Administrative Citation Enforcement Program (ACE)
The Administrative Citation Enforcement Program, (ACE) within the Community Justice Initiative, is a non-criminal approach to nuisance abatement and quality of life offenses - using fines (instead of arrest, incarceration and criminal records) - for people who violate the Los Angeles Municipal Code. Coordinated betwen the LA City Attorney's Office, LAPD and Animal Services, ACE is far superior to using criminal courts and criminal sanctions to deal with minor offenses. Some ACE violators, particularly people 18 - 21, have been referred to our Neighborhood Justice Program as an alternative adjudication to their citation case.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I'VE BEEN ISSUED AN ADMINISTRATIVE CITATION?
Review the City's Administrative Citation Program (ACE Program) Fact Sheet. (link to PDF in English)
Review the City's Administrative Citation Program (ACE Program) Policies and Procedures. (link to PDF in English)
WHICH OFFENSES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR AN ACE CITATION?
List of eligible LAPD Municipal Code offenses. (link to PDF in English)
List of eligible Department of Animal Services' offenses. (link to PDF in English)
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FINE?
Payment must be made within 20 days, and payment can be accepted online (click on Administrative Citations), over the phone, or by mailing in a check or money order.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A FINE IS NOT PAID?
The City may use any civil legal remedy available to collect any unpaid Administrative Fine or to gain compliance with the Administrative Order.
CAN A CITATION BE CONTESTED?
A citation may be contested within 20 days after mailing of the "Official Notice of Administrative Violation and Fine Due."
ADDITIONAL ACE FORMS:
Request an initial review of your citation. (link to PDF in English)
Petición para un revisión inicial de su citación. (link to PDF in Spanish)
Request an administrative hearing about your citation. (link to PDF in English)
Petición para una audiencia administrativa sobre su citación. (link to PDF in Spanish)
Request an advance deposit hardship waiver. (link to PDF in English)
Petición para exención del depósito por adelantado. (link to PDF in Spanish)
Download form, fill out and mail hard copy to:
City of Los Angeles
ACE Program Citation Processing Center
Post Office Box 7275
Newport Beach, CA. 92658