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The County of Yolo handles all animal control for the City of Woodland and the surrounding areas. You can contact Animal Control at 530-668-5287.
State laws require that dogs are licensed. For more information on fees, visit the Yolo County Sheriff. You can also access the license application online (PDF).
The Animal Services division of the Yolo County Sheriff-Coroner's office provides animal services to the City of Woodland. For more information, please visit their website.
2640 E Gibson Road
Woodland CA 95776
Phone: 530-668-5287, 916-375-6492
Anyone who contracts for or bids on a construction project valued at $500 or more (total labor and materials) must be licensed by the State of California Contractors State License Board. Contractors are required by law to be bonded by the State of California and to have a business license from the city or county in which they are performing work. They are also required by law to provide workers’ compensation if they employ or otherwise engage any person to work.
The California State Licensed Board (CSLB) provides information about a contractor’s license, bond and workers’ compensation insurance status, as well as pending and prior legal actions. Free consumer publications and complaint forms are also available from the CSLB. For more information go to the CSLB website, call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752), or write to:CSLBP.O. Box 2600Sacramento, CA 95826
Please visit the Contractor State License Board for guides and pamphlets regarding numerous topics, including but not limited to:
A permit may be obtained by either a licensed contractor or the property owner, also known as an owner-builder permit. If the property owner is not performing any of their own work personally, the contractor typically obtains the permit. A frequent practice of unlicensed persons professing to be contractors is to have the property owner secure an “owner--builder” permit, erroneously implying that the property owner is providing his or her own labor and materials personally. If the property owner will be performing all or a portion of the work and wishes to be their own general contractor, an owner-builder permit typically is obtained. Please visit our Owner-builder Information page for additional details.
All construction complaints should be filed through the State of California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) regardless whether the contractor is licensed or unlicensed.
An Owner-Builder is a property owner who acts as his or her own general contractor for a home remodeling project and obtains his or her own building permit. Typically property owners obtain owner-builder permits when they are providing all or a portion of their own labor and/or materials personally. An owner-builder assumes responsibility for the overall job which may include, but is not limited to, taxes, insurance, and other legal liabilities.
Please visit these links to check licensing information for:
Find information about owner-builders responsibilities on the Owner-Builder Responsibilities page.
View our Work that Requires a Permit page for more information.
Learn more about this on the Necessary Repairs / Improvements at Time of Sale page.
Yes. A homeowner can pull a permit to make improvements on their own house. You can do your own design and prepare your own plans as long as they show compliance with all the applicable codes for structural, energy, fire prevention, and life/safety items. You will be responsible for these items. Liability prevents the City from designing your project for you.
It is recommended in most cases to use the services of a qualified professional. Licensed individuals must be bonded and provide their own workers compensation and liability insurance. This could potentially be a burden for a homeowner not normally covered for these types of exposure. It is recommended that you contact your insurance agent and review your coverage before taking on a project. See the Contractor page for more details.
The control the Building Division has over contractors is limited at best; generally it begins and ends with activity on an active permit. A disciplinary action against licensed contractors after a job is complete is administered by the Contractors State Licensing Board 800-321-2752. See the Contractor page for more details.
Disputes between neighbors are generally considered a civil matter that is decided in the courts. If work is being done without a permit, or a dangerous condition is being created, the Building Division has the authority to issue a stop work order. Conflicts with local zoning ordinances are resolved by the City Code Enforcement Officer. Contact the Code Enforcement Officer at 530-661-5820.
View sample fee Tables.
See forms page for general examples of large projects. Contact the Building Division for specifics on your project.
Plan review is valid for a period of one year. Contact the Planning Division for information of time extensions for projects reviewed by the Planning Commission.
Permits are valid for a period of 180 days from time of permit issuance. They may be extend once for an additional 180 days by contacting the Building Division.
The City of Woodland uses the following codes:
It should be noted that these model codes are amended by the State of California and the City of Woodland to include various additional requirements. Standard code questions can be answered by Building Division staff; however, more complex design issues should be referred to a design professional such as an architect or engineer.
Yes. Shake or any wood products roofing material shall be Class B or better. Treated shakes may be used for reroofing an existing home when installed as a Class B fire rated roofing assembly. Only one additional roof can be placed on an existing roof.
Yes. The maximum height of any fence is 6 feet or 8 feet with a permit. Fences located within the front yard of a residence (first 20 feet measured from behind the sidewalk) have a maximum height of 3 feet 6 inches (42 inches). Fences located on the side yard of a corner lot are required to be 5 feet behind the sidewalk. Contact the Planning Division for specific details at 530-661-5820.
As a public agency, the City typically contracts for professional and specialized services through the Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) process. Rather than based on a quoted dollar amount, our selection is based on an objective scoring system applied to a firm's demonstrated ability to best perform the required work. When determined to be in the best interest of the public, and by specific action of the City Council, the Department also has the ability to award sole source contracts without public competition.
For more information, please visit the Consultant / Contractor Guide page found on this site.
Learn more about these projects on our Capital Projects page.
For information regarding the steps of the City of Woodland bid process, please refer to the Capital Improvement Project Guide.
The City of Woodland has an established Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The City of Woodland has received Federal financial assistance from the DOT, and as a condition of receiving this assistance, the City of Woodland will sign an assurance that it will comply with CFR Part 26. You may also contact Community Development Engineering at 530-661-5820 for more information.
Find information about when an inspector is needed on our City Inspector page.
Backflow prevention devices serve to protect the domestic water supply from contamination from unsanitary sources. Backflow prevention assemblies shall be installed per the Standard Specifications and Details (reference Standard Detail No. 760: Backflow Prevention Assembly). Backflow Prevention Assembly Model must be on State Department of Health's current approved list. You will need to contact a certified backflow prevention assembly tester to perform the necessary work. Although the City of Woodland will not recommend one firm over another to perform the work, there are several approved firms who are willing to provide this service. Please feel free to contact the City of Woodland, Public Works Municipal Service Center at 530-661-5692 for more information about these companies.
Prior to city sign-off, tests are due on installation. Contact the City of Woodland, Public Works Municipal Service Center at 530-661-5692 for testing information or click here for the Backflow Prevention Assembly Test Form.
A Traffic Control Plan provides for safe and efficient movement of vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians through or around construction activities while also protecting the construction worker and equipment. The City of Woodland requires all TCP submittals to be reviewed by the City Traffic Engineer. All plans need to be in conformance with the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways please reference Part 6 - Temporary Traffic Control. The TCP must be approved prior to initiating construction and impacting traffic flows.
The City has a benchmark network that must be referenced on all surveys submitted to the City. Please refer to the City of Woodland Benchmark Information web page. For more information, see the City Code (refer to Chapter 21 Article 16, Section 21-16-1.).
Code Enforcement is a specialized field in that most of the Codes enforced are those that are adopted by the City Council. The Codes reflect the needs of the community. Many of the Codes enforced are related to property issues. In addition we also enforce some State codes and laws, as is the case with building, housing, and health and safety Codes.
Code Enforcement works to maintain neighborhoods by reducing blight and unsafe conditions. By doing this the community as a whole becomes a pleasant and safe place to live and raise a family.
There are numerous items that can be a violation of the City Municipal Code. The most common are:
If you feel that a property has a possible violation, you can contact the Code Compliance Division and we will investigate the complaint.
Learn how to report a violation on our How to Report a Violation page.
Yes, we keep all personal information confidential unless subpoenaed by a court. However if you choose not to leave a contact name and phone number with the officer, your complaint will receive a lower priority response.
The property owner is ultimately responsible for any Code violations on their property. However in some cases the tenants or business owners can be held responsible for any violations directly linked to their actions.
Contact the Compliance Officer prior to the re-inspection date. The officer may provide you additional time to make the corrections provided you have made some progress towards compliance and the violation is not an immediate health and safety hazard.
Always contact the Code Enforcement Officer to find out the status of your complaint. Code Enforcement strives for voluntary compliance from the responsible party; this may include extensions of time to gain compliance. All legal processes must be followed and exhausted prior to any direct abatement action taken by the City.
An in-operable vehicle is defined in Section 14A-1-2 of the City of Woodland Municipal Code: An "Inoperable vehicle" includes all motorized and nonmotorized vehicles, including, but not limited to, cars, trucks, trailers, recreational vehicles, farm equipment, motorcycles, boats, dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles, and dune buggies, which the engine, wheels, tires or other parts have been removed or on which the engine, wheels, tires, or other parts have been altered, damaged or otherwise so treated that the vehicle is incapable of being driven under its own motor power or incapable of being operated on public streets or highways legally.
A vehicle that is not registered or does not display a current valid license plate and validating sticker shall be deemed inoperable. A vehicle shall be deemed inoperable when it has one or more flat tires or has one or more missing windshield or windows, or has one or more windshield or windows broken to the extent that visibility is limited so as to make driving such vehicle unsafe.Please see Section 14A-1-3(b)(4) of the Woodland Municipal Code for further details.
While being used, a portable basketball hoop can be placed on the street next to the curb as long as it is not a safety hazard. They should never block a sidewalk or handicap ramp. When not in use they are to be returned to the owner’s property.
Minor vehicle repair may be done on a personal vehicle outside a fully enclosed structure where elapsed time between the beginning and the end of the repair do not exceed forty-eight hours. Painting of any vehicle is not permitted in a residential zone. (Section 14A-1-3.1)
Each property is limited to no more than two sales in one calendar year, each sale cannot be conducted for more than three consecutive days, and signs should not be posted earlier than one day prior and removed within one day after the sale. Please see Section 25-21-65 of the Woodland Municipal Code for further details.
Boundary disputes are personal legal matters and are not within the jurisdiction of the municipality (note: unless a municipal boundary is the subject of the problem). You should consult an attorney or your title company to assist you.
C.C. & R's are rules and regulations for a sub-division; they usually have more restrictive rules than what is in City Code. These rules and regulations are either enforced by a homeowners association or through civil action.
An encroachment is any obstruction on a city street or sidewalk (Public Right of Way). The most common encroachments include, but are not limited to: Basketball hoops, garbage cans (for an extended period of time), rubbish, junk and debris.
You can get more information at the Community Development Department located at:
300 First StreetWoodland CA. 95695
You can also get more information by contacting Code Enforcement at 530-661-5826.
Yes! Inoperable motor vehicles are not only those that cannot be driven because of needed repairs or damage; it is also a vehicle that cannot be driven on the streets because it is not currently licensed.
The ordinance does not apply to any vehicle(s) or parts thereof which are completely enclosed within a building (garage) in a lawful manner or where it is not visible from the street or other public or private property.
Yes, as long as the vehicle is operable and currently licensed. However, no person who owns or has possession, custody, or control of any vehicle shall place such vehicle upon any street, alley or city parking lot for more than a consecutive period of seventy-two hours - City Code Section 14-3-11(1).
In the event a vehicle is placed or left standing upon a street, alley or city parking lot in excess of seventy-two hours, the community development director may cause such vehicle to be removed from the street, alley or city parking lot in the manner and subject to requirements of the Vehicle Code of the state.
No person shall abandon a vehicle upon public or private property without the express or implied consent of the owner or person in lawful possession or control of the property. Violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor.
“Major vehicle repair” means any maintenance, repair or replacement not listed in the definition of “minor vehicle repair” in this subsection, including, but not limited to, the removal of engines, rebuilding of engines, repair of the internal components, repair or removal of differentials or axles, dismantling of vehicles, and body work.
“Minor vehicle repair” means maintenance, repair or replacement of the alternator, generator, starter, water pump, battery, brakes or part thereof; minor tune-up (which consists of distributor cap, rotor and spark plug replacement); change of oil and filter, fan belt, or hoses; lamp replacement; repair of flat tires; lubrication.
