow the following procedure. The initial parking review is handled by mail only. The police department will not review any citation in person, or over the telephone. You must write a letter to the department and provide an explanation of dispute. Please include any evidence or photographs that may be helpful to the Review Officer. Any items sent to the department will not be returned. All parking citation review requests must be post marked within 21 days of the violation. The Police Department will not review any citations after 21 days of issuance. A written response will be sent to you within 10 days.
If the citation involves any violations relating to disabled person parking, please be sure to include the following information with your review. A copy of the disabled persons placard, a copy of the handicap placard registration, a copy of the registered owners identification card, and a narrative from the disabled person as to the circumstances related to the violation.
Send your parking citation review request to:
Irvine Police Department
Attention: Parking Reviews
1 Civic Center Plaza
PO BOX 19575
Irvine CA 92623
If you need further information, call (949) 724-7026 or (949) 724-7037.
Parks and Recreation Information
There are a variety of opportunities to learn about park and recreation facilities and activities, including: internet updates, the Irvine Quick Reg web site (www.irvinequickreg.org) and various publications. The Irvine Activity Guide, located in the Inside Irvine publication, is published four times a year and is the most comprehensive source of information regarding upcoming programs and activities. Copies of this publication can be obtained at the Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza Irvine, Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 5:30pm. and alternating Fridays from 8am to 5pm. The Inside Irvine is also available at the various Community Park sites located throughout the City, local Irvine libraries and the two Irvine Senior Centers. Activity Guide information can also be downloaded from www.irvinequickreg.org
The City Of Irvine's website is available year-round and includes a complete listing of all the parks, trails, fields, and courts that the Department maintains, along with City of Irvine information, programs and facility reservation procedures. For further information regarding Parks and Recreation services call 949-724-6600 or visit the website at http://www.ci.irvine.ca.us/.
Parks and Recreation Volunteers
Volunteers are always welcome in Community Services. We seek warm and enthusiastic people of all ages to volunteer for a few hours, for a special one-day event, or a few days per week to assist the Community Services Department and fellow citizens at the same time. The need for certain positions varies from season to season and year to year. Individuals interested in volunteer opportunities can call 949-724-6603 for additional information or view listings for Community Services Department programs and facilities by visiting the Internet at www.cityofirvine.org.
To request applications for an advertised Advisory Board position, contact Community Services at 949-724-6600.
A U.S. Passport is required for any U.S. citizen to travel outside of the country.
For information about obtaining an Passport, please visit the United States Postal Service website at: www.usps.com/passport/
The United States Post Office located at 15642 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, does provide Passport Application Service. For more information, please call 1-800-275-8777.
The Orange County Clerk Recorder's Office also provides Passport Application Service. For more information, please call (714) 834-2500, or visit their web site: Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Web site Link
Working "in partnership with the community" the Irvine Police Department patrols approximately 47 square miles and is rapidly growing, providing service to over 165,000 persons. The City of Irvine is expected to grow out to its sphere of influence, which encompasses 73 square miles, within the next year with the addition of the Northern Sphere and Heritage Fields (El Toro Marine Air Base). The projected population is 250,000.
The patrol division of the Irvine Police Department transitioned to Geographic Policing on May 24, 2003. This change means Irvine has been divided into three geographic areas. These areas were then given names after much discussion, research, input from department members and the community and based on their geographic location. The names selected are “Portola,” “University” and “Crossroads.”
Currently, patrol officers operate under the area policing plan and officers, whether a patrol officer, traffic officer or a detective, are assigned to a specific area. The officers, who are assigned to a geographical area for longer periods of time, are allowed to become more familiar with problems occurring in their respective areas. In doing so, the officers' ability to address the community's needs and concerns will be more effective and specific. In addition to the improvements to the way we operate, we are also implementing cutting edge technology to help our officers and civilian employees to be more effective.
Each police vehicle is equipped with a laptop computer, offering powerful computer software that allows officers to locate addresses, create reports, generate maps, and receive calls for service. As technology advances, we too will maintain the most state of the art equipment available. We are currently updating our software to make computer operations even more effective. In addition to that technology, several police vehicles are also equipped with moving radar and we are also studying the emerging technologies associated with in-car video technology. These additions to our technological tools will contribute to a safer community.
Working as a patrol officer you have the ability to work a wide variety of assignments. Possible assignments include:
- Field training officer (FTO)
- Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
- Bike patrol
- Spectrum entertainment Policing Officer
- Canine Officer
- Vice/Narcotics Investigator
- DARE Officer
- School Resource Officer
Personal Property Tax
The County of Orange collects personal property tax on tangible items. Items such as automobiles, trucks, motor homes, motorcycles, trailers, boats, airplanes, business personal property, farm machinery, and tools, all qualify as personal property and are taxed at a rate based on the assessed value of the property. For more information about this tax, or to receive instructions and forms for paying personal property tax, contact the Orange County Assessor Department at www.ac.ocgov.com/newpage/TaxInfo.asp or call (714) 834-2455.
Personal Safety Tips
Self protection means knowing how to avoid being the victim of an attack or robbery by keeping alert for the unexpected and not taking unnecessary chance. It also includes knowing what to do if you are a victim and acting with common sense and cooperating with authorities. The Irvine Police Department has programs in place to help protect yourself against crime. Programs include precautions to take at home, precautions to take while walking or driving a car, sexual assault and robbery prevention, and various other topics of concern. Programs are intended to help you evaluate a crime risk and provide you with skills and information to help reduce the possibility of crime occurring and what to do if you do become a victim. For more information about personal safety programs, or to receive safety brochures at your home, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000.
Picnic Area Reservations
Picnic areas can be reserved at five locations: Bommer Canyon (up to 350 people); Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park (up to 75 people per shelter); Deerfield Community Park (up to 75 people); Heritage Park Community Center (up to 200 people); Las Lomas Community Park (up to 75 people); Northwood Community Park (up to 75 people); Turtle Rock Community Park (up to 200 people; sound restrictions apply); and Woodbury Community Park (up to 75 people). Fees and refundable deposits are charged for community park rentals; other requirements/restrictions apply. All other parks are considered neighborhood parks (available on a first-come, first-served basis for groups of fewer than 50) or association parks (managed through the individual homeowner associations). To reserve a park picnic area, please call 949-724-6620, or visit the City's website at http://cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/facilityresv/default.asp.
Police Department - Emergencies
In the event you need the emergency services of the Irvine Police Department, please dial 9-1-1. Please remember that 9-1-1 should only be used for in-progress crimes and/or life threatening situations. When you dial 911 for emergency assistance, the dispatcher will answer the phone and ask you questions about the emergency. They are: your name, the address of the emergency, the telephone number you are calling from, and a brief description of the emergency such as "An intruder is in my house," or "There is an accident at the intersection of Alton and Culver." Stay on the line until the dispatcher tells you it is ok to hang up. Dispatchers ask standard questions to help them make evaluations, decisions, and forward the necessary information to those responding to your call. Generally personnel are dispatched while the dispatcher is still on the line with you. For more information about police and emergency procedures call the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7200.
Police Department - General Information
The Irvine Police Department consists of 168 sworn Police Officers who are trained to provide you with the highest level of public safety and emergency assistance. The Irvine Police Department also has 911 services for emergency police, fire, and rescue assistance 24 hours a day. For more information about the emergency and non-emergency services that the Irvine Police Department brings to you, stop by the department's main office, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (949)724-7000. You may also visit our website at www.irvinepd.org.
Police Department Tours
Crime Prevention will provide your group or organization with a tour of the Irvine Police Department. The tour will begin at the Front Desk of the police department and the fingerprinting station. While on tour your group will also see the Communications Center, Emergency Operations Center, ITRAC, Report Writing Room, Briefing Room, and Secured Parking Lot with police vehicles. The highlight of the tour is the Jail. (If facilities are in use-they will not be included in the tour.) Please call (949) 724-7079 to schedule your tour.
The information provided in this section is quite lengthy. If you are a phone listener is it recommended that you call the Recruitment team at (949) 724-7106 during normal business hours. Once again, that number is (949) 724-7106.
What qualities and characteristics does the Irvine Police Department look for in police officer candidates?
There are 10 basic traits that the Irvine Police Department seeks in their police officer candidates:
3. Good communication skills
4. Good judgment/common sense
7. Knowledge of the job and the criminal justice system
8. Discretionary decision-making
10. Team oriented
What kinds of education & experience should I consider before applying to become a police officer with the City of Irvine?
Education: Most of the progressive agencies in California place a high value on a college education. The City of Irvine requires at least 60 college level units or an AA degree. The choice of a major is not nearly as important as the college experience itself.
Work experience: A track record as a dependable & reliable employee is just as important as education. The best predictor of future behavior is past performance. Positive job references from a reputable employer are extremely important. Any consistent employment is helpful, however jobs which emphasize public contact, interpersonal communications, dependability and responsibility are the most important.
Law enforcement Exposure: Make an ongoing effort to learn about law enforcement. Most agencies have part-time positions. They may be cadets, community service officers, police aides, public safety aides, etc. All provide exposure to the law enforcement environment. Agencies also have volunteer programs that can provide similar exposure and may also lead to employment opportunities.
Physical fitness: Start now on an ongoing physical fitness program, since you will need to be in good physical condition to successfully compete for employment and complete a police academy.
Moral character: Realize that any poor choices you make, especially as an adult, could jeopardize a future law enforcement career. While perfection is not expected or required, drug use, theft, dishonesty and poor judgment end many careers before they get started.
Balance: Above all, successful law enforcement applicants tend to be those who have balance in their lives. All of the above factors are important and development of one to the exclusion of the others will probably frustrate your career efforts.
What are the physical requirements of police officer candidates?
