Frequently Asked Questions
The City of San Mateo operates in compliance with hundreds of written codes that are designed to maintain a healthy, safe and clean environment, carry out land use policy and preserve the quality-of-life standards that residents and businesses enjoy in our community.
There are many types of codes: City Codes, including Nuisance Codes, Zoning Codes, Fire Codes, Uniform Building Codes, Uniform Housing Codes, Vehicle Codes and Penal Codes. Code Enforcement is a responsibility shared by many City departments. To be effective and efficient, code enforcement also needs the cooperation of residents and businesses.
Because there are so many codes - many involving complex technical or legal issues - residents frequently have questions about code enforcement and their role in making San Mateo a better place to live and work. The following information will answer the most frequently asked questions about code enforcement in our community.