Yes. All major repair work must be performed within a fully enclosed structure. At no time can work be performed outside of the structure. Under no circumstances can a vehicle be painted within a residential neighborhood.
"Blight” means the accumulation of any item, waste matter, or junk, including, but not limited to, inoperable vehicles, or the maintenance of a condition on any premises, visible to the public, for an unreasonable length of time, which may degrade the aesthetic appearance of the neighborhood.
"Junk” means any castoff, damaged, discarded, obsolete, salvage, scrapped, unusable, worn-out or wrecked object, thing or material, composed in whole or in part of asphalt, brick, carbon, cement, plastic or other synthetic substance, fiber, glass, metal, paper, plaster, rubber, terra cotta, wood, wool, cotton, cloth, canvas, organic matter or other substance.
“Waste matter” means any broken bottles, discarded metal containers, trimmings from lawns, trees and flower gardens, ashes, cardboard boxes, rags, mattresses, sawdust, brick, piled dirt, wire, and other combustible and noncombustible and flammable waste material.
The portable play equipment guidelines are outlined in Section 14A-1-3(a) of the City of Woodland Municipal Code.
The Code Compliance Officer periodically surveys the City to monitor play equipment that are located in residential streets and sidewalks.
Anything which is injurious to health or an obstruction to the free uses of property, so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property or unlawfully obstructs the free passage or use, in the customary manner, of any public park, street, alleyway, highway or other public easement is a nuisance.
The RV parking guidelines are outlined in Section 25-21-50 and Section 14A-1-3(b) 11 of the City of Woodland Municipal Code.
The Code Compliance Officer periodically surveys the City to monitor recreational vehicles that are parked in residential front yard and street side yard setbacks.
To determine setbacks for your specific property, please contact the Planning Division at 530-661-5820.
The City of Woodland Neighborhood Traffic Management Program is an attempt to reduce the negative aspects of traffic (volumes, speeds, and / or accidents) in residential neighborhoods by preparing a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan that would implement traffic calming measures. The goal of a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan is to achieve consensus on what traffic calming measures should be taken on a street.
Traffic calming measures can sometimes be controversial within a neighborhood. This is because traffic calming measures also have negative impacts. Possible negative impacts include, but are not limited to, loss of on-street parking, less convenient access, and increased traffic levels on adjacent streets. A Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan will attempt to balance the negative impacts with the desired objectives of the traffic calming program.
Traffic calming is a strategy intended to reduce the impact of motor vehicle traffic on a City street. Usually this strategy is implemented in residential areas. Traffic calming measures can be any combination of roadway modifications, planning features, or traffic control devices that are intended to slow cars down or lower the volume of traffic.
There are three levels of traffic calming:
As part of the implementation of the 1996 General Plan, the City has developed a process and a program for the use of traffic calming measurements in both new and existing development areas. On March 16, 1999, the City Council adopted the proposed Neighborhood Traffic Management Program Development Report as a guideline for the installation of traffic calming measures in both new and existing areas. Emergency vehicles can be delayed by traffic calming, therefore, the City has collector streets and arterial roads not suitable for any measures and others not suitable for speed humps.
The City has adopted a multi-step process for the construction of traffic calming features on a public street. Briefly, these steps are as follows:
Bicycles are vehicles and belong to the road the same as automobiles do; they must obey all the traffic laws and road signs just as vehicles do. For example, bicyclists must travel in the same direction as cars do (on the right side of the road). Second, they may use left turn lanes to make turns or use crosswalks. Moreover, bicyclists are not allowed to ride on sidewalks in the City of Woodland, unless posted otherwise. In fact, a rider can be ticketed if caught riding on a sidewalk in an unmarked zone or if a rider is caught riding against the flow of traffic.
But the most important rule of all is safety. A rider under the age of 18 must wear a helmet by law, although all riders should wear helmets at all times. Please beware of parked cars with opening doors, pedestrians, and wet weather.
For more information on the California Vehicle Code Sections for Bicycles, Bicycle Rules and Safety Tips and more General Bicycle Information, please refer to the Department of Motor Vehicles Bicycle Rules and Safety Page.
The primary function of any traffic signal is to assign the right-of-way at an intersection or crossing. The familiar red, yellow, and green lights allow pedestrians and conflicting streams of traffic to share the same intersection by means of time separation.
The City installs traffic signals in accordance with established State and Federal guidelines called warrants. City traffic staff review intersections using these warrants.
Similar to traffic signals, stop signs must meet warrants (guidelines) for installation. If you would like request that a study be performed to evaluate a location for a stop sign, please contact us.
The Traffic Engineering Division gets over 200 requests, suggestions, and complaints each year and investigates each one as quickly as possible. We value your input and appreciate your patience and understanding while we are resolving problems or answering your questions.
If you feel there is a lack of lighting on your residential street and would like to petition for additional street lights on your street, you may submit your request via email or by calling 530-661-5820.
If there is an obvious malfunction with an existing City traffic signal, please contact the City of Woodland Public Works Municipal Service Center at 530-661-5962 during normal business hours. Malfunctions include a signal that has been knocked over, a signal that is stuck in red phase, or not turning green for a particular direction, or a signal with lights out.
Please be prepared to provide the location of the signal (the intersecting streets), the direction in which it is affecting, and a description of the problem.
The City of Woodland typically will not place temporary stop signs at an intersection with inoperative traffic signals because it is the recommendation of the State and Federal guidelines to not post temporary signs. One of the major reasons for the guideline is that if the signal returns to power and is operating with a stop sign in place, it causes confusion for the drivers, and creates traffic conflicts.
Please visit our Neighborhood Traffic Management Program information page for more information.
In most cases, lowering the speed limit on certain streets will not slow traffic. The majority of motorists travel at a speed in which they feel is reasonable speed given the surroundings of the street, regardless of what the posted speed limit signs read. The basic speed law states that no person shall drive at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent.
Therefore, the State of California has established the 85th percentile, or critical speed as the sensible speed. This is the speed at which 85% of the motorists are traveling at or below.
