File a Claim

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Should I file a Claim for Damages or a Claim for Refund?
A Claim for Damages can be filed if you feel that you have lost money or property as a result of any action or inaction by the City.  A Claim for Refund pertains to monies already paid to a City department that you are seeking to have returned.
  


  

Claim for Damages iconClaim for Damages: Pursuant to Charter Section 350 all claims for money or damages against the City must be filed within six months for personal injury and within one year for property damages after the occurrence from which the damages arose. Claims for Damages may be submitted using this online form and are processed by Office of the City Attorney. If you have any questions regarding already-filed Claims for Damages or experience difficulties completing the online form, please phone the Office of the City Attorney at (213) 978-7050.

  

single dollar bill iconClaim for Refund of $5,000 or less (pdf): Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 22.13 all claims for refunds of $5,000 or less must be filed with the City Clerk within 12 months after the date of payment. A Claim for Refund can be submitted using the form and is processed by the City department against which the Claim is being filed. Questions regarding already-filed Claims for Refund should be addressed to that City department.

  

multiple dollar bills iconClaim for Refund over $5,000 (pdf): Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code Section 22.12 all claims for refunds over $5,000 must be filed with the City Clerk within 12 months after the date of payment. A Claim for Refund can be submitted using this form and is processed by the City department against which the Claim is being filed. Questions regarding already-filed Claims for Refund should be addressed to that City department.