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An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), also known as in-law units, second units, cottages, or granny units, is a smaller living unit on a property that has a single-family residence.
An ADU is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides independent living facilities for one or more persons, is accessory to the primary single-family residential dwelling unit, and includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking facilities, and sanitation on the same parcel as the primary residential dwelling unit.
A JADU is an additional, independent living unit created through the conversion of an existing bedroom in a single-family dwelling.
No. An accessory dwelling unit is habitable, while an accessory building is not (i.e. shed, covered porch, etc.). However, accessory buildings have the potential to be converted into an ADU, if it conforms to current ADU code requirements.
ADUs can be detached, attached or within the primary residence. Most ADUs are converted from existing storage or garage space.
In the City of San Mateo, one ADU or JADU is allowed per parcel.
ADUs cannot be rented for less than 30 consecutive days.
No. The property owner must record a deed restriction with the city of San Mateo restricting the sale of an ADU from the primary dwelling.
The Accessory Dwelling Unit Code (Section 27.19 Articles 1 and 2) of the City of San Mateo Zoning Ordinance, establishes the development regulations and other criteria that must be met to construct any type of ADU/JADU. See: See ADU/JADU Requirements.
No, if the ADU meets exemptions from parking requirements (living within a ½ mile of transit stop, etc. SMMC 27.19.50 (k/5)). Remember, you can always contact the City Planning department to help your project conform to the SMMC code.
Yes. Any covered structure is counted as floor area (i.e. sheds, covered porches, etc.).
Yes, depending on the type of ADU. Please contact the SMC Fire Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650) 522-7900
Yes, for both ADU and JADU.
They are required for ADUs, but not JADUs.
Property taxes are assessed by the County of San Mateo Assessor’s Office. Like other development projects in the City, the County collects information from the City when building permits are issued to a property. Please contact the County Assessor’s Office for more information about how the information is used.
An unregistered ADU cannot be registered until it fulfills current ADU city standards in the SMCC code i.e. parking, setbacks, facility standards etc. Unregistered ADUs are subject to code enforcement.
Check with the Building Division to see if your property has past building permits for a garage. If none are found, you will need to conform to the SMMC Building and Planning code and then apply for a garage permit with the Building Division.
The City of San Mateo recommends using the Peninsula Builders Exchange Construction Finder or call 650-591-4486.
You may contact our Planning and Building staff by email, phone, or by visiting our counter for further questions on your project.
General Zoning Inquiries:
Call Planner on Duty: (650) 522-7212
Planning Counter Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00am - 4:45pm and Tuesday 12:30pm - 4:45pm
Building Permit Application and Fee Inquiries:
Building Counter Line: (650) 522-7172
Building Code Consultation (Building Plan Checker) Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am - 11:30am
Fire Prevention Inquiries:
Justin Ho: (650) 522-7940
Fire Code Consultation Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30am-11:30am
Parks and Recreation Inquiries:
Call (650) 522-7400
Heritage Tree Preservation Inquiries:
Call (650) 522-7420
2. Plan review services...of construction documents including plans, engineering data, energy conservation reports, fire sprinkler and fire alarm plans for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
3. Permit issuances...for building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire sprinkler and fire alarm construction, alteration or installation work.
Other services provided by the Building Inspection Division include off hour inspections, time extensions for building permits, inspection of fire sprinkler systems for one and two family dwellings, code interpretation consultation, and inspections of daycare facilities located in single family dwellings for 14 or fewer children.
The Customer Self-Service (CSS) Portal let’s you search records by address, date range, permit number, or parcel number – you can also use the interactive map search feature. You no longer need to call or come into City Hall during business hours to request inspections or look up current and past records – everything’s online and available to you 24/7 from any electronic device.
Hours of Construction*:Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 7:00pmSaturday: 9:00am. - 5:00pm.Sunday and City Observed Holidays: 12:00pm - 4:00pm*Work is to be performed during these hours only.
Foundation: A foundation inspection shall be scheduled when the trenches are excavated, forms and steel reinforcing bars are in place, but prior to concrete being poured.
Under Floor: An inspection shall be scheduled after all under floor framing, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical is complete and before insulation and the sub-floor is installed.
Roof Nail: A roof nail inspection is required after the roofing deck is installed and before applying any roofing materials.
Exterior Shear Nail: A shear nail inspection is required after the shear walls are installed and before any exterior protection in applied.
Fire Inspection: A residential fire sprinkler system inspection is required for piping, hangers and sprinkler location before the rough framing inspection.
Rough Frame: The rough framing inspection shall be scheduled after the roof and walls are weather tight. All rough framing, rough electrical, rough plumbing, and rough mechanical shall be completed prior to the inspection. Also, if automatic fire sprinklers are installed, a fire inspection shall be completed prior to a rough framing inspection.
Electrical: A rough electrical inspection shall be scheduled after all the electrical wiring is run and before the receptacles are installed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the electrical system will be inspected at that time. After all the work is completed, a final inspection shall be scheduled and the electrical fixtures and receptacles will be inspected.
Plumbing: • Under floor plumbing: When all under floor work is installed, at under floor inspection. Drainage systems shall be tested and inspected while under 10 foot headwater test and water piping shall be tested under working pressure. • Rough plumbing: A rough plumbing inspection shall be scheduled after all the plumbing systems (drainage, vents, water and gas piping) are completed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the plumbing system will be inspected at that time. Drainage and vent systems shall be tested and inspected while under 10 foot headwater and water piping shall be tested under working pressure. • Main Sewer Line: The main sewer line and its connection to the public sewer shall be scheduled for a water test inspection. • Gas Lines: All gas lines and systems require an inspection before connections are made to the supply lines. If a rough framing inspection is required, the inspection for the gas line shall be inspected along with the rough frame. For the inspection, the installer shall supply equipment to conduct an air pressure test of ten pounds for 15 minutes to be verified by the Building Inspector.
Mechanical: • Under floor inspection: An inspection is required for under floor ducts or vents. If an under floor inspection is required, the mechanical ducts and vents will be inspected at that time. • Rough mechanical: A rough mechanical inspection shall be scheduled after the mechanical system, heat ducts, exhaust and vent ducts are installed. If a rough framing inspection is required, the inspection for the mechanical system shall be inspected along with the rough frame
Lath and Plaster: An inspection shall be scheduled to inspect the attachment (screwing or nailing) of all firewalls and water-resistant wallboard. An inspection shall also be scheduled to inspect the attachment for all exterior lath. • Insulation: All required insulation shall be inspected after installation and before the material is covered.
Final Inspection: When all work is completed a final inspection shall be scheduled prior to occupancy or use of the area. If automatic fire sprinklers were installed, a final inspection from the Fire Inspector shall be scheduled and approved prior to scheduling the final Building inspection.
The Property owner must supply the Building Official with a "notice of final inspection" by the special inspection agency before your job can be "finalized" by the City Building Inspector.
If you have any questions about the special inspection requirements you should contact the plan checker assigned to your project. Field problems with special inspection should be brought to the attention of you City Building Inspector.
A certificate of occupancy is required for all:
Please call the San Mateo Consolidated Fire District at 650-522-7940.
Many permits also require review by the Planning Division. The Planning Division reviews the height, size, and occupancy type of your project, as well as neighborhood concerns.
Visit the Building Division website for the most current hours information and access to additional resources to obtain a permit.
Submit the completed application forms along with the appropriate fee. The plans are then reviewed by a Building Plan Checker. Once approved by all Divisions/Departments, a permit is issued. A building permit issued while you wait is called and "Over the Counter Permit". Types of work that can be done over the counter are: - Existing bathroom and kitchen remodels - Repair of existing stucco or siding - Most types of termite repair work - Exterior stair repair - Roof sheathing repair - Replacement of existing windows
A complete plan should illustrate the following items: - Building location and relationship to the street, sidewalk, property lines and other items on or near the property. - Distance(s) between the house walls and the front, back, and side lot lines. - Exterior elevations illustrating the addition or the change being made. - Plans for each floor being remodeled or added to show both the existing and proposed work. - Type and size of all building materials to be used. Show connections/attachments. - Structural drawings and calculations if required. - Title 24 Part 6 Energy Calculation for new living areas.
