Impact on City Services

Questions about COVID-19 or the County Health Officer’s Shelter in Place Order should be directed to the County’s 2-1-1 Call Center.

For questions about City Services, please call the City’s main line at (650) 522-7000.

Staff in non-essential functions will be working remotely to the extent possible and checking email, but please expect some delay in responses. The public should be prepared for further changes, included extended closures of services and businesses, as more information becomes available from public health officials and as directed by state and federal leadership.

Public Meetings

  • All public meetings will be held as scheduled to handle essential business. To support the order to shelter in place and enforce social distancing, formal public meetings, including Council and Commission meetings, are being held remotely and are closed to in-person public attendance.
  • View live meetings, recorded meetings, and provide comment online: Visit the Public Meeting Portal to view live meetings, watch recorded meetings, and learn how to provide comment on agenda items.

City Hall Services

Community Development Department (CDD) Services

Planning, Building, Code Enforcement and Housing Services staff are available for telephone and email inquiries - contact information for each division is listed on this page.

Online Permit Center NEW

  • City of San Mateo’s Community Development Department proudly announces a new self-service online permit center! We now accept, review, receive payments, and issue planning entitlements and building permits securely online.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols During Shelter-in-Place Order

Building Permits - Available Online

  • All construction activities are permitted.
  • Online building permit applications and building permit submittals and inquiries are available on our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal. ­

Virtual and In-Person Inspections

Virtual Code Consultations - By Appointment Only

  • Coordinated building permit code consultations for building, fire and zoning code will be scheduled remotely by appointment only Monday-Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm. Appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis in 20-minute increments.
  • Request a code consultation appointment by emailing

Planning Division

  • We are accepting new planning applications online at our Citizen Self-Service (CSS) Portal. Staff will continue processing pending planning and building permit applications.
  • Zoning code consultations will be scheduled remotely by appointment only Monday - Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm. All appointments will be made on a first come first serve basis in 20-minute increments.
  • Due to social distancing guidelines, no in-person activities or workshops are scheduled.

Code Enforcement: Code Enforcement staff will only be handling critical life/safety situations. Contact Code Enforcement at (650) 522-7150 or

Housing and Neighborhood Services: Contact Housing and Neighborhood Services staff at (650) 522-7220 or

Library Services

  • Libraries Closed: Public libraries are closed and services suspended. All programs, events and meeting room reservations have been cancelled.
  • Keep Your Library Items: Checked out library items should be kept by patrons and not returned during the closure. We will automatically extend checkout times for borrowed items and no one will be fined during this closure.
  • Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Parks & Recreation Services

  • Recreation Programs Suspended: All registered and drop-in recreation programs, special events and activities are suspended until further notice. Staff can be reached on a limited basis at (650) 522-7400 or
  • All Recreation Centers Closed: The Senior Center and community centers at Beresford, Martin Luther King Jr., Shoreview and Lakeshore are closed. Poplar Creek Golf Course and the Japanese Garden at Central Park are also closed. Private facility rentals have been cancelled.
  • Senior Lunches will be available for delivery only. Pre-registration is required for the lunch program and space is limited. Please call (650) 522-7490 to be put on the waitlist.
  • Senior Transportation Program Uninterrupted: The Senior Get Around Transportation Program provided through Serra Cabs will continue uninterrupted.
  • Mobile Rec and PAL Activities Suspended: The Mobile Rec Van and Police Activities League (PAL) activities are suspended.
  • Youth Sports Suspended: Youth sports leagues, including San Mateo Little League National, San Mateo Little League American, San Mateo Youth Softball Association and AYSO are suspended.
  • All Picnic Area and Field Reservations Cancelled: All outdoor picnic reservations and miscellaneous field reservations are cancelled.
  • Virtual Recreation: Check out our new Virtual Recreation page where our Parks & Rec staff have handpicked some of their favorite online games, crafts, fitness tips, educational activities and more.
  • Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Police Department Services

  • Increased Patrols: The Police Department will be increasing patrols and the number of officers on the street to help maintain order and public safety.
  • Police Department Closed to Public: The Police Department will be closed to public access. Walk-up needs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis via the vestibule phone at the front of the police department building.
  • Non-Emergency Call Number: The non-emergency phone number is (650) 522-7700.
  • Call 9-1-1 for All Emergencies: For emergencies, continue to call 9-1-1.
  • File Police Reports Online: We encourage the public to reduce non-critical calls to police, and remember you can file many police reports online.

Public Works Department Services

  • Public Works Department: The Public Works Department will continue to provide road construction, wastewater collection/treatment services, and limited public infrastructure maintenance. Staff will be available for general and project-specific questions over the phone (650) 522-7300 and via email
    • Street Cleaning Paused: Residential street cleaning services will pause temporarily. Downtown street cleaning will continue uninterrupted.
    • Pending Encroachment Permits: Pending Encroachment Permit applications will proceed in a limited capacity via email, however, no new permits or in-person applications will be processed until further notice
    • Maintenance Concerns Outside of Office Hours: For any maintenance concerns outside of office hours, residents should call (650) 522-7350.
  • Please read our Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Upcoming Events and Scheduled Programs

  • All Events Cancelled: We are cancelling all in-person public events.
  • Library & Recreation Programs: All in-person events have been cancelled, or have moved to remote online platforms. Visit our Library and Parks & Recreation web pages for information about programs that have transitioned to being offered remotely.


San Mateo County

San Mateo County Health:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:


Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.

The 2-1-1 service is available 24/7 in 180 languages.


San Mateo County Economic Development Agency and the County have opened a legal hotline and email for businesses with questions.

Phone: (650) 363-4588
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm