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How do I apply for an alarm permit, renew an existing permit or pay a false alarm fine?

Click here to do any of these transactions online or for more information.

Whom do I contact to pick up a stray animal?
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.

Are passengers affected by this law?
No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.


Are you required to license your bicycle in Woodland?
Yes, bicycle licenses are required. A license can be obtained by bringing your bicycle to the front office of the police department during business hours. The serial number of the bicycle will be documented and a license will be issued. The fee for bicycle licenses is $12.00 cash, exact change, no checks. The license is valid for two years. Contact the Business Office at 530-661-7800 with questions.

Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while driving?
No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a law enforcement officer can pull you over.

Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?
YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.


Do I need a permit for a burglary/robbery alarm installed in my home or business.
Yes, Woodland has an alarm ordinance that requires every home or business with an alarm system to obtain a permit. Permits cost $36.00 for new/first time permits. Alarm permit renewal fee is $24.00 per year. The ordinance is designed to reduce false alarms. An additional $80.00 fee is charged for each false alarm in the calendar year with the exception of the first false alarm (no charge).    

To apply for an alarm permit, renew an existing permit or to pay a false alarm fine, please click here:

Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?
Yes


Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?
The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.


Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.


Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your wireless telephone while driving?
Yes.


Does Woodland have a Curfew Ordinance?
It shall be unlawful for any minor under the age of eighteen years to loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play on or upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds or other public grounds, public places and public buildings, places of amusement and eating places, vacant lots or other unsupervised places between the hours of 10:00 p.m., or 11:00 p.m. daylight savings time and sunrise immediately following; provided, however, that the provisions of this section do not apply when the minor is accompanied by his or her parents, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor, or when the minor is upon an emergency errand directed by his or her parent or guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor or when the minor is returning directly home from a meeting, entertainment, recreational or occupational activity or dance.

Does Woodland have an ordinance pertaining to door to door solicitation?
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.

DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?
NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities. (VC 23124).


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while driving?
NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency agency entity.


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; Does the law apply to me if I’m an emancipated minor?
Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my wireless telephone while driving?
NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?
NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency situation.


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?
Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.


DRIVERS UNDER AGE OF 18; Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?
No

How can I obtain a sound permit?
A Sound Amplification Permit Application is available at the front office of the Police Department at 1000 Lincoln Avenue. The department will review the application. A fee of $25.00 is due upon approval of the application.

How can I request police reports?
Traffic or 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 (15 cents) per page.  Photo ID is required.

How long can a car be parked on a City of Woodland residential street before it has to be moved?
Answer:  72 hours.

How long can travel trailers and motor homes be parked on a city street in Woodland?
Answer:  24 hours.

Is alcohol allowed in City of Woodland parks?
Alcohol is allowed in parks by permit only. Contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 530-661-5880 for information about obtaining a permit.

Is there a number other then 9-1-1 that I should call if I require a police officer's assistance in a non-emergency situation?
Yes, 9-1-1 should only be used in life threatening situations or emergencies. In other circumstances requiring a police officer's response in the City of Woodland we ask that you call our non-emergency dispatch number at 530-666-2411.

Is there a process to contest a parking ticket?
You may obtain a Request for Parking Citation Review form 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.

Is there an ordinance that covers abandoned vehicles?
Answer:  Yes. The Police Department has an abandoned vehicle abatement program staffed primarily by a volunteer. Vehicles may be considered abandoned if they have been parked on a city street for more than 72 hours without being moved. If you suspect a vehicle is abandoned please call the non-emergency dispatch number, 530-666-2411 and advise them of the location of the vehicle and a description of the vehicle including license plate number

What are the fines if I’m convicted?
The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.


What are the Police Department's Business Office hours?
The Business Office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The office is closed on Saturdays and Sundays and most holidays.

What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands- free device?
The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services agency.


What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?
No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature.


What is considered a noise violation?
A noise violation is considered to be any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise, which annoys, disturbs, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of others.

What is considered graffiti?
Graffiti is defined as the unauthorized spraying of paint or marking or ink, chalk, dye or other similar substances on public and private buildings, structures and places where it is visible to the public (City Ordinance 1181).

What is the difference between the two laws?
The first prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) 23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. Drivers under the age of 18 may NOT use a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle(VC 23124).


What is the fine for illegally parking in a handicap parking stall in Woodland?
Answer:  $275.00

What other exceptions are there?
Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property.


When am I required to obtain a permit for sound?
A permit is required for the broadcast of a radio, phonograph or similar instrument, using voice or sound amplifiers, either into a public thoughfare from a fixed location or a moving vehicle, or in connection with any public celebration, public function on a public holiday, or in connection with the broadcast of events of interest to the general public.

When are bike helmets required?
Bike helmets are required for individuals under 18 years of age. This requirement is not only for bicycles, but for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and in-line skates, and also applies to passengers. For additional information see the DMV Vehicle Code.

When are child safety seats required?
While in a vehicle, a child must ride in a child safety seat until he/she reaches six (6) years of age and weighs sixty (60) pounds.

When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
The new laws take effect July 1, 2008


Where can I pay a parking ticket fine?
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.

Where do I report graffiti?
If you see the application of graffiti in progress, please call 9-1-1. If you see graffiti already applied, please contact the Police Dispatch at 530-666-2411.

Whom do I contact regarding animal services?
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: http://www.yolocountysheriff.com/animalser.html

Contact information:
Animal Services
2640 East Gibson Road
Woodland CA 95776

Phone:  (530) 668.5287, (916) 375-6492
Fax:  (530) 668-5288


Will I receive a point on my drivers license if I’m convicted for a violation of the wireless telephone law?
NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation point.


Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?
Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.


Will the conviction appear on my driving record?
Yes, but the violation point will not be added.


Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation.


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