San Mateo County City Council

Find San Mateo County California city councils. City councils provide information about mayors, council members, city halls, voter registration, and voting locations.


Colma City Council 1200 El Camino Real Colma CA 94014 650-630-0914


San Bruno City Council 567 El Camino Real San Bruno CA 94066 650-616-7180

About San Mateo County City Councils

The San Mateo County City Council is the legislative body for a city government in San Mateo County, CA. The City Council governs and sets policy for city government. Cities derive their authority from California State, and the City Council is responsible for exercising that authority. Powers and duties of City Councils include adopting and operating capital budgets, setting San Mateo County tax rates, authorizing borrowing, adopting ordinances and resolutions, and approving contracts. City Councils in San Mateo County have substantial authority over regulating land use, business activity, and public health and safety, in addition to exercising eminent domain. The City Council also oversees city staff and operations in San Mateo County.

You may contact the City Council for questions about:
  • San Mateo County City Council meetings and minutes
  • San Mateo County City Council calendar and agenda
  • Representatives and elected officials
  • City Council membership and districts in San Mateo County
  • Council committees and legislative bodies
San Mateo County City Council Meetings

Most of the business conducted by City Councils in San Mateo County takes place at City Council meetings, which are usually held once or twice per month at the City or Town Hall. City Council meetings are open to the public. California statutes may require that notice of City Council meetings and the meeting agendas must be posted in advance, and that San Mateo County meeting minutes must be published and made available within a certain timeframe. Many cities televise City Council meetings and an increasing number live-stream their meetings on the internet.

Addressing San Mateo County City Council

Most City Councils provide some opportunity for the general public to address the Council during their meetings. For some City Council actions, California statutes may require that the public be permitted to provide comment during a public hearing. In addition to the work conducted by the full Council, City Councils in San Mateo County may utilize a committee structure to conduct preliminary review and consideration of business that comes before the Council.

City Council Membership & Elections

San Mateo County City Councils are elected bodies. Most City Councils are comprised of at-large members, while some are made up of members that represent districts or wards within San Mateo County, California. The vast majority of City Councils are non-partisan, though elections in some cities do note a candidate's party affiliation on the ballot. City Council size varies significantly, reaching as many as several dozen members in large cities. More commonly, City Councils range in size from five to 15 members. Most City Council positions are considered part-time and typically receive little or no compensation. For those that do receive compensation, pay tends to correspond to city size. City Council terms generally range between two and four years.