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Report Illegal Lodging

  1. About Illegal Lodging

    We appreciate you taking the time to report illegal lodging. San Mateo Police Department officers work to ensure a consistent, coordinated, and human response to people experiencing homelessness. This is the first step in outreach from police officers to connect the homeless to a variety of resources in our county.

    Illegal lodging is one symptom of the large, complex problem of homelessness in the Bay Area and nationwide. San Mateo Police Department is working together with a variety of county agencies and community partners on a shared, targeted response to address the multifaceted problem.

    Illegal Lodging Laws are enforceable on both public and private lands. Any illegal lodging on private property is the responsibility of the owner. The SMPD will not act as your agent, however, SMPD will act as the community liaison to advise on removal and enforcement options available to the owner or agent of private property.

  2. Enforceable Laws

    San Mateo City Code Section 10.04.030(h)
    Every person is guilty of disorderly conduct who lodges in any building, structure or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control thereof.

    California Penal Code Section 647(e)
    Any person who lodges in any building, structure, vehicle, or place, whether public or private, without the permission of the owner or person entitled to the possession or in control of it.

  3. Form

    Please complete all fields in the form below. A San Mateo Police Department Homeless Outreach Officer will contact you should there be any follow-up questions and to provide you with a disposition of the report.

    Please note, all illegal lodging on or around state highways must be reported to Caltrans.

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