Weight must be in proportion to height; good physical condition as determined by an examining physician approved by the City of Irvine; vision must be 20/100 or better in each eye without correction, correctable to 20/20 in the better eye and not less than 20/30 in the lesser eye; and normal color vision.
What is involved in the hiring process for a police officer with the Irvine Police Department?
Our hiring process is highly selective and includes the following steps:
I. Application: The first step in the process is applying. Applications are accepted online. Applications are screened for minimum qualifications and the most qualified applicants will be notified if they are to continue to the next phase.
II. Application screening for most qualified. Human Resources and Personnel Services representatives review applications to assure job prerequisites are met.
Unqualified applicants are sent a letter by Human Resources thanking them for their interest and eliminating them from the process.
III. Written test.
The P.O.S.T. approved test that is administered at the City of Irvine is a general knowledge test to evaluate your language and problem solving skills.
IV. Oral interview.
One or more oral boards are established depending on the number of applicants. Generally, the oral board will include one police sergeant and one or more police officers from the Irvine Police Department.
Candidates that are successful in the oral interview will be invited to fill out a pre-poly questionnaire to be discussed with the recruiting sergeant or lieutenant.
VI. Polygraph examination.
Candidates that successfully pass the pre-poly will move to the polygraph stage. The applicant is responsible for arranging an appointment with the department authorized polygraph examiner. If applicant passes the polygraph examination, the background investigation moves forward. If applicant fails the polygraph, a letter will be sent from Personnel Services and they are then eliminated from the process.
VII. Background investigation.
The personal history statement given to the applicant in the background package must be completed and returned within 10 days. The applicant is responsible for arranging to have their photograph and fingerprints taken by the Irvine Police Department front desk personnel. The background investigation generally takes from 3-6 months to complete.
VIII. Second Interview.
The most qualified applicants are invited back for a second interview. This interview is with the Chief of Police. Applicants may schedule a police ride-along prior to the second interview to learn more about Irvine's policing philosophy. The ride-along can only be scheduled after successfully passing the first oral interview for police recruits. Lateral officer candidates may ride-along at any time before or during the hiring process.
IX. Psychological evaluation.
The applicant will be notified to schedule an appointment with the department psychologist. A copy of the background summary is faxed to the psychologist. The Personnel Services Lieutenant will be notified by the psychologist of the exam results. Successful completion of the exam advances the applicant to the medical examination. Unsuccessful applicants receive a letter from Personnel Services eliminating them from the process.
X. Medical examination.
Applicants are sent to the department approved medical facility for a physical examination. Any medical problems identified will be reported to the Human Resources Department representative. The Human Resources Representative will consult with the Personnel Services Lieutenant and a decision will be made to accept/reject the applicant.
XI. Physical abilities test. The P.O.S.T. Job-Related Test Battery includes the following five tests:
99-Yard Obstacle Course: Run a 99 yard obstacle course consisting of several sharp turns, a number of curb height obstacles, and a 34 inch high obstacle that must be vaulted.
Body Drag: Lift and drag a 165 pound lifelike dummy for 32 feet.
Chain Link Fence Climb: Run 5 yards to a 6 foot chain link fence, climb over the fence and continue running another 25 yards.
Solid Fence Climb: Run 5 yards to a 6 foot solid fence, climb over the fence and continue running another 25 yards.
500 yard run: Run 500 yards (equivalent to 1 lap plus 60 yards of standard running track).
What kinds of specialty assignments does the Irvine Police Department have?
The following are specialty assignments available at the Irvine Police Department:
Do you have to be a United States citizen to become a police officer?
Yes. California State law, (California Government Code, sec. 1031) requires that peace officers be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens who are eligible for citizenship. The Irvine Police Department will allow you to test for the position of police officer while your application is being processed for citizenship, however, you will not be given a job offer until your citizenship is granted.
What is a "Lateral Transfer"?
This classification is for experienced police officers who have graduated from a P.O.S.T. certified basic academy, completed a probation period of full-time sworn police experience and be in possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate at the time of filing the employment application.
Do you accept police officer lateral transfers?
Yes. We accept applications for lateral transfer on a continuous basis as needed. There is some flexibility on the education, depending on your experience.
What is the process for an out of state lateral officer applicant?
The requirements do include a California POST Basic Certificate, satisfactory completion of probation and either an AA/AS or 60 units. All out of state applicants will need to complete the California Peace Officer Standards & Training (P.O.S.T.) Re-qualification Course prior to testing as a lateral police officer applicant. Please refer to the California Peace Officer Standards & Training web page for more details on the re-qualification course at http://www.post.ca.gov.
What is P.O.S.T.?
The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) is responsible for regulating and certifying all law enforcement agencies in the state. The Commission's goal is to concentrate its services on the three ingredients believed to be most critical to effective law enforcement:
Meeting the statewide need for consistent peace officer selection standards by developing and updating job-related selection standards.
Assuring that California peace officers have access to appropriate training to acquire the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors which are consistent with the requirements and expectations of professional competence associated with the job at each career and experience stage.
Fostering and facilitating healthy and productive organizational environments in which officers work by providing a system of leadership development programs and offering management counseling services.
The Commission on POST is a state agency which was formally established in 1959. It consists of 14 members, 13 of whom are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, for three-year overlapping terms. Commissioners are selected to provide a balanced group of city and county administrators, law enforcement professionals, educators, and public members. The State Attorney General is a Commissioner by law.
The POST Advisory Committee is the Commission's "sounding board" and provides input on many of the Commission's complex issues. The Advisory Committee represents the major associations and organizations within California's law enforcement community. Educators and public members also serve on the Committee. The POST Commission establishes minimum selection and training standards, provides counseling on improving management practices, and provides financial assistance to agencies to support the training of their peace officers, dispatchers and para-professional employees. Other major responsibilities include:
administering a professional certificate program for peace officers, reserves and dispatchers;
incorporating instructional technology in training; conducting feasibility studies regarding peace officer status; and implementing statutory mandates as required.
For more information about P.O.S.T. visit their web page at http://www.post.ca.gov
What is a P.O.S.T. Certificate?
The POST Basic Certificate is the first of several levels of professional peace officer certificates issued by the state. The POST Basic Certificate is required within 18 months of being appointed as a peace officer. You can obtain a California Basic POST Certificate in two ways:
Seek employment with an agency that sponsors recruits through a POST basic police academy.
Sponsor yourself through one of the POST basic police academies which accepts independent recruits.
These basic police academies are operated by several community colleges throughout the state, including Fullerton, Goldenwest & Rio Hondo. If you are a lateral applicant from out-of-state, or you were not hired within 3 years of completing the basic academy, you may take the P.O.S.T. re-qualification course that is 3 weeks in length. For more information on POST certificates, refer to the California POST website: http://www.post.ca.gov
During the testing process, do you receive additional points for being in the military service?
No. However, military service, education, training and/or work experience will be included in your background file for review by the administration during the selection process.
How long is the training period for an entry level police recruit?
As an entry-level officer, you will need to complete the Basic Academy, which may range from 664 hours to 980 hours depending upon which academy is attended. The Irvine Police Department generally utilizes Rio Hondo College, Orange County Sheriff or Goldenwest College. After completion of the academy, you must successfully complete a 16-week training program provided by the Irvine Police Department.
Will I be paid while I attend the academy?
Yes. While attending the police academy you will receive the regular salary for a police recruit.
Do you have to live at the academy?
No. The general hours of the academy are 0700-1600 with weekends and holidays off.
Do you have to live in Irvine?
No. You do not need to be a resident of the City of Irvine, but you do need to be a resident of the State of California.
Do you have a tuition reimbursement program?
Yes. The City of Irvine offers a tuition reimbursement of $1,300.00 per year. A portion of that ($350) may be used toward professional development.
What kind of work schedule do the patrol officers have?
Patrol officers either work four 10-hour days or three 12-hour days. Those scheduled for the 4/10 work Monday-Thursday. Those scheduled for the 3/12 work Friday-Sunday.
Common Disqualifiers for Police Officer Positions
Below is a list of the most common areas that may disqualify an applicant for a Police Officer position with the Irvine Police Department. If you have a question regarding any of these areas, please contact Lieutenant Al Murray at (949) 724-7143.
Use of marijuana, hashish, or cocaine within the last 12 months.
Use of cocaine more than 5 times within the last 3 years.
Use of LSD or heroin at anytime.
Sale of marijuana, drugs, or narcotics at any time.
Knowingly remaining in place where narcotics were used.
Experimentation with barbiturates, amphetamines, or hallucinogenics, other than LSD.
Use of non-prescription steroids within the last 12 months.
On probation or parole.
Adult conviction for a property related offense.
Theft from any employer as an adult in excess of $100.00 (property or cash).
Sex act for which criminal prosecution would have resulted had the incident been reported.
Unable to obtain a valid California drivers license.
Unable to obtain motor vehicle insurance.
Conviction of 4 or more moving violations.
Revocation/suspension of drivers license within the past 3 years.
At fault in 3 traffic accidents within the last 5 years.
Continued responses indicating deception on questions asked.
Withholding information from polygraph examiner.
Failure to meet the standards as determined by the department psychologist (written and oral interview.
Physically incapable of safely performing job duties pursuant to ADA regulations.
Falsification and/or omission of any data on personal history statement.
Untruthfulness to the background investigator.
Not U.S. citizen or resident alien having filed for citizenship within the last 12 months.
Inability to communicate with a variety of types of people as is expected of a police officer.
Unfavorable work history (discipline, firing, attendance problems, etc.).
Signs of immaturity from background investigator.
NOTE: This list is not all inclusive and other information or facts revealed in the detailed background investigation may also be sufficient to disqualify an applicant.
Contacting the Recruiting Team
For more information, or to be personally contacted by a member of the Irvine Police Department Recruiting Team, email them at PS_RecruitmentTeam@ci.irvine.ca.us or click here for an information form to submit. Or you can call us direct at (949) 724-7215.
The Hiring Process
What does it take to get hired? The process for hiring all police officer applicants is essentially the same. The seven steps illustrated below are designed to identify those individuals best qualified for a career in law enforcement:
STEP 1: Application: The first step in the process is applying. Applications are accepted online. Applications are screened for minimum qualifications and the most qualified applicants will be notified if they are to continue to the next phase.
STEP 2: A written examination is administered and is designed to test your languange and problem solving skills.
STEP 3: An oral interview by an interview board is the next step in the process. The board members ask job-related questions designed to assess the applicant's knowledge and skills.
STEP 4: Pre-poly.
STEP 5: The next step in the process is the polygraph and the background investigation. A polygraph is used to confirm information on the application form, present and past use of narcotics or drugs, and any previous job-related problem. The background investigator will contact employers, references, family members and neighbors to assess the applicant's character. The background investigation normally takes between 3-6 weeks to complete.
STEP 6: Police officer applicants who successfully complete the first five steps may receive a job offer contingent upon the applicant passing the medical, psychological and physical agility test.
STEP 7: The final step in the process is complete medical, psychological and physical agility exams. These exams are conducted by the department to determine the applicant's fitness for duty. While these steps may take two to three months to complete, the successful applicant can then begin his or her career in law enforcement. Recruits are scheduled for a 26- week academy, while academy graduates and laterals officers from other police agencies are assigned to Field Training Officers for their assignments in Patrol. In past years the Irvine Police Department has enjoyed great success in recruiting highly qualified candidates for sworn positions within the department. This is due, in part, to the professional reputation that the department has earned over the past 35 years and to the continued support of City management and the Irvine City Council who have identified public safety as the number one priority in the City's strategic business plan.
For Current Employment Opportunities please click here
Police Explorers Program
The Irvine Police Explorers is a program that allows teenagers to investigate a career in law enforcement. Explorers volunteer at a variety of community events and provide services ranging from traffic control to fingerprinting small children. After explorers complete a five-day training academy, they are invited to participate in monthly patrol ride-alongs. "I have the best time when I am on ride-alongs, I get to be right in the middle of all the action. I have been able to have a much better understanding of law enforcement and now know that this would be a great career." said Police Explorer Captain, Scott Grange.
Explorers meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. During meetings, they discuss upcoming events and receive training ranging from homicide investigation to first aid. Explorers are greatly involved in the community and encourage all members to develop strong ethics and leadership. Many former explorers have gone onto careers in law enforcement.
The Explorers raise money while working community events and use that money to take annual summer vacations. Past trips have included: a five-day cruise, seven days in Hawaii and this year they will travel up north for a river-rafting trip.
The police department recruits new explorer members throughout the school year. Those interested are encouraged to attend the open house. Candidates must attend two consecutive meetings and complete an oral interview. Those interested in joining, should be of strong moral character and free of any significant criminal history.
For more information, contact the Irvine Explorer Hotline at (949) 724-7048.
Polling Places and Times
Polling Places and Times
There are several Post Office Locations in Irvine and surrounding areas that serve our citizens with mail services:
Irvine Sand Canyon Post Office at (949) 453-4910, 15642 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, 92619
Harvest Station at (949) 474-0292, 17192 Murphy Avenue, Irvine, 92623
Northwood Station at (714) 368-3374, 1 League, Irvine, 92602
University Station at (949) 474-0292, 4255 Campus Drive, Ste A100, Irvine, 92616
Industrial Station at (714) 546-7010, 2230 S Grand Avenue, Santa Ana, 92705
Tustin Main Office at (714) 544-2258, 340 E 1st Street, Tustin, 92781
To inquire about mail services available to you, or to answer your postal delivery and zipcode questions, contact the United States Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777, or visit their website at www.usps.com
Parents may enroll their preschool-age child or children in any one of a number of private preschools and day care centers in and around the City of Irvine. A full list of licensed day care centers may be obtained by visiting Child Care Coordination website or calling the City of Irvine's Child Care Coordination Office at (949) 724-6635.
The Orange County Superior Court is a trial court that operates in seven court facilities throughout Orange County. The Court handles matters that include Probate and Mental Health Probate/ Mental Health. The Probate and Mental Health Court Probate/Mental Health Court is located at Orange County Superior Court, Lamoreaux Justice Center, 341 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868
For general information regarding Probate and Mental Health Court Probate/ Mental Health Court, call the Orange County Superior Court, Lamoreaux Justice Center at (657) 622-5500, or visit the website at www.occourts.org
There are five ways to register for Community Services classes and activities: on-line using your Family Pin number and Client ID number at www.irvinequickreg.org; touch-tone on your phone using your Family Pin number and Client ID number at 949-222-2251; by faxing a Program Registration Application form to 949-724-6608; by mailing a Program Registration Application form to C/S Registration, P.O. Box 19575 Irvine, CA 92623; or in person at 1 Civic Center Plaza (second floor-Community Services) Monday through Thursday 8:30am to 5:30pm and alternating Fridays from 8am to 5pm. For questions regarding new Family PIN and Client ID numbers, the registration process, general information, billing, and requests to correct, add or change information on your family account call 949-724-6610. To view class schedules and prices go to www.IrvineQuickReg.org
Public Disaster Shelters
In extreme emergencies, the City of Irvine may advise you by means of emergency broadcast radio or television to evacuate your home and seek shelter. When this happens your first choice for shelter should always be a friend or relative's house in a safe and accessible area. When conditions prevent this, you should try to take refuge in a public disaster shelter operated by emergency management agencies. Irvine has designated a number of buildings, primarily schools, as possible public shelters. The exact number and location of shelters opened will be determined based upon the emergency. Listen for local radio and television announcements on shelter locations and opening times. Do not go to a shelter before it is scheduled to open. Public shelters are little more than basic survival facilities, so when going to a shelter be prepared to bear the inconveniences of shelter life and to cooperate with the officials in charge. For more information on shelters, call the Emergency Management Office at (949) 724-7235.
Public Library Hours and LocationsKatie Wheeler Library is located at 13109 Old Myford Road, near the intersection of Jamboree and Irvine Boulevard, and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (714) 669-8753.
University Park Library is located at 4512 Sandburg Way, near Lexicon, and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For information, call (949) 786-4001.
The Orange County Public Library System consists of three branches located in The City of Irvine.
For information, call (949) 936-4040.
- Heritage Park Regional Libary is located at 14361 Yale Avenue, and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, please visit the Orange County Public Library website at: www.ocpl.org
Public Park Inventory/Amenities
A list of the City's parks and other facilities and their amenities is available on the City’s website at www.cityofirvine.org. The listing includes the locations of community and neighborhood parks, their sizes, number and types of playing fields and courts, recreational amenities, and the number of picnic tables and other available picnic amenities. The Bommer Vista Point and the special facilities of the Irvine Animal Care Center, Central Bark Park, Quail Hill Trail Head and the Jeffrey Open Space Trail are also included. Addresses and phone numbers are listed to enable inquiry on the days and hours of operation of each of the parks. The inventory listing can be printed for future reference.
For further information, or to have the Public Park Inventory mailed or faxed, call 949-724-6620.
Public Records Request
Public Records Requests are submitted to the City Clerk's Office of Records and Information. Requests may be made in person at City Hall, or by mail, e-mail, or fax. For your convenience, Public Records Request forms are available on the city's website here or at the Office of Records and Information.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Office of Records and Information at: (949) 724-6281.
Public Transit Bus Schedule
The Orange County Transportation Authority provides extensive bus service throughout Irvine and Orange County. For bus schedules, bus fares, and general information, contact The Orange County Transportation Authority at (714) 636-7433.
For more information, visit their website at www.octa.net
Public Transit Rail Schedule
Public Transit Rail Service for Irvine and surrounding communities is provided by Amtrak and Metrolink. Amtrak and Metrolink have routes that stop at the Irvine Station located at 15215 Barranca Parkway (at Ada Street).
For information regarding Amtrak, call 1-800-872-7245, or visit their website at www.amtrak.com
For information regarding Metrolink, call 1-800-371-5465, or visit their website at www.metrolinktrains.com
For information regarding the Irvine Station , call (949) 724-7777.
Maintenance of railroad crossings is the responsibility of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), also known as Metrolink, the railroad companies that own the tracks. Together, they work to keep signs and signals functional and visible, as well as keeping the pavement well-marked and smooth for transport by both vehicles and trains. For more information, or to report a problem at any City railroad crossing, contact the City of Irvine between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (949) 724-7600
Red Curb Request
If you are requesting a a red curb to be installed and if you reside in a private community, you should contact your Homeowners Association Board. For public streets, contact Armando Rutledge at (949) 724-7336, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
Register to Vote
Register to Vote
There are numerous religious institutions in the City of Irvine. For a detailed list please click here.