Information and forms that have been glued, pasted or taped onto plans are not acceptable, nor is "white-out" allowed on permit drawings.
If any department has comments on your project they will issue a correction notice which will be faxed or mailed to the individual who submitted the plans. The applicant should make the corresponding corrections on a new set of plans and re-submit the plans. The plans are put back into the routing system and reviewed a second time.
Once the plans are approved by all departments, we will package your permit for issuance and call the applicant to come pick up the permit. Only the contractor or the homeowner may pull the permit at this time. An agent for the owner or contractor must have a letter from the owner stating that the agent has been given permission to pull the permit.
A Building Permit fee is paid at the time the permit is picked up. This fee is based on the construction valuation and any plumbing, mechanical, or electrical work being done.
However, special structural components such as engineered foundation or shear walls, retaining walls over four feet high, underpinning, rigid frames, structural steel or reinforced concrete or wood trusses, glu-laminated beams, columns and arches shall be designed and signed by a licensed architect, civil engineer or structural engineer.
The Green Building Code requires a construction and waste management form to be completed prior to permit issuance and a minimum of 65% of nonhazardous construction and demolition waste to be recycled. The City of San Mateo holds a deposit until the end of the project. When the recycling receipts are turned in and it is verified that 65% or more was recycled, a reimbursement will be issued.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) makes the final determination of which positions have "supervisory or disciplinary" authority based on the description that the non-profit offers of the position in the application to obtain a criminal background record. Once the non-profit demonstrates that a position has "supervisory or disciplinary power over a minor", the DOJ should fulfill their request for background information.
Not to fulfill the requirements of this ordinance. Organizations may have their own policies and procedures that may require additional training.
Upon request, the City provides non-profit organizations with Certificate of Training cards that are to be provided to individuals upon completion of the appropriate training. This card can be accepted by other organizations to meet the ordinance.
An act of the California State Legislature, commonly referred to as Megan’s Law, gives law enforcement personnel greater freedom to distribute information on registered sex offenders. Starting July 1997, any individual can go to the Police Department and determine if a person is among California’s 57,000 registered sex offenders. The option to use Megan’s Law has been added into the ordinance so that in the future the City can take full advantage of the information this legislation provides.
The city’s code may be found on the San Mateo City Charter and Municipal Code website.
No, the City Attorney’s Office may only provide advice and representation to the city and its officials and employees. Residents in need of legal assistance may contact San Mateo County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 650-369-4149 (for either English or Spanish.)
Birth, death, and marriage certificates and marriage licenses are issued by the County of San Mateo. Please contact the County Clerk's Office at (650) 363-4000 or see their website for more information about obtaining a certificate. San Mateo County Clerk's Office, 555 County Center, First Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063-1665
Agendas are posted by the end of the day on the Thursday before each City Council meeting.
Agendas are posted by the end of the day on the Thursday before each City Council meeting. You can also subscribe for agenda updates by email.
City Council meeting minutes are available on our Council agendas and minutes page. Minutes are listed after the agenda items for each meeting.
All of the City Commissions and Boards are listed here, along with information about current vacancies and how to apply. Community residents interested in serving on a board or commission may obtain an application online. Commissioners and board members are selected by the full City Council through a competitive process.
The City’s Finance Department processes all business tax certificates (i.e., business licenses). More information is available at www.cityofsanmateo.org/304/Business-License
Voter registration information is available through the San Mateo County Election website or http://registertovote.ca.gov. The San Mateo City Clerk’s Department provides voter registration forms during office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. We can assist you in locating vote centers as Election Day approaches and on Election Day.
A claim must be filed with the City of San Mateo within six months of the incident. Completed forms can be e-mailed to email@example.com, mailed or hand-delivered to:City Clerk, City of San Mateo, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403. City Hall is closed from 12-1pm. Claim Against the City Form.
Go to the official election website for the County of San Mateo www.smcacre.org/elections or call (650) 312-5222 for up-to-date information. State-wide elections are held on even numbered years.
All conflict of interest statements (Fair Political Practices Commission's Form 700) for candidates, elected officials, and select officers of the City are available our website.
The Municipal Code is a published compilation of City laws and their revisions organized according to subject matter (arranged by title, chapter and section). The Municipal Code is updated periodically as new ordinances are adopted by the City Council. The Municipal Code for the City of San Mateo is available online at: https://sanmateo.ca.us.open.law/
San Mateo’s City Charter is available online at: https://sanmateo.ca.us.open.law/ San Mateo is one of two cities in the county that is a charter city. The San Mateo City Charter formulates the basic rules for governing the city. The charter can be changed or additions made by amendments, which must be approved by a majority of the voters. San Mateo was incorporated as a city on September 4, 1894.
The Ralph M. Brown Act is codified in Government Code Section 54950 et seq. The entire Government Code is available online at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.
The Public Records Act is codified in Government Code Section 6250 et seq. The entire Government Code is available online at leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. To submit a request to access any of the City's public records, go to the San Mateo Public Records Request Center www.cityofsanmateo.org/PublicRecords.
Current phone numbers and email addresses for each of our City Council members are available on our website. To reach all City Council members you can email them at Citycouncil@cityofsanmateo.org
The San Mateo City Council holds its regular meetings two times a month, on the 1st and 3rd Monday, at 7:00pm. These meetings are held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403 and are open to the public. Meetings are occasionally moved to Tuesdays due to holidays. During the months of July, August and December, only one meeting is held during the month. The Council Meeting Calendar list all regular meetings.
Yes, City Council meetings are televised live. You can watch meetings three ways: 1.Cable subscribers can watch meetings being televised on the following cable channels: Channel 26 (Wave) Channel 27 (Comcast) Channel 99 (ATT).2.You can also watch online on the City's public meeting portal. 3. Via the City's YouTube channel.
City Council meeting minutes are available on our Agenda & Minutes Public Meeting Portal page. Meeting minutes prior to 2019 are on our Public Records Portal page. If you need assistance contact the Clerk’s Office: (650) 522-7040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Agenda Reports are posted online in the agenda packet for each upcoming City Council meeting. Agenda reports prior to 2019 are available on our Public Records Portal page.
If you need assistance contact the Clerk’s Office: (650) 522-7040 or email@example.com
Please be prepared with specific information, such as: the address of the property, detailed description of the situation, and the length of time you have observed the situation.
We require that you leave your name and contact number or your complaint will not be assigned to a Code Enforcement Officer. All contact information is strictly confidential.
A historic resource is a building, structure, object, site, landscape, or a related grouping or collection of these (district) that is significant in history, architecture, archeology, engineering, or culture. The National Register of Historic Places (referred to as the National Register) is the nation's official list of buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts worthy of preservation. The California Register of Historical Resources (referred to as the California Register) is the authoritative guide to the state's significant historic and archeological resources.
For information about historic resources within the City of San Mateo, please visit www.cityofsanmateo.org/Planning. Select Planning Resource Documents, followed by Historic Resources Information.
Listing in the National Register provides formal recognition of a property or district’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance. Generally, properties eligible for listing in the National Register are at least 50 years old and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
The National Register listing process typically includes submittal of a nomination to the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for review and determination for listing by the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). Properties listed in the National Register are automatically listed in the California Register; however, properties may be listed in the California Register without being listed in the National Register. To be eligible for listing in the California register, a resource must be significant at the national, state, or local level and meet at least one of the following criteria:
The California Register listing process typically includes submittal of a nomination to the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) for review and determination by the SHRC.