Stop signs are not a traffic calming method for speed reduction and in most cases will actually increase mid-block speeds as people speed to 'regain' time lost by stopping. Stop signs can only be posted in warranted locations. If you would like to request a stop sign please contact us.
The convenient street parking and several parking lots in downtown Woodland are close to Main Street and range from all day to hourly. See a map (PDF) that shows all of the public parking lots in the downtown area. For more information about parking in Woodland, please see the Downtown Parking Management Plans.
View an informational flyer on crosswalks (PDF).
The City ordinance reads that no foliage or structural features shall extend into the cross visibility area between three and one-half feet and seven feet above the surface of the public sidewalk area or shoulder. The intent of this restriction is to keep free a walkway without interference by or with vehicular travel.
No encroachment of any nature will be permitted or maintained which impedes, obstructs or denies such pedestrian or other lawful travel within the limits of the right-of-way or which impairs sight distance for safe pedestrian or vehicular traffic. Furthermore, the permitted or the owner of the adjacent property shall maintain the hedges, shrubs, walls, fences or similar structures erected for landscaping purposes in a neat and orderly condition at all times.
Please contact the City of Woodland Public Works Department at 530-661-5962.
With the passage of Measure E, the City set a goal of resurfacing every local street within the life of the sales tax measure. Currently we are on track to meet that goal by 2018 with the tax sunsets. If you would like information specific to your street or neighborhood please contact us.
Streets that are scheduled to be resurfaced generally need significant prep work provided first. In some cases, the amount of prep work is extensive and residents on occasion don't realize that it is only prep work. The final product however may be a slurry seal or cape seal applied one year following the prep work.
There are various levels of resurfacing needs however history has shown that maintaining good roads in condition is significantly less expensive than waiting until they fail and completely rebuilding them. The purpose of sealing the roads is to protect against premature aging and extend the life of the asphalt. Think of it like sunblock for your roads! If you have further questions, please contact us.
Please contact the City of Woodland Police Department at 530-661-7800.
If the pole is metal or concrete, please contact the City of Woodland Public Works Department at 530-661-5962. Please note the pole number indicated approximately 8 inches above the ground.
If the pole is wooden, please contact Pacific Gas and Electric Company at 800-743-5000.
Different styles of lights work at different color temperatures. Most of the white or blue looking lights are the newly installed LED light fixtures that were installed as an energy and money saving measure. The yellowish colored lights are typically high pressure sodium lights.
Most of the City's traffic signals have a way to detect vehicles and bicycles. Some locations have a loop of wire placed in the roadway that can determine when a vehicle or bicycle is present. Many newer signals have the bicycle detector symbol (small bike symbol) on the loop in the locations where a cyclist is most likely to be detected by a signal.
In a few locations where traffic loops are not feasible, the City has used video detection. The video detection system works by providing an image to a small computer that can detect a change in the image and determine the presence of a vehicle or bicycle.
Video detection can sometimes be compromised by the environment: fog, dust, shadows, trees, headlights and the reflection of the son on the asphalt can all have adverse effects on the accuracy of detection.
Whether you need an annual or daily transportation permit for your oversized vehicle, please contact the City of Woodland Community Development Department, Engineering Division, or download and print the permit form (PDF) yourself. If you need help filling out your City of Woodland Transportation Permit, please contact us, or follow the instructions (PDF) that can be used in conjunction with the guide (PDF) provided on this website.
If you need more information regarding your oversized vehicle, please contact the City of Woodland Community Development Engineering office at 530-661-5820.
A geographic information system, or GIS, integrates hardware, software and both spatial and tabular data. Together those components are used for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS provides a framework for gathering and organizing spatial data and related information so that it can be displayed and easily analyzed.
GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. Patterns and relationships are not always obvious in tabular data. However, when this data is viewed spatially these patterns begin to emerge and new types of analysis can be preformed.
Maps can be created to show change over time and location and to help predict those changes in order to become more prepared for planning efforts. GIS can be used as an information porthole to combine disparate information sources into a single map that otherwise would have to be viewed individually.
While there are countless benefits, they fall into 5 basic categories:
The most current Point-In-Time study of homeless in Yolo County took place on January 23, 2017. The number of homeless individuals in Woodland counted at that time was 131, the lowest number in the last eight years.
However, most believe that this count underestimates the number of sheltered and unsheltered people living in Woodland. Over the past ten months, the City of Woodland’s Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) of the Woodland Police completed 582 field interviews of homeless individuals. Some individuals were interviewed on more than one occasion. However, 285 of those interviews were found to be unique individuals.
The Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) study takes place every two years on one given night in January. Required by the federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for those communities that receive federal funding, only those individuals meeting the federal definition of homelessness can be included in the count. The federal definition of homelessness includes individuals who are living in places not meant for human habitation; living in an emergency shelter; living in transitional housing; or staying in a motel paid for by a public or private agency.
Each count is comprised of two categories: those sheltered and those unsheltered. In 2017, the number of unsheltered individuals in Woodland was 51; the number of sheltered individuals was 80. Previous numbers of sheltered and unsheltered individuals are shown in Table 1 below.
Point in Time/Year
2009 – 145
2011 – 151
2013 – 186
2015 – 192
2017 – 131
The City of Woodland has developed a Homeless Action Plan to guide policies and allocation of resources to better manage the issues associated with homelessness, increasing the availability of housing for extremely low-income individuals and families, and expanding availability and capacity of services. Highlights of the Homeless Action Plan include:
I. Managing Issues
The growing number of homeless individuals in our community has resulted in a significant amount of City resources being diverted to addressing the impacts of homelessness in our parks, neighborhoods and business districts. While we work to find long-term strategies and solutions to the underlying causes of homelessness we are equally focused on managing the impacts of homelessness and, in so doing, maintain a high quality of life for our residents and a welcoming place for visitors. A significant portion of our citywide Homeless Action Plan is specifically focused on managing homeless issues by reducing impacts on the community. The following highlights several of the initiatives the City has undertaken, and continues to advance:
II. Increasing Permanent Housing: Woodland Micro-Neighborhood Proposal
With the goal of increasing affordable housing, the City conceived of Woodland Micro-Neighborhood, a mixed-income development of approximately 100 for-rent single and duplex micro-dwellings that will include individuals who are homeless. It will emerge in three phases over three years. The first phase, comprised of 60 micro-houses, will provide shelter for the most vulnerable—those who are homeless or unstably housed. Phases two and three will yield an additional 40 micro-houses for those with moderate incomes. Manufactured homes will range in size from 320 square feet studios to two bedrooms.