Relocating your Business within the Area
Before relocating your business within the City of Irvine, you must contact the Community Development Department at (949) 724-6300 to ensure that the area you are moving to is zoned for your business. Not all businesses are allowed in all zoning districts. The office is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once you have received notification that the area of interest is appropriately zoned for your business, you will need to contact the Business License unit in Regulatory Affairs to complete a business license application. Business License applications can be obtained in Community Development, Regulatory Affairs, or downloaded from www.cityofirvine.org/ipd/divisions/business_licenses/default.asp
Reporting a Crime
Many people have questions about what is suspicious. It could be a stranger who enters your neighbor's home while your neighbor is away with no apparent lawful purpose, or someone carrying property such as TVs, radios, or stereos at an unusually late hour or in an unusual place. It could be non-public employees using or damaging public utilities. Other suspicious activity is the sound of shattering glass, which could be the sign of a burglary or vandalism in progress. Anyone being forced into a vehicle could be the victim of a possible abduction. In general, any activity which you observe that is out of the ordinary and potentially illegal should be reported. When you make your report, the police officer or dispatcher will ask for your name, address, and phone number for informational purposes; however, you may remain anonymous and any information you provide will be kept in confidence. An officer will gather pertinent facts about what you witnessed, such as what happened, where, when, and who was involved. It is always helpful if you can provide information like names, physical descriptions, facial features, types of clothing, and estimated ages of the people involved. If a vehicle is involved, a physical description as well as the color, model, year, and license plate number are very helpful. Any detail you can remember will greatly assist police in the apprehension of criminals. If you are reporting a crime such as a burglary, breaking and entering, or theft, provide the police with as much information as possible about the property taken, including property value and serial numbers. After you file your report, remember that the Irvine Police Department receives numerous reports everyday and that it may be some time until your report is investigated. The department must prioritize reports by the nature and severity of the crime committed and the factor time plays in a particular investigation. Be assured that officers make every effort to quickly and comprehensively follow up each situation. For more information about detecting criminal or suspicious activity, or to file a criminal report, contact the Irvine Police Department Business Desk, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call them at (949)724-7000.
Reporting Fire Hazards
If you spot a potential fire hazard, such as a downed power line, a leaking fire hydrant, dry and crackling brush, or a leaking fuel tank, please call 9-1-1. All potential fire hazards will be investigated by the Orange County Fire Authority and the Irvine Police Department. When you call, be prepared to disclose the exact nature and location of the hazard so that the department can remedy the situation quickly and effectively.
Request a Claim Form for Damages
Claim for damages forms may be requested by contacting the City Clerk's Department at (949) 724-6205,
You may also access the form on line here.
Reserve a Public Facility
The City of Irvine Community Services Department manages the rental and reservations of the City's public facilities. Availabe Amentiies inlcude:
For reservations, please call (949) 724-6620 or visit the web site link to download the Resevation Fee Policies, as well as the Facility Reservation Application: Facility Reservations Web site Link
- Meeting Rooms
- Craft Rooms
- Picnic Facilities
- Banquet Rooms
- And more....
Residential Business Licenses
The City of Irvine allows home occupations in most residential zoning districts. A home occupation is a business activity which results in a product or service that is conducted in whole or in part of a dwelling unit. A residential business license certificate is required before a home occupation can begin operation. The list of stipulations, in order to operate a business from your home, can be found at www.cityofirvine.org/ipd/divisions/business_licenses/default.asp (business license section) along with a home occupation application. The certificate can be applied for and obtained from the Business License Department in Regulatory Affairs which is located at 1 Civic Center Plaza between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and alternate Fridays. For more information about licensing a home business or the home business ordinance, call the Business License department at (949) 724-7128.
The Irvine Police Department offers a ride along program in which citizens may ride with a uniformed police officer during his or her regular duty shift. This program is a great way for Irvine citizens to witness firsthand how their law enforcement officials help to keep the community safe. Typically, only residents of Irvine will be permitted. A routine background check will be conducted on all applicants. For more information, or to receive an application, contact the Business Desk located at 1 Civic Center Plaza , between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call them at (949) 724-7000.
For information on carpooling in the Irvine area contact Spectrumotion at (949) 727-4273 or visit their website at www.72share.com
Road Construction Projects
For a list of current projects and contacts for road construction presently taking place within the City of Irvine, visit the Project Management division within public works department. (Road Construction projects) For immediate assistance, call (949) 724-7511. Once again that number is (949) 724-7511
Running for Public Office
Running for Public Office
Santa Ana Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is located at 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. The park is open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the grounds closing at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with grounds closing at 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for persons 13 and older, $5 for children 3-12 and $5 for seniors, children under 3 are free.
For more information, call (714) 836-4000 or visit their website www.santaanazoo.org
School Board Information
There are two School Districts that provide public education to the citizens of Irvine: The Irvine Unified School District and The Tustin Unified School District.
Contact the School District Offices for School Board Information.
The Irvine Unified School District Office is located at 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, and their telephone number is (949) 936-5000. For more information, visit their website at www.iusd.org.
The Tustin Unified School District Office is located at 300 South C Street, Tustin, CA 92780, and their telephone number is (714) 730-7301. For more information, visit their website at www.tustin.k12.ca.us.
School Boundary Policy
Contact the Irvine Unified School District for information regarding the School Boundary Policy.
The Irvine Unified School District Office is located at 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, and their number is (949) 936-5000.
For more information visit their website at: www.iusd.org
School Calendar and Holiday Schedule
Contact the Irvine Unified School District and the Tustin Unified School District Offices for information regarding school calendars and holiday schedules.
The Irvine Unified School District Office is located at 5050 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, and their telephone number is (949) 936-5000.
For more information, visit their website at www.iusd.org.
The Tustin Unified School District Office is located at 300 South C Street, Tustin, CA 92780, and their telephone number is (714) 730-7301.
For more information, visit their website at www.tustin.k12.ca.us.
School District Information
There are two School Districts that provide public education to the citizens of Irvine: The Irvine Unified School District and The Tustin Unified School District.
The Irvine Unified School District is a public school system that seeks to produce educated and well-rounded young people through excellence in teaching, facilities and administration.
Contact the Irvine Unified School District Office for information about schools located in Irvine. The office is located at 5050 Barrranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, and their telephone number is (949) 936-5000. For more information, visit their website at www.iusd.org.
The Tustin Unified School District serves residents who live in the western and northern areas of Irvine. Tustin Unified School District has a long history of excellence that continues to grow and be enriched by the accomplishments of its students, teachers, staff, and community.
Contact the Tustin Unified School District Office for information about schools that serve students that live in Irvine. The School District Office is located at 300 South C Street, Tustin, CA 92780, and their telephone number is (714) 730-7301. For more information, visit their website at www.tustin.k12.ca.us
School Resource Officer Program
School Resource Officers
Officer Eddie Robinson
Irvine High School
Venado Middle School
Officer Mike Frei
Woodbridge High School
Lakeside Middle School
Officer Justin Russell
Creekside High School
South Lake Middle School
Officer Kayla Wiebe
Northwood High School
Sierra Vista Middle School
Officer Frough Jahid
Beckman High School
Officer Shane Holloway
University High School
Rancho San Joaquin Middle School
The Irvine Unified School District provides a school bus fleet as a service to the school community. The Transportation Department is located at 14600 Sand Canyon Avenue, and the office hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The number to contact the Transportation Department is (949) 936-5370. For more information, visit their web site link: IUSD Transportation Web site Link
The Tustin Unified School District also provides a school bus fleet. The number to contact the Transportation Department is (714) 730-7518. and the office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:30pm. For more information, visit their website at www.tustin.k12.ca.us/HTML/InfoCenter/General/transportation
Senior Employment Services
At this time, the City provides no services related to Senior Employment.
The Orange County Sheriff’s (County of Orange) Administrative Offices are located at 550 North Flower St., Santa Ana, CA 92703. For information call (714) 647-7000, or visit their website at www.ocsd.org
The City of Irvine Public Works Department is aware that shopping carts left on sidewalks and parkways along City streets can be a nuisance to the community. Please contact Public Works if you observe carts outside of shopping center parking lots, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (949) 724-7600. You may also contact California Shopping Cart Retrieval Services CART at 1-800-252-4613 and leave a detailed message regarding the location of the cart including the City where the cart is located.
The City of Irvine Public Works Department constructs, maintains and repairs sidewalks, curbs, gutters and access ramps in the public right-of-way adjacent to residential and arterial roads. For more information, or to report a sidewalk, curb, gutter or access ramp in need of repair, contact Public Works at (949) 724-7600. (Hours of Operation)
For the latest information regarding our slurry seal program, visit the City's website, go to the Public Works webpage and select "Slurry Seal Schedule." For immediate assistance, call Public Works at (949) 724-7600. Once again, the number is: (949) 724-7600. (Hours of Operation)
Small Claims Court
The Harbor Justice Center, Laguna Hills Facility (The Superior Court of California, Orange County), serves Irvine and surrounding cities for Small Claims Court.
The Harbor Justice Center is located at 23141 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653-1251. The Small Claims Court may be contacted at (657) 622-8671. The general information number for the Harbor Justice Center is (657) 622-5700. For more information, visit their website at www.occourts.org.
The New Statewide Smoke-free Entryway Law (AB 846), amends California Government Code Sections 7596-7598, to prohibit smoking within 20 feet of a main entrance, exit, and operable window of all public buildings (buildings owned and occupied, or leased and occupied by the state, county, or city) as well as buildings on the campuses of the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California community colleges, effective January 1, 2004. For the law to be effective, a sign must be posted describing the no smoking prohibition.
Section 7596(a) of the law defines a public building as "...a building owned and occupied, or leased and occupied by the state, a county, a city, a city and county, or a California community college district." The law applies to all state, county, and city government buildings. The new law does NOT apply to privately owned buildings unless they are leased or occupied by a state, county, or city agency.
For more information regarding Smoking and Tobacco Laws that affect Orange County, contact the County of Orange, Health Care Agency, at (714) 834-4722, or visit their website at http://www.ochealthinfo.com/tupp
Soccer - Adult Leagues
Adult Soccer Leagues forming; call today to register! Adult Soccer leagues are operated by Irvine's Athletic Services and have been modeled after some of the more successful adult soccer leagues in Southern California. A variety of leagues and levels are offered for interested teams. For more information, click here.
Link to Athletics Adult Soccer Leagues
Social Services Agency
The Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA) operates under the policy direction of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the California Departments of Social Services and Health Services. SSA is responsible for planning, implementing, and operating many of the social services programs provided by the County of Orange. Funding for programs comes from State, Federal, and County sources. The Social Services Agency is located at:
23330 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949-206-5800
East Region - Santa Ana Work Centre
1000 E. Santa Ana, Ste. 300, Santa Ana, CA 92701 714-667-8500
East Region - Arbor Education & Training
1506 Brookhollow Dr. #118, Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-641-3620
For more information, visit their website at http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/
Softball - Adult Leagues
Adult Softball Leagues forming… call today to register! Leagues are scheduled and operated by Irvine’s Athletic Services, and games are played on the finest of Irvine's award winning fields. Click here for more information.
Link to Athletics Adult Softball Page
Special Event Permits
Any citizen or group who wishes to hold a parade or race through City of Irvine right-of-way must apply for a permit prior to the event. Permit applicants should come to the Irvine Police Department to apply. You must include a map of the exact route of the parade or race with your application. Plan your permit needs early; it can take up to 4 weeks to process your application. The office has the right to modify the time or nature of your application or to deny the application outright if it does not fit with the needs of the City of Irvine. You may also be required to pay for police officers or other City of Irvine personnel to be on hand for the event. For more information or to apply for a parade or race permit, stop by the Irvine Police Department, located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Tuesday through Friday, or call them at (949) 724-7022.
The Community Services Department proudly hosts many special events for the community. Watch for such events as the Irvine Global Village Festival, Military Ceremonies, Concerts in the park and many more. These events are very popular and are usually held at our local Community Parks. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit the City of Irvine Web site or call (949) 724-6610.
Special Olympics Southern California - Orange County offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes countywide.
The Orange County program not only provides people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but also provides social interaction, community involvement, and a setting to showcase their talents.
For information regarding Special Olympics Southern California-Orange County, contact them at 550 N. Parkcenter Drive, Suite 102, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Their phone number is (714) 564-8374, or visit their web site:
Special Olympics Southern California - Orange County Web site Link
Sports parks, fields and facilities
Field reservation information, policies and availability; park sites and hours
Outstanding athletics facilities are located throughout Irvine and supervised by the City's Athletic Services section. Staff coordinate an allocation process and reservations of all City-owned sports fields.
Sports parks and field sites
Starting a Business
There are many steps that need be taken when starting a new business. A list of agencies to contact before starting a business can be found on the City of Irvine business license application and instruction web site: Agencies to Contact Before Starting a Business. After you have identified what type of business you are starting, a location for the business needs to be found. Once the location has been found or if you need to speak to someone regarding a potential business site, contact the Community Development department at (949) 724-6470. The Community Development department will be able to assist you by explaining zoning issues, building and business permits, and site selection. Once you are ready to begin your business, your final step is to file for a business license with the City of Irvine: Business License Application Web site Link If you need assistance with the application or have a general question, call (949) 724-6310.
State Disability/Insurance Claims
The City of Irvine does not process State Disability Insurance Claims. If you need to file for Disability benefits or have a disability claim-related question, please visit the State of California, Employment Development Department's website at: www.edd.ca.gov or call SDI representatives at 1-800-480-3287. When calling via the California Relay Service (711), please provide the State Disability Insurance number (1-800-480-3287) to the operator.
Storm Drains and Drainage Ditches
The City of Irvine is responsible for installing and maintaining storm drains and drainage facilities within the Public Works Street Division public right-of-way. Storm drains and ditches divert the water after a storm or shower away from road surfaces, public access areas, or low basins where water collection could be unhealthy and dangerous. Water instead flows into drains and ditches where it can be safely channeled. The system consists of inlets, catch basins, open county storm channels, ditches, underground pipelines, and detention ponds. The division routinely inspects and cleans to remove any obstacles obstructing the flow of water and makes structural improvements to insure that the system is efficiently and reasonably handling water flow. Citizens are reminded to never dispose of leaves, grass clippings, or trash into the drainage system or in a location, such as a roadway, where debris could be swept into the system by storm water. For more information, or to report a storm drain or ditch that is backed up or flooding, contact Public Works at (949) 724-7600. (Hours of Operation)
Strategic Business Plan
As a blueprint for the City's future, the Strategic Business Plan defines the Irvine City Council's goals and evaluates the City's financial capacity to achieve them.
Each January, the City Council reviews the Strategic Business Plan and sets funding priorities for the coming fiscal year using the financial projections contained within the Strategic Business Plan. When funds are not available to fulfill every goal, priority services are funded first.
The City Council's priorities are
A clean and well-maintained environment
Economic prosperity and a livable community
For more information on the Strategic Business Plan, call (949) 724-6046, or visit the City Web site Link: Strategic Business Plan Web site Link
Public Streets may be abandoned or vacated if they are no longer useful to the public, and City Council finds that your project meets the requirements set forth in California Streets and Highways Code Section 8330. If your project requires a street or public utility easement to be abandoned, you must complete an application with the Public Works Department and submit it with the application fee. (Click here for requirements) The City will either approve the application or provide you with comments within fifteen working days of receipt of the application. Upon completion of the review process, the City Council will be asked to approve a resolution of abandonment and the City will have it recorded and return a copy of the recorded document to you. For more information, please contact Tim Kirkham, at (949) 724-6422, or email@example.com (Hours of Operation)
Most street lights in the City of Irvine are owned and maintained by Southern California Edison. For inquiries related to the main street lights, contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-611-1911. Those attached to the traffic signals poles or located on city bridges are owned and maintained by the City. If you have any questions regarding these lights, call the City of Irvine Public Works Department at (949) 724-7600.
(Hours of Operation)
Street Maintenance and Repairs
The City of Irvine makes every effort to respond immediately to all repair and maintenance concerns on City roads, but they can always use your help. If you notice City roadways or sidewalks with dangerous cracks or holes, roadways with debris, rights-of-way that are encroached by bushes, trees, or other obstructions, or malfunctioning or broken traffic signals and signs, contact the department to report the problem. When you call, be prepared with the location and type of maintenance problem as well as your name and phone number so that the department can contact you for additional information. Leave these details in a message if a person is unable to answer the phone when you call. For more information, or to report a maintenance or repair need, contact Public Works at (949) 724-7600 (Hours of Operation) or fill out the Resident Report Form.
If you have any questions regarding the City of Irvine Sweeping Program, call Public Works Maintenance at (949) 724-7600 or Joe Dillman, Street Maintenance Superintendent at (949) 724-7696 or visit the City's website to view and print out a copy of the street sweeping schedule.
The City of Irvine Sweeping Program provides service for arterial, residential and industrial area roadways. Arterial roadways are swept twice-monhtly, between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. Residential roadways are swept twice-monthly, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Irvine Business Complex and the Irvine Industrial Complex East is also swept twice-monthly, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Subpoenas for records and information are served to the City Clerk's Office, located on the third floor of City Hall, and processed by the Office of Records and Information. For information call (949) 724-6205.
The City's Development Engineering Division, in the Public Works Department, provides survey monument information for City of Irvine street improvement projects. This information is available at City Hall, which is located at One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. For assistance, you may contact Andew Pham at (949) 724-7309, or firstname.lastname@example.org (Hours of Operation)
Survey services do not include work for individual citizens, such as locating property corners and boundary lines or resolving boundary disputes between private landowners. Citizens requiring these types of services should contact a qualified, private surveying company.
For benchmark information, please contact the County of Orange Public Works at (714) 834-2300.
The City of Irvine's Learn-To-Swim program offers swimming lessons for all abilities, and ages six months through adult. Swim lessons are offered year-round at the William Woollett Junior Aquatics Center, and during the summer at the Northwood High School Aquatics Center. All classes are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.
For class times, fees and session dates, please visit the website at www.IrvineQuickReg.org or stop by either pool. For questions call 949-724-6717.
Aquatics Home Page
The City of Irvine operates and maintains two public swimming pool facilities. William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center is located at 4601 Walnut, in Heritage Park, and Northwood High School Aquatics Center is located at 4515 Portola Parkway, at Northwood High School.
Woollett Aquatics Center sports two side-by-side 50-meter pools and a 25-yard teaching pool. It is also equiped with family changing rooms, classroom, concession area, one-meter diving boards and three-meter diving boards, as well as men's and women's locker rooms. Northwood Aquatics Center includes a 50-meter pool with a one-meter diving board, and men's and women's locker rooms.
Recreational swimming is offered, click here for current schedule and fees.
Lifeguards are on duty at all times, and they strictly enforce pool rules. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult one-on-one at all times. For more information about the City of Irvine's public swimming pools, group admission or for cancelled dates, call 949-724-6717 or visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/aquatics/default.asp
Aquatics Home Page
Beware of any organization soliciting cash or credit card donations by the telephone. Before you purchase from or donate to anyone soliciting by phone, check with the local Better Business Bureau or the State of California. Be sure to request the name of the company, the tax identification number and the name of the representative of the business that has called you. Even if a business is legitimate, it may not be permitted to solicit by telephone. For more information, call the California Department of Justice at (916) 322-3360 or 1-800-952-5225, or call the Better Business Bureau at (909 )825-7280 or visit their website at www.bbb.org
Telephone/ Internet/ Wireless Services
Cox Communications, is the major provider of advanced cable, video, voice, and data base services for homes and business in the City of Irvine. Contact Cox Communications at (949) 240-1212, or visit their website at www.cox.com/oc.
AT & T, provides telephone, wireless communications, pagers and paging services, Internet service and satellite television service to the Irvine Area. Contact AT & T at 1-800-310-2355, or visit their website at www.att.com.
Verizon provides telephone, wireless communications and Internet service to the Irvine area. Contact Verizon at 1-800-922-0204, Once again, that number is 1-800-922-0204, or visit their website at www.verizonwireless.com. w w w dot verizon wireless dot com
An extensive, award-winning tennis lesson program is operated by Irvine’s Athletic Services. Instruction is provided on City courts in most Irvine neighborhoods.