A property or properties can be deemed eligible for either the National Register or California Register if the applicable criteria outlined above are met. Properties can be deemed eligible for either register through an evaluation by a qualified architectural historian and can be listed with property owner consent for an individual resource, or consent from a majority of property owners for a district through the nomination process described above.
A historic resource, irrespective of whether it is eligible or listed, is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) should it be impacted as a result of a physical change in the environment.
Determination of eligibility or listing for the National Register or California Register results in legal protections for the property or district. For example, environmental review may be required under CEQA if a project may cause a substantial adverse change to historic resources through demolition or alteration. Also, certain state laws, such as Senate Bill (SB) 9, do not apply to historic properties or districts. The Mills Act allows property owners to pursue tax incentives for listed resources through a contract with the City to reduce property taxes in exchange for agreeing to rehabilitate their historic resource. Lastly, historic resources are subject to additional codes including the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 27.66), the California Historical Building Code, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
During the listing process, the state notifies affected property owners and local governments and solicits public comment. If the owner (or a majority of owners for a district nomination) objects, the property cannot be listed but would still be considered eligible. Property owner contact information must also be submitted with a nomination.
Separately, the City’s General Plan Update for 2040 includes goals, objectives, policies, and action items regarding historic resources outlined in the Community Design and Historic Resources Element. The Draft General Plan is currently published for public review and comments; with anticipated adoption hearing dates in early 2024. Please review the Draft General Plan and provide comments by visiting www.strivesanmateo.org.
The Housing Element is one of many elements, or chapters, of the City’s General Plan—the long-term roadmap for the City’s future and development. The Housing Element must be updated every 8 years and shows the locations where housing can be built, and the policies and strategies necessary to meet the community’s housing needs. It is the only element of the General Plan subject to State requirements for content and which must be approved by the State Housing and Community Development Department (HCD).
The City could face legal challenges to its zoning requirements and decisions, which would require city resources to address. In some cases, judges have suspended the local agency’s ability to issue building permits until the Housing Element is certified. It would also make the City ineligible for many State grants and funding programs, that provide critical funding sources for affordable housing and transportation improvements.
The State of California determines the number of homes that are needed for the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) then distributes this information, the regional need, for the nine Bay Area counties. Each city and county is assigned a portion of the regional need based on considerations such as future population, access to jobs, and other factors. This assignment is known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), and is intended to promote the following objectives:
Each jurisdiction must show there is enough land zoned for housing to accommodate future population growth.
ABAG formed a methodology committee to determine how the need for future housing should be distributed among jurisdictions. The Committee included local elected officials and staff representing every county, as well as regional stakeholders to facilitate sharing of diverse perspectives, and met from October 2019 to December 2020. The Plan Bay Area 2050 Blueprint model was chosen as the starting point, or baseline. For technical details and meeting reports (https://abag.ca.gov/our-work/housing/rhna-regional-housing-needs-allocation/housing-methodology-committee ).
With a projected growth of over 441,000 households for the Bay Area by 2030, San Mateo County was assigned 10.8% of the Bay Area RHNA. Currently the County has 9.4 % of the current population, 10% of the jobs and is estimated to have 10% of the future population.
The RHNA for any given city was primarily based on projected number of households. The baseline is adjusted by factors including proximity to jobs, and high resource areas that have excellent access to amenities such as good schools and employment centers.
Even though San Mateo does not have the largest population, it has the most households of any city in San Mateo County, and that is the main reason it has the largest RHNA. The household base was then adjusted by the other factors mentioned above, which further increased the RHNA. In particular, San Mateo has a high share of households in high resource areas and good access to jobs.
The methodology was adopted in January and will be submitted to the State HCD for review. The State will review it to ensure it meets statutory objectives. Once that is completed, ABAG will announce the allocations in Spring 2021 as well as the guidelines for an appeals process during summer/fall, and release the final RHNA in late 2021. Now that the methodology has been adopted appeals can only be granted based on limited criteria as described in Government Code Section 65584.05. For example, appeals must demonstrate that ABAG did not adequately consider information provided during the methodology process, did not use a methodology that meets the State criteria, or that some unforeseen change in circumstances has occurred since the methodology was finalized. Since ABAG conducted a year-long public process developing the methodology that incorporates all of the State requirements, it’s unlikely that an appeal of the methodology ABAG used would be granted. Recently, only 2 out of 52 appeals from Southern California jurisdictions were partially approved due to errors based on boundaries and flood plain designations. It is not possible to challenge the overall number for the Bay Area at this time.
The new RHNA cycle covers the years 2023-2031. The General Plan update period covers up to the year 2040 which spans two Housing Element cycles. At the very least, General Plan 2040 will need to ensure that enough land is zoned for housing for RHNA 2023-31.
The City will evaluate the current zoning of potential sites for housing but may need to consider zoning revisions to accommodate the RHNA. The General Plan Update process will establish the areas where new development should be encouraged through the Land Use Element. This process is underway and includes robust community engagement. Several study areas have been identified to evaluate where future residential development should be prioritized. If the next General Plan update does not also account for the following RHNA, 2031-2039, General Plan 2040 would need to be further updated to account for the next cycle. More information is available on the General Plan Update website (https://strivesanmateo.org/).
Measure Y was approved by voters in November 2020 and sets limits on new residential building heights and densities. The City needs to evaluate how much housing can built within the limits of Measure Y to determine whether the City is able to meet its RHNA under the current restrictions. This analysis is underway and requires looking at every parcel that can accommodate housing within city limits that meets the eligibility criteria under Housing Element law.
The City must ensure that the appropriate zoning is in place to accommodate RHNA but does not control when or how much housing is actually built. New housing construction is based on a variety of socio-economic factors such as demand, available financing, land and construction costs, etc. and is ultimately driven by private property owners.
You are encouraged to take 2 actions:
Active recruitment with the City of San Mateo can be found on the Human Resources webpage and on CalOpps.org.
It is highly encouraged and preferred that applicants complete an on-line application. It is very important to thoroughly complete the employment application, including any supplemental questions that may be included. A resume may be attached to the employment application. Carefully review the job announcement for application requirements.
To prepare for the testing process, it is helpful to review the job announcement and job description to identify the responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities related to the position. You should also conduct a self-assessment of the related competencies you possess which are transferable to the position for which you will be interviewing.
You might find that gathering information about the City, Department, and Division is helpful, and much information is available on the City of San Mateo’s website.
Finally, practicing your interviewing skills with a family member or friend can be helpful.
There may be internships in specific departments, based on the needs of the City - explore internship opportunities.
Please visit the MOUs and Compensation Resolution section of our website for more information.
The City of San Mateo's Human Resources Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
We are located in City Hall, 330 W 20th Ave, San Mateo, (650) 522-7260.
Free parking is available in the parking lot in front of City Hall or on the street (2-hour limit on the street).
Please visit the Salary Schedules section of our website for more information.
Yes, except for police and fire safety employees and per diem employees.
Please visit the Employee Benefit Portal for more information.
Marriage and birth certificates are obtained through the San Mateo County Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder's Office which is a separate agency from the City of San Mateo. For information please visit their website at: http://www.smcgov.org/
CalFresh is a California Department of Social Services program which is separate from the City of San Mateo. For information please visit their website at: http://www.cdss.ca.gov/cdssweb/
To apply for unemployment benefits, you may apply on-line www.edd.ca.gov
You may contact the Social Security Administration to make an appointment or ask questions. You can visit their website at: www.socialsecurity.gov
You may contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) if you feel that you have been discriminated against based on a protected status. You may visit their website at www.eeoc.gov
With a library card number, you receive 3 hours per day. It is free to use the computers. Printing is available in color or black and white. The first 45 cents worth of printing is free with your library card number. Subsequent printouts are 15 cents per page for black and white and 30 cents per page for color.
Please following the link below and complete the online form. Librarians responsible for that subject area will review your request and consider it for purchase.
