ADMINISTRATIVE CITATION ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM (ACE)
The Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE) Program, 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 LA 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 offenses are eligible for an ACE citation
The list of eligible LAPD Municipal Code offenses is here.
The list of eligible Department of Animal Services' offenses is here.
How long do I have to pay the fine?
What happens if the fine is not paid?
The City may use any legal remedy to gain compliance in the collection of the fine, including criminal prosecution of the underlying offenses or failure to comply with the ordinance.
Can the citation be contested?
A citation may be contested within 20 days after mailing of the "Official Notice of Administrative Violation and Fine Due."
Additional Background Information
Additional Background Information (Spanish)
ACE FORMS - English/Spanish - To be downloaded, filled out and sent via US Mail to:
City of Los Angeles
Administrative Citation Enforcement (ACE) Program
Citation Processing Center
P.O. Box 7275
Newport Beach, Calif. 92658
Request an Initial Review of your citation. Petición para Revisión Inicial.
Request an Administrative Hearing about your citation. Petición para una Audiencia Administrativa.
Request an Advance Deposit Hardship Waiver. Petición para Exención del Depósito por Adelantado.
Ability to Pay Determination
Ability to Pay (Spanish)
Application for Fine Reduction (Spanish)