Progress regarding Phase One for those who are homeless includes the following:
III. Expanding Service Availability and Capacity
Over the past months, the City has expanded service availability and capacity to those who are homeless.
First and foremost, it is important to recognize that being homeless is not a crime. Officers typically will evaluate each incident involving homeless individuals and determine the best option for getting the behavior to stop. This could include counseling, referral to services, warnings, or arrest.
The Woodland Police Department has arrested homeless individuals for a multitude of crimes to include illegal camping, trespass, defecating or urinating in public, public intoxication, drug crimes, and many other violations of the California Penal and Vehicle Codes. Thus far in 2018, officers have arrested 997 homeless for various crimes which amounts to 43% of total adult arrests.
While many of the illegal activities sometimes associated with homeless individuals are currently classified as misdemeanors (and amount to little more than a citation), the Woodland Police Department and Yolo County’s District Attorney’s Office are working to ensure that individuals who are repeatedly cited for offenses, have outstanding warrants and/or have accumulated excessive “failure to appear” violations are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The majority of the homeless who frequent Freeman Park are clients of the Fourth and Hope homeless shelter. The shelter provides overnight beds for up to 73 individuals as well as three meals a day. The shelter is currently open from seven days a week from 4:00 pm to 7:00 am, and clients are not allowed to stay on premises during daytime hours (except for noontime meals and for four hours one-day-a-week for showers and laundry).
With the pending closure of Freeman Park to accommodate the construction of the Downtown Hotel Project, the City is working to provide several options for homeless who currently frequent the park. The goal is to minimize the displacement of homeless individuals to other neighborhood parks during the hotel construction project, and beyond.
Housing First is a homeless assistance approach or framework that champions permanent housing as a solution for those who are homeless. Access to programs is not contingent on sobriety, minimum income requirements, lack of a criminal record, completion of treatment, participation in services, or other unnecessary conditions. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) prioritizes Housing First proposals in its annual funding to local regions.
Deviating from past practice of “transitioning” those without homes through a temporary house or apartment in which individuals and families must prove or demonstrate their readiness to live in a permanent home, Housing First is built upon the belief that everyone needs a permanent place to live before successfully addressing mental health, illegal drug use, employment and other issues. The Housing First model has two components:
On September 29, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1380 into law making California a Housing First state that requires all state programs targeted to end homelessness to incorporate Housing First into its core principles. The Woodland City Council also adopted Housing First as its approach to homelessness.
Although the word “homeless” is used to describe those who are unhoused, research indicates that differences exist in characteristics and effective interventions among individuals who find themselves without shelter. If temporarily or situationally homeless due to a recession or other life events, the preferred intervention is rapid re-housing. Transitional housing is no longer seen as the preferred paradigm for most although it is still viewed as effective for those recovering from domestic violence. Those who are chronically homeless generally suffer from severe disabilities and respond best to permanent supportive housing.
Although research has provided best practices and guidance on effective interventions, there is no “silver bullet” to ending homelessness. The issue is multi-faceted; individuals and families who are homeless range from those experiencing short-term money issues to others with lifelong incapacities from poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol use, deinstitutionalization (the right of those with disabilities to live in the least restrictive environment), incarceration and unemployment. To date, recommendations include a combination of interventions including prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing.
Not everyone living on the streets wants to move indoors, but the overwhelming majority do. Woodland police officers on the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) and their social service partners have found that more than half of those living on the streets have asked for help with housing. Others make different choices after establishing trusting relationships with police officers and outreach workers, resulting in their eventual request for housing and accompanying services. The smallest group, approximately 10 percent, remain steadfast in their desire to continue to live unhoused. These individuals can benefit from ongoing outreach services and check-ins as to their health and well-being.
What we do know is that no single person or no one community organization can solve homelessness. The most effective strategy to making headway on this complex social issue is to strategically and collaboratively work together. Government, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, and residents are all needed to work toward housing for all. This is accomplished by taking steps incrementally over time to increase housing and service options for those chronically homeless and preventing homelessness whenever possible for those already housed.
Policy and housing experts concur that prevention is a critical part to eradicating homelessness. Strategies that keep people housed or return them to housing quickly, such as rapid re-housing programs, are an essential component to turning the curve on homelessness. While difficult at times to dedicate limited funds to keeping people housed when people currently unhoused require immediate attention, prevention efforts avoid the high costs of returning individuals and families to housing once homeless.
In 2015, Santa Clara County published the largest and most comprehensive body of information that was assembled in the United States to date analyzing the public costs of homelessness. Authored by the Economic Roundtable, the report can be found at www.destinationhomesv.org. Among other results, this study concluded that the Santa Clara community had a significant opportunity to use public funds more efficiently.
The results indicate that the top 5% of the homeless population accounts for 47% of all public costs. By prioritizing those who are chronically homeless for housing, it is possible to obtain savings that greatly exceed the cost of housing.
In addition, the study found that the top 10% of high cost utilizers had an average public cost of $62,473; the average cost after being housed was $19,767, an annual cost reduction of $42,706 for those who remained housed.
Data from the study suggests that communities adopt the following three strategies in their efforts to reduce homelessness:
A KNOX-BOX® is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys or key cards to provide access for the fire department in emergency situations without resorting to forced entry and potential damage to property. The fire department maintains master keys for the Knox boxes in secure locations.