Programs consist of:
Tennis Lesson Program (Juniors, Adults)
Private Lesson Program
Junior Team Tennis
World League Tennis
Tennis Court Reservations
Mommy, Daddy & Me Tennis
City of Irvine Tennis Program
To Register On-Line
Visit the Irvine Quick Reg website to enroll for a class on-line
Tennis and Racquet Sports Information
Tennis Court Surface Maintenance
To report tennis court surface problems at City neighborhood and/or community parks call (949) 724-6696 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Government Financial Officer
The Government Financial Officer in the City of Irvine is the Manager of Fiscal Services who can be reached at (949) 724-6037.
The Irvine Museum
The Irvine Museum is located at 18881 Von Karman Ave, Ste 100, (ground level), Irvine, CA 92612. For information and directions, call (949) 476-2565, and to contact the museum's offices, call (949) 476-0294.
The Irvine Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General Admission is $5.00. Children, students and seniors are free of charge. Admission is free the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The Irvine Museum validates parking for visitors. For more information, visit their website at www.irvinemuseum.org.
The Toll Roads/The Transportation Corridor Agencies
The Transportation Corridor Agencies were formed in 1986 to plan, finance, construct and operate Orange County's 67-mile public toll road system.
For information regarding The Toll Roads, or for FasTrak Customer Service, call (949) 727-4800, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Toll Roads Walk-In Service Center is located at 125 Pacifica, Ste. 120, Irvine, CA 92618, and it is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The phone number is (949) 754-3400.
The Toll Violations Department may be contacted at (949) 727-4800.
For more information, visit their website at www.thetollroads.com
Tourism and Attractions Office - General Information
Both visitors and residents of the City of Irvine can find all the information and resources they need to discover the wide variety of entertainment and cultural amenities available in Irvine through the Irvine Chamber of Commerce's, Destination Irvine. This office provides brochures and pamphlets, maps, and event schedules of the most popular attractions and destinations around the community. Whether you're planning a night on the town, or a convention visit, the office can help you with accommodations and arrangements.
For more information about tourism, events, and attractions around Irvine, contact the Irvine Chamber, which is located at 2485 McCabe Way, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92614. Their phone number is (949) 660-9112 or visit their website at www.destinationirvine.com
If you received a cititation in Irvine, Traffic Court is conducted at Harbor Justice Center (Newport Beach Facility), located at 4601 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660-2595. Their office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can reach them at 1-877-872-2122.
There are several alternatives for paying traffic court fees:
By the court website:
By telephone using a Visa, Discover or MasterCard: Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach Facility 1-877-872-2122. By Mail with payment by check, money order or credit card. Make the check payable to the "Clerk of the Court." Write your citation number on the check or money order. If you want to attend traffic school, write Traffic School on the check or money order. If you want to pay by Visa, Discover or MasterCard, mail the payment to the court listed on your citation.
In Person at the court location marked on your citation. Plan to appear on or before the date and time of your scheduled appearance. There is no grace period. Payment to the court can be with cash, money order, Visa, Discover or MasterCard. Please remember to bring your Driver's License or ID and your paperwork that has your case or citation number on it, and proof of insurance. Call the telephone numbers listed above for information regarding the court's location and hours.
Traffic Signal Coordination
Traffic Signal Coordination occurs when a group of two or more traffic signals are working together so that cars moving through the group will make the least number of stops possible. Each traffic signal is set up with a fixed amount of time, also known as a cycle, which is divided among all the directions. By having all signals in a group running the same cycle, it then becomes possible to "line up" the green lights for one direction. The way the green lights "line up" depends on the distance between traffic signals and the speed of the traffic.
Unfortunately, even when traffic signals are coordinated, you will still have to stop at red lights. In order to operate traffic signals safely, several things must be considered, such as traffic movements, pedestrian crossing, cross traffic, and left turn signals. For more information, please contact the Irvine Traffic Research and Control Center (ITRAC) at (949) 724-7324. once again, that number is (949) 724-7324.
Many major arterials in Irvine are coordinated, however, where these arterials intersect, Irvine Engineers need to balance the amount of green time in accordance with the nature of traffic flow during peak hours
Transferring your Business License to a New Owner
If your business changes ownership during the year, you are required to notify the Business License department. You must advise them of who the new owner is and the date ownership changed. According to the Irvine Municipal Code, a business license may not be transferred from one owner to another. New owners of a business must apply for their own business license. License fees also will not transfer; therefore, previous owners cannot be reimbursed for fees and new owners must pay for new fees. New owners are required to acquire all necessary occupancy permits and business licenses for the business. For additional information regarding the procedure for applying for a business license, call the Business License desk at (949) 724-6310, or visit the web site link: Business License Web site Link
Transit Services for Adults with Disabilities - TRIPS
In addition to regular public transportation, the Community Services TRIPS Program is the City's low cost, door-to-door transportation for Irvine residents (18+) who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability. Registration and Eligibility Determination Required. The program currently has a registration processing period of up to 2 weeks for services that include: medical appointments, work, school, social, etc. Call for the availability of grocery shopping and senior center Shuttle Services. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible. For more information of services, contact the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-2p.m. at 949-724-7433.
Transportation for Adults with Disabilities
In addition to regular public transportation, the Community Services TRIPS Program is the City's low cost, door-to-door transportation for Irvine residents (18+) who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability. Registration and Eligibility Determination Required. The program currently has a registration processing period of up to 2 weeks for services that include: medical appointments, work, school, social, etc. Call for the availability of grocery shopping and senior center Shuttle Services. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible. For more information of services, contact the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8a.m.–2p.m. at 949-724-7433.
Travel Visa Clearance Letter
If you are travelling to different country, you may be asked to provide proof of your criminal record. The Irvine Police Department can provide you with a Clearance Letter in order to fullfill this requirement. To obtain a Clearance Letter, you must come into the Business Desk during normal business hours and fill out a letter request. Please bring picture identification and proof of Irvine residency. The fee is $15.00
Trees are a wonderful way to beautify the environment and provide shade, but they must be maintained to insure the safety of citizens. That is why the City of Irvine operates on a regular pruning rotation of all its trees in parks and along public roads. Trees are pruned in a way that does not deter growth, but which removes branches and limbs that pose a threat to public safety, either because limbs hang above the road surface or foliage interferes with traffic signs or overhead utilities. For more information, or to make a service request, contact the Public Works Landscape Division Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. by calling (949) 724-7600.
Turtle Rock Community Park
Turtle Rock Community Park is a multi-purpose recreation facility operated and staffed by the Community Services Department. The park area boasts many amenities including a youth softball/soccer field, sand volleyball court, lighted tennis courts, two children's play lots, bicycle and walking paths, an outdoor amphitheater and picnic area. The community building includes a large multipurpose room with an attached kitchen, a craft room, and a meeting room. The park is located at 1 Sunnyhill, near the corner of Turtle Rock Drive and Sunnyhill and is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sunday. Most of the areas are free and open to the public; however, drop-in picnics are limited to groups of fewer than 50. Rooms may be reserved through the Facility Reservations department by calling 949-724-6620, or visit our website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/facilityresv/default.asp.
For more information about staff led activities at Turtle Rock Community Park including Kids Klub Child Care, which is offered by the staff at Turtle Rock Community Park, call 949-724-6734, or visit the website at www.IrvineQuickReg.org.
The City's Nature Center is located adjacent to Turtle Rock Community Park. For more information, call 949-724-6738.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Service and benefit functions of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security,(DHS) as the U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services(USCIS). The USCIS is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities. These functions include:
- adjudication of immigrant visa petitions;
- adjudication of naturalization petitions;
- adjudication of asylum and refugee applications;
- adjudications performed at the service centers, and
- all other adjudications performed by the INS.
You can call U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) toll-free for automated information and live assistance concerning immigration services and benefits within the U.S., including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- The number is: 1 800 375-5283.
For more information, visit the website: www.uscis.gov
Underground Utility Facilities (Identification and Digging)
Underground Utility Facilities' Identification
If you plan to excavate within the public right-of-way, contact Underground Service Alert (USA) of Southern California prior to this excavation. USA can be reached at 1-800-227-2600, or www.digalert.org . USA will identify existing utilities within your specified construction area.
Underground Utility Facilities' Digging
Call 48 hours before you dig: fiber optic cables, power lines, gas mains, traffic signal conduits, water, sewer, electrical, telephone, etc. Contact “Underground Service Alert of Southern California” (DigAlert) at 1-800-227-2600 or by email at www.digalert.org
Unemployment Benefits and Information
When you are unemployed, or working less than full time, and ready, willing, and able to work, you may be eligible to receive unemployment insurance benefits. Please contact the State of California, Employment Development Department at: 1-800-300-5616, or visit the website: www.edd.ca.gov
The Employment Development Department can also help you explore career options. For more information regarding the programs and services that the Employment Development Department has to offer, please call 1-800-300-5616, or visit one of the "Job Seekers" offices that serve Irvine and surrounding areas of Orange County:
For more information about unemployment benefits, eligibility, or the State's unemployment program, please call the State of California, Employment Development Department at 1-800-300-5616, or visit their website at www.edd.ca.gov
University Community Park
University Community Park is a multipurpose recreation facility operated and staffed by the Community Services Department. The Park boasts many amenities, including: sand volleyball and handball courts, an 18 hole Disc Golf course, tennis courts, children's play areas and a picnic shelter gazebo with adjacent athletic fields used for soccer and softball. The building has a multipurpose room with an attached kitchen, as well as a separate craft room. The park is located at 1 Beech Tree Lane near the corner of Lexicon and Sandburg, and is open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sunday. Most areas are free and open to the public; however, drop-in picnics are limited to groups of fewer than 50. Rooms may be reserved through the Facility Reservations department. For more information visit the website http://www.cityofirvine.org/cityhall/cs/facilityresv/default.asp or call 949-724-6620. For more information about staff led activities at University Community Park call 949-724-6815, or visit our website www.IrvineQuickReg.org.