The Main Library has an underground parking garage for library customers. Parking is free. There is a 2 hour time limit enforced Monday – Saturday from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Violators will be ticketed. The parking garage closes when the library closes. Library Parking FAQs
Yes, it is available throughout the building. Simply connect to "San Mateo Public Library."
You can keep most items for 3 weeks (21 days). DVDs can be kept for 7 days. Renewals: Most items may be renewed 5 times except for Quick Pick and Technology Lending items which cannot be renewed.
Small conference rooms for 1-6 people are on all 3 floors of the Main Library. They may be reserved with a library card for up to 2 hours a day. More InformationReserve a room
Rental rates depend on your organization's status (nonprofit, resident, non-resident) and the size of the room.
Library cards are FREE. Bring photo identification and proof of current address to the accounts desk. For anyone under the age of 18: A parent's signature and proper identification are required. Students over 14 may use their current San Mateo school ID card as identification.
Most Link+ books will be renewed once through the automatic renewal program one day prior to the due date if they are not in demand. If you have opted out of the automatic renewal program, renewals can be made online, through the online catalog. Most media items cannot be renewed.
All LINK+ items must be returned to staff at an Accounts Desk. Please hand Link+ items directly to a library staff person at the desk. Returning Link+ items to any other library or in the book drop may result in late charges.
• You will be asked, “With which institution are you affiliated?” Click the down arrow, select “San Mateo City Public Library”, and click the “Submit above information” button.
• Enter your name (first and last), your library card number (all 14 digits).
• Select your pick-up location (San Mateo Main Library, Hillsdale Branch, or Marina Branch) and click the “Submit” button. You will see a confirmation message that your request was placed. Link+ Catalog
• Click on “HOLDS” to see if your items are ready to be picked up. Library Account Login
Most Link+ books will be renewed once through the automatic renewal program one day prior to the due date if they are not in demand. If you have opted out of the automatic renewal program, renewals can be made online, through the online catalog using the following steps:
• Log in to your library account.
• Click on “Checked Out”. Your checked out items will be listed.
• Select the item(s) you wish to renew by checking the box beside the title. You cannot renew items any sooner than 3 days before and no later than 2 days after the original due date.
• Click the “Renew Selected” button. This does not automatically renew your item(s) but rather forwards a renewal request to the loaning library on your behalf. You must check your LINK+ account at a later date to see if the renewal request has been approved.
• The item you’ve requested to be renewed will have one of these statuses:- A New Due Date – Your renewal has been approved.- Renewal Pending - Your request is still in process. Please check again at a later date.- Renewal Denied - Your renewal request was not approved. Please return the item(s) by the original due date to avoid the $1 per day overdue fee.Note: It may take several minutes for the LINK+ software to confirm your renewal. LINK+ items may not be renewed more than once, nor may they be renewed if someone else has requested them.
• Click on “HOLDS”.
• Check the “Cancel” box next to the title of the request you want to cancel.
• Click on the “Cancel” button to activate the cancellation.
Note: You cannot cancel a request that has been received or is in transit. Library Account Login
Yes, at most parks inflatable jumpers are permitted. However there are restrictions: jumpers must be no more than 15 x 15 and no slides or balls are permitted. The rental company must provide a generator for the jumper. The jumper permit is $25. There are only specific areas in which a jumper can be placed. Inflatable jumpers are not permitted at Parkside Aquatic Park or Laurelwood Park.
If you are calling about a report that is already on file, and there is no emergency, dial (650) 522-7650, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you have drug-related information regarding an incident that is in-progress at this moment, and can be viewed and/or dealt with by a uniformed police officer, please call the San Mateo Police dispatcher at (650) 522-7700, and report it as a crime in progress.
If you have information relating to drug-related criminal activity that is not in-progress, or is in-progress but cannot be viewed and/or dealt with by a uniformed police officer, please call the San Mateo Police Department's Narcotics Hotline at (650) 522-7690.
If you reach a recorder and want to be contacted, please leave a call-back number and your name. If you prefer not to be contacted, you may also call the "Secret Witness" number, which is (650) 522-7676 and leave anonymous information.
The San Mateo County Narcotics Task force deals with drug-related problems outside the city limits and jurisdiction of the City of San Mateo. If your information applies to these areas, please call them at (650) 573-3991 to leave a message.
Free mediation services are available by contacting the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center at (650) 513-0330 or the San Mateo County Mediation Program at (650) 373-3490. Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
For general questions regarding detectives or investigations, call (650) 522-7650 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Background investigations can be complex, so it depends on the applicant’s history. They typically take two to four months.
No amount of standard-setting will eliminate the need to make case by-case judgments based on specific facts presented by each candidate’s background. Rarely is one fact a sufficient basis for disqualifying an individual; rather, it is generally necessary to investigate the circumstances surrounding each fact in order to make an educated determination of the candidate’s suitability, taking into consideration such factors as:
Applicants seeking employment are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes. Bottom line, be honest from the start. In dealing with legal issues, we take into consideration the seriousness of the offense, the age of the candidate at the time of the offense, how recently the offense occurred, the career path of the candidate at the time of the offense, any mitigating circumstances, and the impact, if any, upon the candidate’s potential credibility as a witness in a court of law.
Applicants seeking employment are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes. It is important to underscore that a sealing or expungement usually does not relieve the applicant from providing information about the underlying conduct that led to such a sealed or expunged record. One possible exception might be an arrest/conviction expunged by a court pursuant to PC §851.8, in which case the court made a factual finding of innocence, as there is no underlying conduct to disclose.
Although this is an important area of investigation, the evaluation of a candidate’s behavior regarding the handling of finances is careful and judicious. It is critically important for the background investigator to understand the full circumstances surrounding any apparently negative financial information. Commission Regulations 1953(e)(11) and 1959(e)(10) require that a credit check be performed, “to determine the candidate’s credit standing with lenders, as an indication of the candidate’s dependability and integrity.”
Applicants seeking employment are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes.
It depends. We recommend you disclose the arrest and adjudication for evaluation.
Anyone interested in becoming a dispatcher should schedule a sit along. You will be able to meet the current dispatchers, explore the Communications Center, and see what a typical day in the life of a dispatcher is. You can schedule a sit along by emailing JOINSMPD@cityofsanmateo.org.
In addition, ensure you’ve completed the twelfth grade or it’s equivalency to apply. Lastly, having scores from CritiCall or the POST Dispatcher Test is preferred. Additional requirements are listed in the application.
Take the CritiCall examination for free. Email a recruiter at JOINSMPD@cityofsanmateo.org to receive the virtual link.
If you meet the minimum requirements, visit our Recruiting Page for current job openings.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Yes! We also offer a pay incentive for those who qualify.
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.
Yes. Submit your scores for the POST Dispatcher Test and/or the CritiCall Exam with your application. Take the CritiCall examination for free. Email a recruiter at JOINSMPD@cityofsanmateo.org to receive the virtual link.
Examination dates can also be found in the following links:
The minimum age is 18 years of age. There is no maximum age.
No. If you don’t live in San Mateo, you should consider it. The city of San Mateo is a great place to live, work, and play. We also have a great school system if you are raising children.
Dispatchers currently work on one of the following two teams:
Effective July 9, 2023, the base salary for Dispatcher I/II ranges from $85,543 - $112,284 per year. This does not include incentives. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
The Police Officers’ Association negotiated the following incentives for dispatchers: Shift Differential (5%), Bilingual ($3,599/year), Uniform Allowance ($208/year), Training Officer (8%), and a PORAC Trust account funded by the City. The City of San Mateo also offers free fitness classes through Parks and Recreation for employees. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
Yes. CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 with 3-year average final comp for “Classic” members and 2% @ 62 with 3-year average final comp for “New” members. Dispatchers also participate in the Social Security Program. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
The City of San Mateo contributes $500 per month into the PORAC Medical Trust account for members of the Police Officers’ Association; this includes dispatchers. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
A choice of medical plans with individual coverage of 100% and City paid family coverage up to 90% of the Kaiser family plan or $160 per month if waived. City paid premiums for dental, vision, and life insurance. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
88-200 hours of annual vacation (depending on years of service), 13 paid holidays per year, and 96 sick hours per year. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
The City of San Mateo created barracks for employees. We have sleeping quarters at headquarters and the substation for employees to refresh themselves between shifts or before their commute home. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the San Mateo Police Officers’ Association Memorandum of Understanding (SMPOA MOU).