3200 Series Knox-Box is the smallest model approved for commercial use, but the selected Knox-Box must be large enough to accommodate all keys and magnetic cards necessary for Fire Department access to all areas of the building. Recessed models are available for those seeking a more aesthetically pleasing box.
Knox Boxes should be mounted as near as possible to the primary entry door and shall not be visually obstructed. The Knox Box should be installed 5 to 6 feet from ground level. The Knox Box for a gate shall be located on the gate or on a fence or wall within 6 feet of the gate. Additional boxes may be required based on the size of building or fire protection systems throughout the property.
If a tamper switch is connected to the automatic fire alarm system or security system, it must report a "supervisory" condition - never an "alarm" condition. Do not discard the red reflector decal provided with the Knox-Box. Fire Department will install this decal to identify the location of the Knox-Box for responding emergency personnel.
Knox-Box products can now be ordered online at the Knox-Box website. Choose a product then enter the zip code of where the box will be installed, or enter Woodland Fire Department. After you fill out the order form and "submit" it, your order will be forwarded to the Fire Prevention Division for pre-approval. You will receive an email stating whether the order is approved or not, and if not, the reason why. You can then proceed with payment and shipping information.
Keys to exterior doors, interior doors, electrical and mechanical rooms, etc., shall be clearly identified using durable tags and on a single ring if possible. After the Knox-Box is installed, the owner or their designee must contact the Fire Prevention Division at 530-661-5857 or by email to schedule an appointment to secure the keys and lock the Knox-Box.
Knox padlocks and key switches operate with the same master key. These items help expedite emergency responders responding to gated communities, apartments, and businesses. Padlocks and switches could be ordered using the same procedure. Knox Padlocks are required where padlocks are used on manual security gates across fire lanes, and where otherwise approved and directed by the Fire Prevention Bureau. Knox Key Switches are required where approved for access control systems, and electric/motorized security gates across fire lanes.
In areas that are highly prone to vandalism, tampering, or where non-locking caps are continuously missing, locking Knox FDC caps may be required as directed by the Fire Prevention Bureau. These caps prevent debris from entering and damaging the system, and obstructing water flow.
Further information about Knox-Box Rapid Entry Systems can be obtained at the Knox-Box website.
A makerspace is an area dedicated to education through creation where users can imagine, explore, and collaborate in hands-on learning, design, and production. The Makerspace Movement has gained momentum in recent years worldwide as a creative, collaborative space outside home, school, and work to explore and learn. This movement aligns with the library's mission to provide education and literacy to the community. "Libraries have always been on the forefront of providing public access to emerging technology that isn't readily available to most consumers," stated Greta Galindo, Woodland Public Library Director.
The name of the space, 745.5 Square One, refers to the Dewey Decimal classification (how the library sorts nonfiction books) for ‘handcrafts' (745.5) and to the place people return when they need to rethink an idea or try again (Square One).
Square One will provide the opportunity for patrons to learn important skills that can be used in the workforce-from drafting and design to the hands-on work of crafting circuit boards. Square One is designed to be a modular space to bring together the community to share knowledge and collaboratively problem solve. The central design hub, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary, consists of a dozen laptops and 8 work tables that can be rearranged for classes, large projects, or smaller group work. Surrounding the design hub are 5 work areas:
These areas have all been created to be flexible spaces that can expand or contract as classes, presentations, and use require.
Square One's opening marks the culmination of two years of work, planning, construction, and collaboration with numerous organizations. This project was funded through Measure E and J funds, and the generous financial support of:
The Woodland Public Library thanks our generous community for their support of Square One.
The possibilities are endless!
There are 6 maker areas in Square One with the following equipment:
Please view our Calendar to see what classes are available to take.
All city residents are invited to share in our community resource, Square One.
All users must have a signed waiver (PDF) (minor waiver (PDF)) on file.
Visit these resources to learn more:
This software is available:
All requests for public records should be directed to the City Clerks Office. Download a copy of the Public Records Request Form (PDF). You can email the form to the City Clerk or fax it to 530-661-5813.
Anyone may initiate a request for public records. For questions please call the City Clerk at 530-661-5806.
Public Records requests may be used to obtain "agency records," which include a wide variety of documents and other materials (including print, photographic, and electronic formats) that were created or obtained by a city agency and are, at the time the request is filed, in the department's possession and control.
A city agency receiving a request for documents under the Public Records Act has 10 days in which to respond to the request.
Fees for copies are $0.10 per page, unless the requested document has an established statutory fee. The cost of CDs and audio tapes will vary depending on the specific request. For questions please call the City Clerk at 530-661-5806.
Public records are open to inspection during regular business hours, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for city holidays. The office of the City Clerk is located at:300 First StreetWoodland, CA 95695
Just as a glass greenhouse traps heat form the sun, greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and others, in Earth's atmosphere do the same. As higher concentrations of GHGs are emitted, the greenhouse effect is intensified. This causes changes in climate patterns, which can impact the health and welfare of humans, wildlife, agriculture, and other environmental and societal factors.
In order to achieve Woodland's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, the City, its residents, and local businesses must work together to reduce GHG emissions. The CAP's six focus areas are Energy, Transportation and Land Use, Urban Forest and Open Space, Water and Solid Waste, Public Involvement, and Municipal Operations.
You can do your part in reducing GHG emissions in your community by choosing from a variety of actions and strategies ranging from simple actions, such as switching to LED light bulbs, recycling, composting food scraps, conserving water, or choosing alternative modes of transportation, to more advanced options, such as implementing energy-efficiency retrofit projects at home, replacing a gasoline or diesel vehicle with a hybrid or electric vehicle, converting your lawn to a water-wise landscape, or launching a citizen-led outreach effort. View the Climate Action Plan (PDF) to find simple and advanced ways to do your part in helping to reduce community-wide GHG emissions in Woodland.
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are those gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and others) that trap heat in the atmosphere. The buildup of GHGs in earth's atmosphere causes changes in regional and global climate patterns, which can result in impacts on the health and welfare of humans, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and other environmental and societal factors.
California Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32), signed into law in 2006, committed the state to reducing GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Year 2005 emission levels are used as the standard baseline level. Executive Order S-3-05 established a long-term target to reduce emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. More recently, Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) established an interim target to achieve reductions of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. To meet this goal, the state encourages local communities to reduce GHG emissions by 15% from baseline levels by 2020 and longer term climate change effects must be addressed in General Plans and project environmental reviews.
A local climate action plan is based on the premise that local governments and the communities they represent are uniquely capable of addressing many of the major sources of emissions within their jurisdictions. Local climate action plans typically address an array of activities and planning practices that directly or indirectly affect GHG emissions. The main focuses of GHG reduction strategies are often electricity generation and use, transportation modes and patterns, and land uses, but many other contributing activities and processes are considered as well.
The 2020 Preliminary CAP and current CAP establish GHG-reduction targets that are consistent with state-established goals and provide strategies for achieving those targets. The CAP is intended to provide the community with a well-defined framework related to energy efficiency and climate change effects and streamline future project compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
General Plans are now required to address climate change impacts and adaptation policies. The CAP was developed simultaneously with the City's 2035 General Plan Update, which includes specific policy direction to implement the CAP. The 2035 General Plan also contains many goals and policies supporting the CAP that were considered during CAP development and analysis.
The State CEQA Guidelines require analysis and mitigation of GHG emissions for proposed projects. CEQA review and permitting may be streamlined for projects that are consistent with a Climate Action Plan and accompanying development checklist, once developed. Therefore, a Climate Action Plan can provide project applicants in Woodland with a consistent, predictable, and streamlined approach to greenhouse gas emission analysis and mitigation requirements for CEQA compliance.
Additionally, CAPs and energy-efficiency plans are a requirement for many state and federal grant processes. With adoption and implementation of the CAP, the City of Woodland is prepared to meet grant application requirements when grant opportunities arise.
Woodland’s water has historically been derived from groundwater wells with water hardness levels that averaged about 18 grains per gallon. For this reason, water softeners have been a popular choice for many Woodland residents over the years. With completion of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency’s Surface Water Treatment Plant in mid-2016, Woodland’s primary water source is now surface water pumped from the Sacramento River.
This water averages about 4 grains per gallon and is considered to be moderately hard. Some Woodland residents have found that lower hardness has allowed them to reduce or even discontinue water softener use.
If you continue to use a water softener, it pays to make sure that it's operating efficiently. If you are using more than 50 pounds of salt per month for a household of 4 people, you could be wasting money and needlessly discharging excess salt to the environment.
Learn how water softeners work by visiting our How Water Softeners Work page.
Simply complete the SNAP Form for yourself, a loved one or client. Make sure to sign and date the form. Drop the form off or mail the form to:
City of Woodland Public Safety
Attention: Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP)
1000 Lincoln Avenue
Woodland, California 95695-4100
There are two options for including a photograph with your alert form:
Please make sure the photograph is only of the registering person (portraits are best). The photograph needs to be of clear quality, recent and preferably in color. Photographs will not be returned to the registrant, so make sure you have an original copy for yourself.
After your Special Needs Alert Program form has been received, it will be processed and entered into the Police and Fire systems. It is up to the Individual or Primary Caregiver or Responsible Party completing the form to keep the information updated and accurate with the City of Woodland Public Safety.
Alert form information can be updated at any time by completing a Special Needs Alert Program form and checking the "Updated Alert" box at the top of the form. The form can then be dropped off or mailed to the Public Safety Department.
No. Completing the form and registering with the Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP) is free of charge.
To request a fire incident report, complete the Incident Request Form or call the Fire Department Administration Office at 530-661-5860. Please be prepared to provide the following information: date and approximate time, address, and type of incident (e.g. fire, vehicle accident, etc.). A $0.30 per page charge may apply depending on the request.
To schedule an inspection with Fire Prevention, complete the Fire Inspection Request Form, email us, or call the Fire Inspection line at 530-661-5857.
The Administration Office can schedule these events; a minimum of two week's notice is required. We make every attempt to accommodate requests for specific days and times but this is not always possible due to training, maintenance, and inspection activities. We discourage weekend or evening events as the Firefighters have specific duties required during those times.
To request a station tour, complete the Public Education Request Form or call the Fire Department Administration Office at 530-661-5860.
For information on burn days, call Yolo Air Quality Management at 530-757-3650 or Dispatch at 530-666-8920. To report agricultural burns, contact Dispatch at 530-666-8920.
Burning is not allowed within the City limits. Agricultural burning outside of the city limits is allowed only on designated burn days. You must contact Yolo Air Quality Management at 530-757-3650 or Dispatch at 530-666-8920 to determine if it is a burn day. You must also provide Dispatch with the time and location of the burn.
The Fire Prevention Division has staff who can answer questions about smoke detectors. Office hours are from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and you may contact them at 530-661-5858 or 530-661-5859.
The City has a weed abatement ordinance which mandates that dry weeds and grass be abated to prevent fires. Contact Fire Prevention Specialist Jessica Walton at 530-661-5858 to report any concern regarding possible fire hazard.
The WFD, as in many fire departments, is divided into two primary service divisions. The Operations Division responds to fire, medical, hazardous materials, and rescue emergencies to protect life and property. The WFD also responds to natural and man-made disasters to protect life and property. In essence, the WFD responds to any and all 911 emergency calls that do not require law enforcement action. Firefighters also provide public education and conduct business and mercantile inspections for fire and life safety issues.
If a large incident occurs, or several small incidents, and more firefighters are needed to protect the City, we can recall off-duty firefighters requesting that they report to work.
If we have a large incident beyond our staffing capabilities, our communications center automatically requests units from other agencies throughout Yolo County to help us, starting with the units closest to Woodland. This is referred to as "automatic aid" and the Woodland Fire Department (WFD) maintains automatic aid agreements with fire departments of:
The Willow Oak and Davis Fire Departments are closest in proximity and are typically able to respond to incidents in Woodland within 15 minutes.