Unregistered or Uninspected Vehicles
All vehicles driven or parked on a public roadway, within the state of California even those that are not driven, are required to be currently registered. Vehicles exempt from this law, include those (vehicles) with proper temporary permits, those reserved for government use, those moved by manufacturers or licensed dealers and those listed with Dept. of Motor Vehicles as non-operational and parked on private property. Vehicle owners are also required to display all appropriate license plates and yearly registration tags indicating compliance with the registration law. Failure to have your vehicle registered or displaying the current tags may result in fines and penalties.
New residents to California have 20 days following their change of residency to apply for vehicle registration. Vehicle owners who have allowed their (vehicle) registration to lapse for longer that six (6) months run the risk of having their vehicles towed to a storage garage until such time as they provide current registration for their vehicle.
For more information concerning vehicle registration contact your local office of the Department of Motor vehicles between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information call (800) 777-0133.
Utility Customer Service Information
The following companies provide Utility Services for residents and businesses in The City of Irvine:
Electricity is provided by Southern California Edison at (800) 655-4555, their website is www.sce.com
Gas is provided by Southern California Gas at (800) 427-2200, their website is www.socalgas.com
Telephone providers include AT & T at (800) 310-2355, their website is www.att.com; Cox Communications at (949) 720-2020, their website is www.cox.com/oc; and Verizon at 1-800-922-0204, their website is www.verizonwireless.com
Trash Service is provided by Waste Management at (949) 642-1191 or (714) 558-7761, their website is www.wmorangecounty.com
Water is provided by Irvine Ranch Water District at (949) 453-5300, their website is www.irwd.com
- Cable television service is provided by Cox Communications at (949) 240-1212, their website is
Vacation House Watch
The Irvine Police Department offers the residents of the Irvine a Vacation House Watch Program. Residents may contact the department prior to a vacation or business trip and request that a patrol car make periodic checks of their home while they are away. Simply give the department your name, address, and vacation dates. Be sure to mention what lights you will leave on in the house, what lights you will have set on timers, and what security devices you have to protect your home. For more information, contact the Irvine Police Department Business Desk at (949) 724-7000 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. or Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vehicle Title and Registration
Vehicle Title and Registration is handled by the State of California, Department of Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may be contacted at 1-800-777-0133.
The following local DMV offices serve Irvine and surrounding communities:
- Costa Mesa: 650 W. 19th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
- Laguna Hills: 23535 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
- Santa Ana: 1330 East First Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
- Westminster: 13700 Hoover Street, Westminister, CA 92683
For more information, visit their website at www.dmv.ca.gov
Vehicle VIN Inspections
Vehicle VIN Inspections and verifications are done by the California Highway Patrol. For more information, call (714) 559-7888.
Volunteer Opportunities in Community Services
Volunteers are always welcome in the Community Services Department. We seek warm and enthusiastic people of all ages to volunteer for a few hours, for a special one-day event, or a few days per week to assist the Community Services Department and fellow citizens at the same time. The need for certain positions varies from season to season and year to year. Individuals interested in volunteer opportunities can call (949) 724-6603 for additional information or view listings for Community Services Department programs and facilities by visiting the Internet at www.ci.irvine.ca.us.
To request applications for an advertised Advisory Board position, contact Community Services at (949) 724-6600.
Waste & Recycling Programs
For information on the variety of programs available to Irvine residents and businesses please click here
Rapid communications are prime in the prevention of crime. The more timely one receives information about a crime the better the chances are of not being a victim. WatchMail is a neighborhood electronic crime/disaster related information broadcast to neighbors in real time. It also can provide information to the police about crime/disasters in the community. WatchMail consists of a "host" who broadcasts neighborhood crime and disaster related information via e-mail to surrounding neighbors. WatchMail hosts can share information with 300 - 500 homes or as many residences as would be effected by an incident. For more information about WatchMail please contact the Irvine Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (949) 724-7079.
Water Aerobics are offered year-round at the William Woollet Junior Aquatics Center. Classes are appropriate for both new and long-time water fitness participants. Weekday morning classes are low impact, while evening classes are geared toward the intermediate level. These classes offer a fun, fast paced workout guaranteed to shape you up with no stress on the back or knees. Cardio conditioning is followed by total body resistance work and toning.
For updated class information, visit www.irvinequickreg.org to browse classes and activities (Adult Sports & Fitness). For more information call 949-724-6717.
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Water and Sewer Service Problems
If you are experiencing problems with your water and sewer service, call the Irvine Ranch Water District to inform them of the situation. Their offices are located at 15600 Sand Canyon, Irvine, CA 92618-3102. They are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The Irvine Ranch Water District can be reached by phone at (949) 453-5300, or visit their website at: http://www.irwd.com/
Three Ways to Treat Water
In addition to having a bad odor and taste, contaminated water can contain microorganisms that cause diseases such as dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis. You should treat all water of uncertain purity before using it for drinking, food preparation or hygiene. There are many ways to treat water. None is perfect. Often the best solution is a combination of methods.
Two easy treatment methods are boiling and disinfection. These measures will kill most microbes but will not remove other contaminants such as heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals. Before treating, let any suspended particles settle to the bottom, or strain them through layers of paper towel or clean cloth.
Boiling is the safest method of treating water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes, keeping in mind that some water will evaporate. Let the water cool before drinking. Boiled water will taste better if you put oxygen back into it by pouring the water back and forth between two clean containers. This will also improve the taste of stored water.
Disinfection uses household liquid bleach to kill microorganisms. Use only regular household liquid bleach that contains 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite. Do not use scented bleaches, colorsafe bleaches or bleaches with added cleaners. Add 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water, stir and let stand for 30 minutes. If the water does not have a slight bleach odor, repeat the dosage and let stand another 15 minutes.
The only agent used to treat water should be household liquid bleach. Other chemicals, such as iodine or water treatment products sold in camping or surplus stores that do not contain 5.25 percent sodium hypochlorite as the only active ingredient, are not recommended and should not be used.
While the two methods just described will kill most microbes in water, distillation will remove microbes that resist these methods, and heavy metals, salts and most other chemicals.
Distillation involves boiling water and then collecting the vapor that condenses back to water. The condensed vapor will not include salt and other impurities. To distill, fill a pot halfway with water. Tie a cup to the handle on the pot's lid so that the cup will hang right-side-up when the lid is upside-down (make sure the cup is not dangling into the water) and boil the water for 20 minutes. The water that drips from the lid into the cup is distilled.
This information regarding water purification is provided on the American Red Cross website. For further information visit their website at www.redcross.org.
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Irvine Ranch Water District provides domestic water service, sewage collection and water reclamation for the City of Irvine and portions of surrounding communities.
The Irvine Ranch Water District Headquarters is located at 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue, Irvine, 92618-3102.
To establish service or for questions about bill, call the Customer Service Department at (949) 453-5300, or visit their website at www.irwd.com.
West Nile: What is the West Nile Virus?
The West Nile Virus is closely related to St. Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus which has been historically found in the United States including Orange County. West Nile Virus has been known from parts of Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and The Middle East for many years. The virus was first detected in the United States in 1999 in New York City. West Nile Virus is transmitted by infective mosquitoes and can infect humans, birds, horses, and many other animals.
A mosquito acquires the virus by biting an infected bird. The virus then multiplies in the mosquito. It is transmitted to a new host in the mosquito's saliva when it feeds again on a person or an animal. Humans and horses are "accidental hosts" for West Nile Virus, and cannot pass on the infection to another mosquito. There are records of transmission through blood transfusion and organ transplants but human-to-human transmission is extremely rare.
Since 1999, West Nile Virus has spread remarkably fast; by late summer of 2003, Imperial, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties were reporting infected birds and mosquitoes. By the end of 2003, 46 states had reported West Nile Virus activity. In March of 2004, evidence of recent transmission was found in birds from Orange County.
Many Animals can be bitten by an infected mosquito, but they won't all become ill; some may show no symptoms. West Nile Virus most often affects birds, but occasionally causes disease in other animals as well.
Wild birds are the reservoirs for West Nile Virus; while most infected birds will not become ill, for some others, the virus can cause serious illness and death. Birds of prey, and crows, ravens, jays, and magpies are seriously threatened by West Nile Virus. The virus does not appear to cause extensive illness in dogs or cats.
Horses are extremely susceptible to West Nile Virus. Clinical signs of disease consist of central nervous system abnormalities similar to those caused by infection with Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Western Equine Encephalitis. West Nile vaccines are now available for horses.
Most people who are infected with West Nile Virus experience no symptoms. Symptoms of mild illness may include one or more of the following: unusual fatigue, malaise, fever, headache, and body aches, a skin rash on the trunk of the body, and / or swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms generally last a few days. In severe cases, the disease may progress to encephalitis. Symptoms may include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, and paralysis. Symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. It is estimated that 1 in 150 people who are infected with West Nile Virus will require hospitalization. Those most at risk are the elderly and those who have weakened immune systems.
The time between the mosquito bite and the onset of the illness, known as the incubation period, ranges from 3 to 15 days in humans.
The Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD) routinely surveys for mosquito-bourne diseases such as West Nile Virus, and other viruses. OCVCD's wild bird surveillance program is an excellent early warning system which allowed the District to detect evidence of virus activity before there were any human cases. Dozens of finches and sparrows are bled every two weeks and released. Their blood is tested for antibodies to these viruses. Adult mosquitoes are routinely trapped, counted, and tested for these viruses.
