Child Protective Ordinance


In November 1996, the City of San Mateo adopted an ordinance to help protect children enrolled in non-profit programs. In addition to requiring background checks of adults supervising children, certain requisites of this ordinance are in place to help provide education and information for adults working with children in any youth program as to appropriate adult behavior and ways to respond if you feel a child has been abused.

This information is provided to the public and all youth-serving organizations to inform regarding the existence of the ordinance and steps taken by the City to help protect its children.

Please feel free to share this information with any youth group you work or volunteer with and assure they are taking appropriate action for the protection of all involved.

Important Compliance Information

  • All organizations either operating in and / or providing any type of youth services in the City of San Mateo must review the ordinance for applicability and compliance requisites.
  • The Certificate of Compliance must be completed and returned to the City not later than August 1 of each year. (This form can be completed and returned electronically.)
  • Any organization receiving any grant funds from the City will lose all funding if they are found to be non-compliant.
  • Any organization that is non-compliant will be prohibited from using all City facilities for functions sponsored by your organization.

California Law 

AB-506 Youth service organizations: child abuse and neglect prevention

The Governor approved this law on September 16, 2021. It's important to be aware of this State law, whom is required to comply, and the requirements therein. The City of San Mateo Child Protection Ordinance addresses many of the same requirements, but there are some differences, so please be sure to become familiar with the requisites of this law.