Yes. We work with laterals to ensure a streamlined process.
We currently have two different lateral dispatcher incentives. One is for merit (full-time) and the other is for per diem (part-time).
Merit Lateral Dispatcher Hiring Bonus
Merit Lateral Dispatcher Requirements
Per Diem Lateral Dispatcher Hiring Bonus
Per Diem Lateral Dispatcher Requirements
Yes. Laterals typically start at a higher step.
Out of state dispatchers may apply as laterals, they must have completed a POST certified training program comparable to California POST standards. This will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
We recommend you follow your passion. When you pick your degree, and you’re likely to find a correlation to law enforcement. Just to give you an example, some of our officers have degrees in communication, psychology, public administration, sociology, business, criminal justice, accounting, digital forensics, law, etc.
Recruiters are looking for well-rounded individuals from diverse backgrounds. Be deliberate in what jobs you choose and ensure they include a team atmosphere, service to the community, problem solving, and communication.
Everyone should start the hiring process with a ride along. Come meet the team you could potentially be working alongside! In addition, ensure you have enough college credits to apply. We require the equivalent to completion of an associate's degree from an accredited college. Lastly, be sure you’ve completed the PELLETB and WSTB exams. Additional requirements are listed in the application.
Yes. Please visit our Ride Along Program website for further details.
We require you to complete the PELLETB and WSTB prior to applying for the position.
The POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery (PELLETB) measures skills that are associated with successful performance as a California peace officer. Because the PELLETB is an aptitude test, the skills measured are acquired gradually over a long period of time (usually years). There is no quick or easy way to improve these skills in preparation for the exam. The only way to predictably improve scores on an aptitude test is through extensive learning and practice (e.g., coursework, training).
The POST Work Sample Test Battery (WSTB) measures your fitness level to perform the duties of a peace officer. The examination includes a 99-yard obstacle course, 32-foot body drag, fence climbing, 500-yard spring, and 1.5 mile run.
Yes. The preferred PELLETB T-Score is 52 or higher and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
The preferred PELLETB T-Score is 52 or higher and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
Yes. The preferred score would be in the 90th percentile and a passing score for the WSTB physical agility examination.
The minimum age is 21 years of age per Government Code 1031.4. There is no maximum age.
Our minimum education standard is the equivalent to completion of an associate's degree from an accredited college.
Effective January 1, 2023, peace officers must be legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law. There are no specific citizenship requirements per Senate Bill 2. California Government Code Section 1031(h) limits employment authorization documents to those consistent with Section 274a.2 of Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Specific documentation requirements can be found on the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Government Code section 1031(g) permits departments to adopt additional and/or higher standards.
If you meet the minimum requirements, visit our recruiting page for current job openings.
We currently have a handful of vacancies. This is a great time to apply!
Although we do not have a preferential hiring program, several veterans work for the City of San Mateo and are thriving in their duties.
We invest in our employees with mentoring, development, and training. You can learn more about our organizational structure by reviewing the San Mateo Police Department Organizational Chart.
Ranks in Order
We currently have 30 specialty assignments. Some of these include detectives, school resource officer, defensive tactics, K-9, field training, and SWAT.
We currently do not have this position. Our police officers and community service officers are trained to process crime scenes. For larger events, we partner with the San Mateo County Crime Lab.
No. All of our police officers must learn the fundamentals of policing before entering a specialty assignment. Patrol is the backbone of our department and you must master it before learning a new job.
The San Mateo Police Department participates in a regional SWAT team. Our SWAT team is comprised of an elite group of members who train in the latest special weapons and tactics. After learning the fundamentals of patrol and successfully passing probation, you may test for SWAT.
No. The Sheriff’s Office manages the jail. You will go directly into field training.
Government Code Section 1029 lists all disqualifications for employment for peace officers, including felony convictions.
Applicants seeking employment as a peace officer are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes. Bottom line, be honest from the start. In dealing with legal issues, we take into consideration the seriousness of the offense, the age of the candidate at the time of the offense, how recently the offense occurred, the career path of the candidate at the time of the offense, any mitigating circumstances, and the impact, if any, upon the candidate’s potential credibility as a witness in a court of law.
Applicants seeking employment as a peace officer are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes. It is important to underscore that a sealing or expungement usually does not relieve the applicant from providing information about the underlying conduct that led to such a sealed or expunged record. One possible exception might be an arrest/conviction expunged by a court pursuant to PC §851.8, in which case the court made a factual finding of innocence, as there is no underlying conduct to disclose.
Although this is an important area of investigation, the evaluation of a candidate’s behavior regarding the handling of finances is careful and judicious. It is critically important for the background investigator to understand the full circumstances surrounding any apparently negative financial information. Commission Regulations 1953(e)(11) and 1959(e)(10) require that a credit check be performed on peace officer candidates, “to determine the candidate’s credit standing with lenders, as an indication of the candidate’s dependability and integrity.”
The City of San Mateo requires applicants to possess of a valid California driver’s license. The candidate’s driving record, in particular the nature and number of moving violations and the number of accidents, can provide useful information about the individual’s driving ability as well as other job-relevant personal characteristics.
Applicants seeking employment as a police officer are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes.
Yes. Review San Mateo PD Lexipol Policy Section 1044 for specific details.
The Police Officers’ Associate negotiated take-home-cars for detectives and the public information officer. Patrol officers have assigned vehicles they leave at the police station after their shifts. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
Patrol officers currently work a rotating four days on and four days off schedule. Officers in specialty assignments typically work four days on and three days off. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
Effective July 9, 2023, the base salary is $122,927 - $146,493. This does not include incentives. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
The Police Officers’ Association has negotiated the following incentives: Education (3%-7%), Bilingual ($5,200/year), Uniform Allowance ($999/year), Master Officer (3%-7%), Specialty Unit (5%), Field Training Officer (8%), a take-home-car program for detectives and the public information officer. The City of San Mateo also offers free fitness classes through Parks and Recreation for employees. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
The Police Officers’ Association has negotiated CalPERS 3% @ 55 with 3-year average final compensation for “Classic” members and 2.7% @ 57 with 3-year average final compensation for “New” members. Retirement program reciprocity is available for those who qualify. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
The City of San Mateo contributes into the PORAC Medical Trust account for members of the Police Officers’ Association. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
A choice of medical plans with individual coverage of 100% and City paid family coverage up to 90% of the Kaiser family plan or $160 per month if waived. City paid premiums for dental, vision, and life insurance. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
The Police Officers’ Association has negotiated 88-200 hours of annual vacation (depending on years of service), 13 paid holidays per year, and 96 sick hours per year. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
The City of San Mateo created barracks for employees. We have sleeping quarters at headquarters and the substation for employees to refresh themselves between shifts or before their commute home. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
Yes. Officers are encouraged to work out on-duty. For the most current information, please review the San Mateo POA MOU.
Applicants seeking employment as a peace officer are evaluated on an individual basis. The totality of the background investigation is taken into consideration for disqualification or non-select purposes.
It is recommended you wait until your case is adjudicated before applying.
We have several laterals who work at the police department. Lateral applicants are treated with respect for the career they’ve had at previous agencies. From the initial interview to the job offer, laterals have found the process to be streamlined and efficient.
Yes. The City of San Mateo purchases all required equipment and uniforms.