OCVCD's Staff controls mosquito breeding on acres of public and private land throughout the County. The District works closely with the California Department of Health Services, The University of California, Davis, Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California and The Orange County Health Care Agency.
To report a West Nile Virus Medical Emergency, please call 911
For non-emergency medical questions regarding West Nile Virus, please contact your Primary Care Physician.
For West Nile Virus general information, please vist the website the following websites: Center for Disease Control at: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm or the California Department of Health Services at: www.westnile.ca.gov
For mosquito problems or general questions, please call the Orange County Vector Control District at: (714) 971-2421, or (949) 654-2421, or visit their website at: www.ocvcd.org
To report dead birds, please call the Orange County Vector Control District at: (714) 971-2421, or (949) 654-2421 ext. 117
To report West Nile Virus in horses, please contact your local veterinarian and the CDFA Animal Health Branch at: (916) 654-1447 or visit their website at: www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/wnv_info.htm
For further information, contact the Orange County Vector Control District, located at 13001 Garden Grove Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92843. at (714) 971-2421, visit their website at www.ocvcd.org
What are the procedures for applying for a job with the City or Irvine?
The first step in the process is applying. Applications are accepted online. Applications are screened for minimum qualifications and the most qualified applicants will be notified if they are to continue to the next phase.
Candidates should refer to the job flyer for instructions on the application and examination process. The City establishes eligibility lists that remain active for a period of up to one year. Any candidate on the eligibility list may be selected to fill a vacancy for the same or a similar position.
Candidates chosen to fill vacancies will be required to pass a physical examination (which includes a drug/alcohol test) and a record check (which includes fingerprinting). Designated positions require a psychological evaluation, polygraph test screen, and a background investigation. Some positions are covered by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug & Alcohol Testing Program. Candidates must be able to provide documentation, which authorizes their legal right to work in the United States in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.
For more information, contact Human Resources at the Irvine Civic Center at (949) 724-6200.
What is an Eligibility List?
If you are successful in passing the testing and interview process, your name will be placed on an eligibility list for the current position opening. The City Department which is attempting to fill the vacant position may elect to second interview some or all of the candidates prior to making a final decision to hire. After the current position has been filled, the established eligibility list will be retained for 12 months and the remaining candidates will be notified if a position becomes available during that time.
What to Do during an Extended Power Outage
Follow these safety tips in the event of a power outage. Always keep a flashlight and batteries in a place where they will be easy to find. Turn off any lights or other devices that were in use when the power went out. Be sure to leave one light on so that you will know when the power is restored. Do not start a fire to keep warm. Try to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to help keep food cold and fresh. For more information contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-655-4555, or visit their website at www.sce.com
What to Do if Your Power Goes Out
If your power turns off in your home but neighboring homes have power then the problem may lie in your main switch, circuit breakers or fuses. Take these actions if you are in this situation: Check for the cause of the outage. Use a flashlight to carefully check to see if any lights or appliances are operating. If only several lights in your home will not turn on, turn off or unplug all lamps and appliances that are using the effected circuit. Before resetting a circuit breaker or installing a new fuse check to see if the outlet has been overloaded. Correct faulty conditions before taking further action. If you need to work on anything electrical to fix the problem remember to always turn off the power at the main switch before working on an electrical system. If you have discovered that your power outage is due to a blown fuse take the following steps: Turn off the main switch that is located near the meter or in the fuse box. Find the fuse with a blackened window or a broken metal strip inside the window. Remove the blown fuse. Replace the fuse. Be sure to replace the fuse with another fuse that has the same amperage. This is very important. Fuses and circuit breaker protect against overloads. If overloaded wires could become too hot and cause a fire. For more information, contact Southern California Edison at 1-800-655-4555, or visit their website at www.sce.com.
What to do with a Bad Check
If you receive an NSF check under $2,500 or a series of bad checks not over $2,500, these checks are investigated by the Orange County District Attorney's Check Restitution Program. The first step to take is to send a certified/return receipt letter to the check writer stating he/she has 10 days to make good on the check or it is your intention to file a criminal complaint. The restitution should be made by cashier's check or money order, no personal checks should be accepted. You should receive the signed receipt (green card) back from the US Post Office. If the letter was not received by the intended party, you will receive your original mailing back. Bring the original check and the receipt or original mailing to the Irvine Police Department front counter.
There are certain eligibility guidelines in order for the DA to take your check case:
· The check must be presented to the DA's bad check program within 90 days of issuance.
· You must have taken some form of identification from the check writer at the time of presentation or you must be able to identify the check writer.
· The check must not be post dated at the time of acceptance.
· Two party checks are not eligible.
· The check must not involve the extension of credit
· The check may not be received as a payment on an account.
If your check meets the above guidelines, then bring your documents to the Irvine Police Department front desk and file your complaint, they will have the appropriate form. Once you complete this process, a case number will be assigned and IPD personnel will attempt to obtain restitiution prior to submitting your case to the OCDA's bad check program.
Wildfires - General Information
More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment, but face the very real danger of wildfire. These intense fires, triggered by lightning, drought, or accidents, often begin unnoticed. They sweep quickly through wildland areas, igniting brush, trees, and homes. Reduce your risk by preparing now before wildfire strikes. Meet with your family to decide what to do and where to go if wildfires threaten your area. Ask fire authorities for information about wildland fires in your area. Find out whether they can inspect your house and property for hazards. For more information about wildfires and their likelihood in the City of Irvine, call The Orange County Fire Authority at (714) 573-6000, or visit their website at www.ocfa.org.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence and require the use of a shelter please call 9-1-1 and report the incident to the police. The officer can arrange for shelter services and children are allowed. The officer can also arrange to have an Emergency Protective Order issued. Please do not hesitate, call 9-1-1 immediately!
The Irvine Youth Employment Service offers employment assistance to persons of all ages, with a focus on youth. All services are free. Job listings are available via the job board and the program website. Resume workshops and mock interviews are provided with referrals made directly to employers. Youth Employment Service hosts a winter and summer job faire.
Irvine Youth Employment Service also provides services to local businesses, including prescreening of potential applicants. Large scale on-site recruitments are coordinated for individual employers seeking to hire a large number of employees at one time.
Offices are located at 14351 Yale Ave. (in the Heritage Park complex). For more information regarding available services and to make an appointment, call (949) 724-6741.
Irvine Youth Employment Website
Youth Employment Services
The Irvine Youth Employment Services offers FREE employment assistance and job referrals to persons of all ages, with a focus on youth (ages 16+). Job listings for mid-level, part-time, full-time, temporary, and seasonal work are available via the office job board and the program website. Employment counseling, resume assistance, workshops, and mock interviews are provided to enhance job-seeking skills. In addition, Youth Employment Services hosts two annual job fairs.
The program offers job counseling, job referrals, interviews, assistance with job applications, one-on-one resume assistance, and employment workshops. Job opportunities include entry to mid-level, part-time or full-time, temporary and permanent positions.
Irvine Youth Employment Services is located at Heritage Park Community Center, 14301 Yale Avenue, Irvine, CA 92604. Please call to make an appointment, or for more information, call (949) 724-6741.
Visit our web site at www.IrvineYouthEmployment.com.
Youth Safety Tips
Youth safety is one of the most important aspects of what the Irvine Police Department does. That is why the department offers programs for both children, and parents or guardians. These programs teach children about ways they can protect themselves from strangers or attack, tips for safe bicycle and pedestrian travel, and techniques to avoid drugs, alcohol, and peer pressure. They also help parents learn about the dangers their child faces while home alone, while at school, and while in the community. For more information about youth safety programs, or to receive safety brochures, contact the Irvine Police Department at (949) 724-7000.
The City of Irvine offers a variety of programs tailored to meet the needs and interests of youth in the community. In addition to a number of recreation activities offered citywide, the following special programs are available:
Irvine Youth Employment Services offers employment assistance to persons of any age, with a focus on employment assistance for youth. All services are free. For more information please call (949) 724-6741.
High School Youth Action Team offers programs for high school aged youth. Youth Action Team is comprised of students representing each of the Irvine high schools. For more information please call (949) 724-6739.
The Middle School Program offers activities and services for middle school youth with a focus on recreational, educational, and community service activities after school, during holidays and intersessions. For more information please call (949) 724-6749.
Youth Services: High School Youth Action Team
The High School Youth Action Team, comprised of students representing each of the Irvine high schools, offers programs and services for high school-aged youth. Specific programs offered include the Annual Teen Summit, teen forums, and tobacco, alcohol, and drug prevention activities.
Youth Action Team Offices are located at 14351 Yale Ave. (in the Heritage Park complex). For more information about activities and services available through the High School Youth Action Team, contact staff between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling (949) 724-6739.
Youth Services: Middle School Program
The Middle School Program offers programs and services for middle school-aged youth. The program focuses on recreational, educational, and community service activities after school, and during holidays and intersessions. Activities include after school sports, special events, drop-in activities, and a Teen Camp program. Most activities are initiated at each of the five middle school campuses. Teen Camp is a daily excursion program offered during the summer, winter, and spring intersessions.
Offices are located at 14351 Yale Ave. (in the Heritage Park complex). For more information about services available through the Middle School Program, contact staff between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, by calling (949) 724-6749.
For information on the Middle School Program link to www.irvinemsp.com. Connect to www.hsyat.com for information on the High School Youth Program.
Youth Sports Organizations
Youth Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse and Track - Irvine has it all!
Irvine is home to many exceptional youth sports organizations. These sports organizations are all not for profit organizations and most are managed and operated by a group of dedicated volunteers. Many practices, games, and tournaments are provided for Irvine Kids on City sports fields throughout Irvine. Check out our listing of organizations on our Irvine Athletics website at Youth Sports Organizations.