File a Complaint

You may file a formal or informal complaint electronically with the Ethics Commission by selecting the appropriate form below. Note that formal complaints must be signed under penalty of perjury (the online form allows an electronic signature). Informal complaints do not require a signature and may be made anonymously. Please do not file a complaint with the Ethics Commission unless it involves a violation that is subject to the Commission's enforcement authority (see jurisdiction notes at the bottom of the page).

Note that with any online submission, you may attach up to five electronic documents (e.g, scanned photos, documents, pdfs).

If you prefer to file a formal complaint through the mail or by delivering it to the Commission offices, please use the PDF icon paper complaint form. This form can be completed before or after printing. Informal complaints may take any form, including email or letter. If you choose not to file your complaint online, it may be mailed to the Ethics Commission, 1010 Second Ave., Suite 1530, San Diego, CA 92101, or e-mailed to ethicscommission@sandiego.gov.

For information regarding the Ethics Commission's procedures for processing complaints, please refer to the PDF icon Enforcement Process Flowchart.

Jurisdiction Notes:  The Ethics Commission will not investigate violations that fall outside the Commission's purview. Please refer to our jurisdiction FAQs for more information regarding the types of violations that the Commission is authorized to investigate. Complaints regarding police misconduct should not be submitted to the Ethics Commission; instead, they should be directed to the Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices. Similarly, suspected cases of fraud, waste, or abuse should be reported to the City's Fraud Hotline.