We currently have two different lateral applications open. One is for laterals with less than three years of experience and the other is for laterals with more than three years of experience. In order to qualify for the $30,000 hiring bonus, you must be an active police officer, possess a basic POST certificate, and have at least three years of California law enforcement experience to patrol services with a municipality. If you have less than three years of experience, you qualify for the $1,500 hiring bonus.
Yes. Laterals typically start at a higher step. In addition, we frontload 40-hours of vacation time and 40-hours of sick-leave.
We’ve hired people from other states! To see if your qualifications meet California POST standards, you should reach out to POST and have them do a basic course waiver assessment for you.
It’s about six months long. If hired, we will pay you to attend the police academy and provide City benefits. After graduating, you will be promoted to the rank of police officer.
No. We currently partner with the following police training facilities: College of San Mateo, South Bay at Coyote Valley, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Regional Training Center, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Academy.
No. The City of San Mateo supplies all required equipment for the police academy.
Absolutely! We are here for you every step of the way. We have over 30 specialty assignments at the department, so you're just a phone call away from talking to an expert. During your police academy experience, we usually set aside time to provide extra support with physical fitness, scenario training, range, driving, defensive tactics, and academics.
If you meet the minimum requirements, visit our Recruiting Page for current job openings.
Police Records Specialist I
Police Records Specialist II
Records Specialists work 8-hour shifts, 5 days a week. The Records Unit is operational from 0700-2100 hours. Shift start times vary.
The current base salary for Police Records Specialist I/II ranges from $59,163-$77,492 per year. This does not include incentives. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the General Unit Memorandum of Understanding.
The General Unit negotiated the following incentives for police records specialists: Shift Differential (4.5%), Bilingual ($2,340/year), Uniform Allowance ($208/year), 0.5% deferred compensation funded by the City. The City of San Mateo also offers free fitness classes through Parks and Recreation for employees. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the General Unit Memorandum of Understanding.
Yes. CalPERS retirement 2% @ 55 with 3-year average final comp for “Classic” members and 2% @ 62 with 3-year average final comp for “New” members. Police records specialists also participate in the Social Security Program. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the General Unit Memorandum of Understanding.
City contributes $160/month toward health insurance. City provides a maximum cost of 90% of Kaiser. Dental and vision insurance offered. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the General Unit Memorandum of Understanding.
11-25 days per year depending on years of service, 13 paid holidays per year, and 12 days per year earned for sick hours. For the most current salary and benefits, please read the General Unit Memorandum of Understanding.
The most recent active FEMA flood zone map will take effect on April 5, 2019. For these maps and previous maps, click here.
Copies of the maps are available here. All FEMA maps, map amendments, and associated documents are available in the FEMA Map Service Center, https://msc.fema.gov/portal.
Past experience is one of a number of factors used when determining flood potential. Another factor that will significantly change your flood risk over time is the amount of new development that has occurred in your watershed which will increase the speed and quantity of the storm runoff and greatly increase the extent of flooding. Inadequate levees can be very effective for smaller storm events but may fail dramatically in places when faced by a really major storm. The flood hazard areas were determined using analyses of records of riverflow, storm tides, and rainfall; information obtained through consultation with the community and topographic surveys. The Flood Insurance Study also assumes the free flow of floodwaters through bridge openings and culverts. During an actual flood event, these openings may become plugged and other areas not shown as floodprone may be flooded.
This Flood Insurance Study represents the best technical information on the current flood risk in your community.
Central/North Central/North Shoreview: Improvements must be made to the North Levees near Coyote Point, and the Coyote Point and Poplar Avenue Storm Water Pump Station must be rehabilitated to address the tidal and stormwater flooding problems in these neighborhoods.There have been some discussions with the North Shoreview and North Central residents currently in the high-risk zone AE, and the City began working with a consultant to send out surveys in 2017 to gauge the interest in forming an assessment district.
We are actively searching for alternate funding opportunities such as State and Federal grants to fund the remaining flood improvements.
In the case of the South Bayfront Levee Improvements, the project cost of $7.5M was spread over the 8,000 parcels that receive the direct benefit of protection from tidal flooding, resulting in a relatively low cost per owner.
The remaining flood improvement projects in other areas of the City are relatively more expensive when considering the number of property owners who would share the burden. This makes the formation of additional assessment districts unpractical and in some areas would cost more than flood insurance.
Contact a local insurance agent;
Call the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) toll-free number, 1-800-427-4661, to request the name of an insurance agent in your area who sells flood insurance
For additional information on flood insurance, please visit the NFIP website or call the Flood Insurance Information Hotline, toll free, at 1-800-427-4661.
As an alternative, FEMA established procedures by which an interested community may compile appropriate data and request a map revision. Map revisions are often completed in less than 90 days from the date all data are received.
The request must include the surveyed elevation of the lowest grade adjacent to the structure or the lowest enclosed level of the structure and certain other information, as described in the MT-1 forms package entitled "Amendments and Revisions to National Flood Insurance Program Maps." The instructions in the forms package will assist property owners in compiling the information required to support a LOMA or LOMR-F request.
If, based on its review of the required information, FEMA determines that a home should be removed from the floodplain, FEMA will issue a LOMA or LOMR-F. LOMAs and LOMR-Fs are effective on the date they are issued and have the effect of revising the effective NFIP map without physically revising and reissuing the affected map panel. FEMA usually responds to such requests within 30 days of the date all required information is received.
For more detailed information, contact the National Flood Insurance Program toll-free number 1-888-379-9531.
Corrects a mapping or study analysis error;
Is based on the effects of natural changes within a SFHA;
Is based on the effects of a federally sponsored flood-control project where 50 percent or more of the project's costs are federally funded;
Is based on a detailed hydrologic or hydraulic study conducted by a Federal, State, or local agency to replace an approximate study conducted by FEMA and shown on the flood map; or
Is based on flood hazard information meant to improve upon that shown on the flood map or within the flood study, and does not partially or wholly incorporate manmade modifications within the SFHA.
The National Flood Insurance Program's website is www.floodsmart.gov, and many flood control and flood insurance resources are available there. FloodSmart.gov can help with residential & commercial coverage questions, understanding flood risks, policyholder resources, and contact information for more detailed information than what is covered in these frequently asked questions.
The Notice of Assessment and lien on the property is the official declaration of the assessment to show property owners that they will receive their assessment levy each year on their property tax rolls. Although property owners in the South Bayfront Assessment district have been paying their assessments since 2009-10, the South Bayfront Assessment District and the North Shoreview Assessment District were properly recorded as of February 2020.
Property owner(s) will likely need to hire and consult with a certified California surveyor to prepare a base flood elevation certificate. A certified California surveyor can assist with questions specific your property’s flood elevation.
If there has been substantial improvements on the property in the recent past, a base flood elevation certificate may be found in the property’s building records with the Building Department.
Visit the MyStreet online tool to find your sweeping day. You can view your street sweeping schedule by entering your address. You can also call (650) 522-7300.
For emergency sewer problems during normal business hours, please call Public Works at (650) 522-7300.
For emergency sewer problems during non-business hours, please call Police Dispatch at (650) 522-7700 .
To report a non-functioning parking meter, please call (650) 522-7283, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; After hours, please leave a voicemail message.
Our Harbor Patrol Officers are responsible for boating access and safety on the Lagoon. The waterway offers sailing, rowing, swimming, power boating, and water-skiing opportunities. Harbor Patrol makes sure that whatever the activity, our Lagoon is safe for everyone. Find more information on the City’s Parks and Recreation webpage.
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District uses an integrated pest management strategy to safeguard the health and comfort of the residents of San Mateo County. Its service area includes the entirety of San Mateo County.
We take great pride in providing our citizens with the best possible experience while enjoying the Lagoon and all it has to offer. Our parks and beaches are maintained daily to remove trash and goose poop, to clean bathroom facilities, and to maintain landscaping. Water samples are collected weekly to monitor water quality for bacteria (e.g., E. coli, total coliform, and enterococci).
Staff periodically open the inlet gates on the north end at O’Neil Slough, and turn the outlet pumps on at the south end to decrease water residency time and improve water quality. We respond to all reports of illicit discharges to our stormwater collection system to prevent pollutants from ever reaching the Lagoon. We also work with a private contractor to abate aquatic weeds through mechanical harvesting, and herbicide applications. This has become increasingly difficult with shallowing, warmer water, and increasingly limited control chemical options. Additional details are discussed below on how we intend to ensure water quality standards are achieved well into the future.
Just by reading this and continuing to check back to stay informed, you are well on your way to doing your part in improving the water quality of the Lagoon. You can find additional resources at Flows to Bay – Clean Water. Healthy Community. It's a team effort!
Here’s some other tips for easy ways you can directly improve local water quality:
The Lagoon water level is regulated on a seasonal basis to optimize flood control, recreation, aesthetics, and ecological benefits. During the winter months the water level is lowered to provide a receiving basin for stormwater runoff as protection from lowland flooding. The summer water level provides optimal conditions for swimming, boating, and other recreational uses. The water level is controlled using the O’Neil Slough intake gates on the Lagoon’s south end and the Pump Station on the north end. The Pump Station’s pumping capacity and the lowering of the water level during the winter months provides the capacity to accommodate a 100-year storm event.
A private sewer lateral is the pipe that carries sanitary sewage from a private building to the City mainline. Property owners are responsible for maintaining their private sewer lateral (SMMC 7.38.432). In the City of San Mateo, private sewer laterals are defined as extending from the property structure all the way to, and including, its connection with the public sewer main. This is true whether the private sewer lateral is under a public right-of-way (street) or on private property in an easement.
The Private Sewer Lateral Cost Sharing Program is a cost share grant program created to assist and encourage property owners to properly maintain their lateral and ultimately reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration (I&I) into the City’s sewer system.
Anyone who owns property within the City of San Mateo city limits is eligible, regardless of income or property type.
The City will provide financial assistance in the form of a grant reimbursement for the full lateral replacement costs reimbursement will be 50% of the lowest quote/invoice, up to a maximum of $5,000.
Spot repairs, partial replacements, root work costs are not covered in this program.
The City will respond to inquiries on Monday and Friday of each week. Email is the preferred method. When contacting the City regarding this program please provide contact information, address of property, and question.
Yes, grant recipients will receive a 1099G form from the City to report this amount on their personal income tax.
The City cannot provide recommendations for service providers.
Any change in the original estimated scope of work/cost must be approved by the City. Changes must be submitted to the City for approval prior to proceeding with work. If you fail to do so you will NOT be eligible to receive reimbursement.
The City will email the applicant with parameters/language to add to quotes for the additional resurfacing work that will need to be completed by the property owner. Please refer to Municipal Code 17.32.020.
Yes. Construction is an essential infrastructure service according to San Mateo County and our contractors and staff are taking all of the required precautions to ensure workers are safe. All Public Works Department major infrastructure projects like The Clean Water Program and the 25th Grade Infrastructure Project continue. Also still active are paving projects, construction of our new fire station 25, maintenance work, and the building of our new wastewater treatment plant. The Caltrans freeway project, 101 Express Lanes, returns to work in our City starting Sunday, March 29.
Yes please. We place ’no parking’ signs 72-hour before construction begins in a work zone. Note the date construction starts on the ‘no parking’ sign and please be sure to move your car by that date. If moving your vehicle off the street during construction will prove difficult, please call us at (650) 522-7300 and we will work with you to find a solution.
When the shelter in place order came out, some residents received construction notices in the mail about paving projects in their neighborhoods, those projects have been delayed by rain but will begin soon. Watch for the ‘no parking’ signs to go up in those neighborhoods in the coming weeks.
At this time, street sweeping of the downtown and other commercial areas is occurring. However, other street sweeping efforts remain paused and parking enforcement on those scheduled routes is relaxed. Once residential street sweeping returns, we will notify residents and, if you are registered for email alerts, you will begin to get regular email alerts again. We have paused the email alerts at this time.
Bookmark the Public Works Department’s project list, to see current information about projects. Pavement projects of less than two weeks don’t typically have a webpage.
Projects like the 25th Grade Separation Project and The Clean Water Program have email update lists that you can join. Click on the links for each to sign up.
We will be continuing to notify residents of upcoming work in their neighborhoods via postcards, door hangers, Nextdoor.com and through the project email lists. These notices will include contact information for residents who have questions or concerns.
Small cells are small radio antenna equipment installed on streetlights, rooftops, and other locations as a primary way to deliver 5G (Fifth Generation) mobile technology. Other equipment, such as an electric meter, may also be placed on the pole or a on a nearby pedestal. They are always connected to a fiber network.
Small cell facilities will help wireless service providers in meeting the continuously increasing demand for wireless services. The increased use of smart phones, tablets, health monitors and other wireless devices in every-day life relies on a robust wireless network to maintain fast, reliable speeds. A small cell network will add capacity and improve in-building coverage in San Mateo neighborhoods. Also, small cell networks will improve voice quality, reliability and data speeds for San Mateo residents, businesses, first responders and visitors using the wireless networks.
Public Right-of-Way (ROW) refers to City owned streets or easement. The public ROW general consists of the roadway, sidewalks and a strip of land behind the sidewalk (which varies by neighborhood).
No. Under FCC Regulations (47 U.S.C § 332(c)(7)(B)), the City shall not prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting wireless communication facilities. In other words, the City may not establish rules, regulations, or processes that would prevent providers from installing their facilities anywhere within the City.
The RF emissions and limits are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).The FCC provides information about the safety of RF emissions from wireless telecommunications facilities on its website.
The City cannot establish our own RF emission limits per the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C § 332(c)(7)(B)(iv)), “No state or local government or instrumentality thereof may regulate the placement, construction, and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of environmental effects of radio frequency emissions to the extent that such facilities comply with the Commission’s regulations concerning such emission.”
For more information, please refer to the FCC's Safety FAQ and the Cancer.org Safety Information page. Additional details can be found at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Cancer Institute, and the World Health Organization.
Questions regarding potential RF hazards from FCC-regulated transmitters can be directed to the Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau:
455 12th Street SWWashington DC, 20554Phone: 1-888-225-5322 (1-888-CALL-FCC)Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. The Department of Public Works processes and issues both Wireless Communications (WC) permits and Encroachment (EP) Permits for the installation of wireless facilities in the public right-of-way. A wireless service provider must obtain both a WC permit and an EP permit prior to installation. The WC permit approves Small Cell the location and appearance based on our Design Standards and Municipal Code. The EP permit approves the construction activities based on our traffic control and construction standards.
Yes. The Department of Public Works reviews each Wireless Communications Permit application for small cell facilities to consider if the proposed design and location sufficiently meets our Design and Engineering Standards.
Only residents or property owners within 500-ft of an approved wireless permit may file an appeal within the 5-day appeal window. All decision notices posted on the City's notice page and the Small Cell newsletter email include the appeal process guide.
Please refer to the City’s “Wireless Communications Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way” Municipal Code Section 17.10.070(g) for more detail of the appeal process.
Small Cell facilities are subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process. However, installation of small cell facilities on utility poles, streetlight poles, or freestanding poles are categorically exempt from the CEQA review process pursuant to Sections 15301, 15302, and 15303 of the Guidelines for CEQA.
The City's permits are not required to follow the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process in their review.
Streetlight poles are owned and maintained by the City of San Mateo. Wireless service providers that obtain master license agreements with the City are allowed to attach their equipment to streetlight poles after obtaining the appropriate permits. In these cases, the City owns and maintains the streetlight pole while the wireless service provider owns and maintains the small cell equipment.
The majority of wooden poles are operated by the Northern California Joint Pole Association (NCJPA). Utility poles may have several owners on a joint pole, including electric, telephone, and cable providers. The City does not regulate who can or cannot attach to these poles.
All wiring serving the small cell antennas and electric meters are owned and maintained by the wireless service provider.
Due to General Order Number 95 clearance requirements and limitations on the volume of equipment that can be installed on a pole it is unlikely for multiple wireless services providers to install separate Small Cell facilities on the same pole.
Generally, the installation of the antennas and equipment on the pole and painting (if needed to match equipment to the pole) can be accomplished in a few days. Additional work may be required at ground level to connect power and fiber-optic cables (for network connection) to the pole-mounted equipment and antennas.
If a neighborhood does not already have a fiber network, then a separate permit is required for a new fiber network, and construction typically happens separately from the Small Cell installation.
Yes. Wireless carriers have proposed and deployed similar networks in cities throughout the Bay Area. Small Cell facilities have been installed in most San Mateo County agencies.
For information regarding moratoriums of small cell installations, please review the City Attorney’s memorandum to Public Works dated April 6, 2018 as presented to the Public Works Commission on April 11, 2018.
Local agencies cannot prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting small cells, per the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C § 332(c)(7)(B)(i)(II)). It is illegal for the City to prohibit small cell deployment in residential areas or any other zones as it would violate this federal code. The City must allow wireless service providers to use public right-of-way. The City design standard has indicated residential zones, schools and parks are least preferred, but they are not outright prohibited.
We are not aware of any cities with an outright prohibition on installations in residential zones. In fact, to do so would violate the federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. If a small cell is proposed in a residential area, wireless service providers are required to demonstrate that no other more-preferred zoning classes are technically feasible.
No. The City only receives cost-recovery fees from small cell companies and no other financial incentives. By order of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the City is allowed to charge fees to cover costs for review and issuance of a telecom permit as well as charge a $270 annual fee per City-owned streetlight pole for annual inspection services.
"Slow for Students" is an initiative by the City of San Mateo to reduce school zone speed limits throughout the City. As approved by the San Mateo City Council, qualified streets surrounding schools are being reduced to 15 and 25 miles per hour to create a safer environment for students and caregivers walking and biking to and from school.
Help show your support and help educate your neighborhood by posting a FREE Slow for Students yard sign in your yard or business. Slow for Students is the City's initiative to reduce school zone speed limits. Simply pick up a yard sign at any of the following City facilities:
The City's goal was to reduce speed limits at as many local schools as possible. State law allows speed limits to be reduced to 15 mph if they meet all of the following criteria:
Streets may be reduced to 25 mph speed limit if they within 500-1,000 feet from the school.
All streets neighboring local schools were considered and evaluated; those that did not meet the above requirements are were not candidates for lower speed limits.
Please contact our Public Works Department at (650) 522-7300 or email@example.com to share your suggestion.
You may also wish to review the criteria for streets that qualified for reduced speed limits.
The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is currently in the design phase for new speed limit signage at San Mateo high schools. It is expected that construction will occur during the 2023-24 school year around San Mateo high schools.
The City of San Mateo Public Works Department is currently in the design phase for new signage at San Mateo's local private schools. It is expected that construction will occur during the 2023-24 school year for signs around local private schools.
As indicated in SMMC 27.71.040#(a) and SMMC 23.40.020#(m), Existing trees/Major Vegetation means live vegetation, consisting of tree growth with a trunk diameter of 6 inches or greater measured at 54 inches above natural grade.Existing Trees/Major Vegetation are required to be protected or replaced if removed for projects different from single-family requiring a planning application approval. See SMMC 27.71.150 Preservation of Existing Trees for more information.
No. Depending on the scope of the project, other requirements may apply. Single-family projects (Planning applications or Building permits) are usually subject to Chapter 13.40 only. However, multifamily, commercial, and/or large development projects are generally subject to Chapter 27.71 Landscape For Planning Applications, and/or Chapter 23.40 Site Development Code when applying for a planning application.
Trees provide important environmental benefits (e.g. trees improve air quality, conserve energy, reduce storm runoff, sequester carbon, etc.). When mature and established trees are removed, many of those benefits are lost. In the City, Protected Trees must be maintained and preserved in a state of good health, structure, and form (SMMC 13.40.070). Furthermore, during construction, Protected Trees are required to be protected with fences and other barriers to prevent tree damage that may result in tree loss, property damage, or even personal injuries.
No. City staff can only provide over-the-counter code consultation regarding development projects concerning trees. All Protected trees should be inspected and assessed by a private Certified Arborist at the project expense. The City Arborist will only review the proposed tree protection plans and approve the plan if consistent with the code requirements.
Is a professional who has demonstrated basic knowledge to inspect trees and perform tree care, obtaining a voluntary certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). Certified arborists provide consulting services in several areas of the Tree care industry. For assistance in locating a Certified Arborist, use the ISA Find an Arborist tool and the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) website.
For Protected trees, protection measures are required when construction activities are proposed within 10 times their trunk size (Tree Protection Zone). Construction activities as indicated in SMMC 13.40.030#(g) include all related activities which may or may not be shown on site plans, this includes storing or staging of materials, site access, parking, placement of temporary structures, debris disposal, additional excavation, landscaping, etc.For trees not considered protected, protection measures are recommended and highly encouraged. When trees are retained on a construction site without necessary protection, the likelihood of their long-term survival is often very low.
Penalties for damaging any protected tree incurred during construction may include:
Measure the trunk diameter at 54” above grade and multiply it by 10. For trees with more than one stem (arising at or below 54 inches) the trunk size shall be measured at the smallest diameter point below the main union of all stems unless the union occurs below grade, in which case each stem shall be measured as a stand-alone tree. For oak trees, if one stem is ten inches or more in diameter, the tree will constitute one Heritage Tree. For all other species, if one stem is fifteen inches or more in diameter, the tree will constitute one Heritage Tree. Use the Tree Diameter Measurement Guide to measure the trunk diameter of any tree.
An Arborist Report will be required when construction activities are proposed within 10 times the trunk size of any Protected Tree, including trees on neighboring properties or the right of way. The arborist report shall contain specific recommendations for protection during all phases of the project, in other words, a Tree Protection Plan (TPP). If the Project is proposing the removal of any Protected Trees instead, the Arborist Report must include all information that demonstrates that such tree (s) cannot be accommodated and saved during the project and the removal is the only option. The Arborist report shall explicitly recommend the removal of Protected trees referencing at least one of the findings/criteria outlined in the SMMC 13.40.100.
No, but they come together. An arborist report is a more comprehensive document that includes a survey and assessment of trees to be affected by construction. On the other hand, a TPP is a specific section within the Arborist report that contains recommendations for tree protection during the project.An Arborist report may not contain a tree protection plan, but the tree protection plan always comes with the Arborist Report.
The Arborist Report should be submitted in a "Booklet" style when the assignment is somewhat complex and requires substantial detail (as recommended in the Consultant’s Guide to Writing Effective Reports by ASCA 2004). Like a book, booklet reports have a title page, table of contents, introduction, main text, glossary, bibliography, and supporting materials. Standard components of a booklet report include: A separate cover letter
Yes, you must obtain a permit before removing Protected Trees. For removals related to any construction activity, a removal application must be submitted with the building permit application and will be reviewed along with project plans for consistency.
If applying for a tree removal permit that is related to development, submit the Tree Work Application for revision to the CSS Portal with the related building permit or planning application plans. The CDD Managing Arborist will review the plans and removal request together. For any other removal application contact the Parks and Recreation Tree Division and submit the Tree Work Application as indicated. Tree Work Applications for permits can be obtained online at http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/trees, or at the Parks Office located at 2001 Pacific Blvd., San Mateo.