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: 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.
Claim 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.
Claim 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.
Special Reward Application (pdf): The City offers individuals up to a $50,000 reward for information on drivers of vehicles that cause death or injury to another person or damage to any property, including a vehicle, where the driver knows that he or she was involved in the accident and failed to perform the requirements of California Vehicle Code Sections 20003 and 20004 if the accident resulted in death or injury to another person, or failed to perform the requirements of California Vehicle Code Section 20002 when the accident resulted in property damage.
Graffiti and Illegal Dumping Reward Application: The City offers up to a $1,000 reward for information resulting in the identification, apprehension and conviction or final adjudication of persons committing the act of graffiti vandalism or illegal dumping. You must have been involved in the conviction or final adjudication in order to qualifty for the reward for identifying, in whole or in part, those responsible for the act of graffiti or illegal dumping. Click on the link below to visit the Bureau of Street Services Investigation and Enforcement Division for the application and additional details.