The WFD also has agreements with all fire departments in Yolo County whereby we can ask for help from them when we need it, and they can ask for help from us when they need it. This is referred to as a "mutual-aid agreement." If we have one or more incidents beyond the capabilities of our department and adjoining departments, we can request fire resources from throughout the County to assist us.
Firefighters work together as a team called a company. Everything they do during their shift must be done together so they are always near their fire engine, and always ready to respond to an emergency. It is very common for a company to receive an alarm while away from the fire station or while returning from an incident. All units are equipped with GPS tracking capabilities which ensure that the closest unit is dispatched to an incident.
The fire engine serves several purposes to the fire company. First, it is their form of transportation around town on errands and to any emergency. Secondly, the fire engine is much like a businessperson's office or a plumber's service truck. Everything the firefighter needs to do their job is carried on that fire engine and the firefighters never know when they might need equipment off of the fire engine for an emergency medical call, a rescue, or a fire. For this reason, the engine company must have all of their tools with them at all times and those tools are carried on the fire engine.
Some fire departments have tried assigning firefighters to pickup trucks or SUVs for medical responses to cut costs, and found themselves on a medical call without their fire engine when a fire call came in. These departments found they were losing valuable time driving back to the fire station to get the fire engine to complete their fire response. In the meantime, the fire grows and crews are unable to make an aggressive interior attack or rescue by the time they arrive resulting in additional property loss and perhaps even life loss. An experiment in saving money like this one usually comes at the expense of someone's property, and perhaps even a life. It's not worth it.
The Woodland Fire Department responds to calls within the City of Woodland, which is approximately 16 square miles. Additionally, the WFD provides contract fire protection to 40 square miles within the Spring Lake Fire Protection District for a total response area of almost 56 square miles.
In California today, most, if not all, fire departments respond to medical emergencies as a standard of care. Fire Department response to medical emergencies is part of a strategic countywide emergency medical response system. Fire engines are geographically located to arrive to emergency medical incidents within 4 minutes of travel time from the station. The goal is 4 minutes 90% of the time.
Medical transport ambulances are operated by American Medical Response (AMR) as part of their exclusive operating agreement within Yolo County. AMR provides advanced life support (ALS) and transport services, and are required to arrive within 8 minutes, 90% of the time. This standard means the WFD will arrive on-scene quicker than AMR in most cases to provide patient assessment, and begin basic life support services including CPR and early defibrillation, if needed, until the ambulance arrives.
All Firefighters are trained and certified as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to provide basic life support (BLS) services. American Medical Response (AMR) is contracted to provide advanced life support (ALS) and ambulance transportation services throughout Yolo County.
The Woodland Fire Department (WFD) has a daily minimum staffing of 13 firefighters per day deployed on 3 fire engines, 1 ladder truck and the Battalion Chief's vehicle. Three Engine Companies operate with 3 fire personnel and 1 Truck Company operates with 3 fire personnel. The four Companies are deployed as follows:
The Fire Prevention Bureau is staffed with an interim Fire Marshal and 2 fire inspectors.
Woodland Fire Department (WFD) firefighters start their shift at 7 a.m. Every morning firefighters clean the stations and make sure their apparatus and equipment are operating properly. They typically start their daily training at 8 a.m. and that may last from 2 hours, to all morning, to all day. Other duties include:
All of which is completed in between responding to emergency calls. Most firefighters also have collateral duties, or additional assignment they manage and oversee, such as:
These tasks keep the firefighters busy everyday including weekends and holidays.
Woodland Fire Department (WFD) firefighters work 48-hour shifts and they go to bed each night like everyone else. While occasionally they may get a full night's sleep, most of the time they are awakened multiple times to respond to emergency calls. Lights and radio tones activate inside the stations at night to awaken the firefighters so they can get up, put on the appropriate safety gear, and get on the fire engine. They do all this with a goal of 1 minute (called "Turnout Time") to start their emergency response.
There are many components of the 911 response system contributing to the "Total Response Time" to an incident and they are:
For the most up to date call statistics,
Crime reports are available from the Police Department per the terms of the California Public Records Act and California Government Code Section 6254f at the front counter during regular business hours for $0.15 per page. Photo ID is required. If you have any questions contact us at 530-661-7800.
Traffic Collision reports can be accessed once complete online. In order to locate the report, you must enter the State and Jurisdiction and one of the following:
Yes, solicitors are required to avoid homes and businesses where "No Soliciting" signs are posted and clearly visible from all entrances onto the property. An individual is in violation of the ordinance if they choose to knock at a door where such signs are posted. Religious and political organizations are exempt from this ordinance. Solicitors are required to carry and be prepared to show a business license issued by the City. Violations of the ordinance can be reported to the police department by calling the non - emergency dispatch number at 530-666-2411.
Learn more by reading our Police Observation Devices (PODs) Policy (PDF).
As part of a city-wide joint effort the Woodland Police Department has established an email and hotline number for citizens to use to inform us of homeless related issues or concerns. Report issues or concerns by :
Note: If the issue is something that requires immediate police attention such as a crime in progress please either dial 911 or 530-666-2411 as this phone line will not be monitored 24 hours 7 days a week.
If you see the application of graffiti in progress, please call 911. If you see graffiti already applied, please contact the Police Dispatch at 530-666-2411 or email photos with location information.
Parking ticket fines can be mailed or paid directly at the Finance Department payment window in City Hall at 300 First Street, or at the Police Department at 1000 Lincoln Avenue.
You may obtain a Request for Parking Citation Review Form (PDF) from the front office of the Police Department. The form must be filled out completely and returned to the Police Department with a photocopy of the citation within 21 days of the citation date. You will be notified by mail if your request has been accepted or denied. If you have questions, or for additional information, please contact us at 530-661-7800.
Please see the City policy on the use of the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) (PDF).