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San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)


San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

Reviews proposals for the incorporation, annexation and dissolution of cities and districts.


This Commission convenes by authority of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000, Section 56000 Et Seq. of the Government Code. The seven commission members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the mayors of cities, chair of special district boards and the commission itself to represent the county, cities, special districts and the general public. The commission reviews proposals for the incorporation of cities, annexation to cities, detachment from cities, formation of districts, dissolution of districts, annexation to and detachment from districts. Initiates and makes studies of existing governmental agencies determining the maximum service area and service capabilities. Public meetings are held every third Wednesday of every odd-numbered month at the Redwood City Hall of Justice, Board of Supervisors' Chamber, 2:30 pm.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 2 blocks.
455 County Center, Second Floor, Redwood City, CA 94063-1646 37.5636454 -122.2802261 Government

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Accessibility Options:

  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Restroom
  • Elevator
  • Ramp
  • Wheelchair



Fees vary according to type of proposal. Cash and checks accepted.



How to Apply:

Apply by petition or resolution of public agency.

Service Wait Estimate:

5 weeks - 3 months for public hearings. Appointment encouraged.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County