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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I get copies of birth, marriage or death certificates from the City Clerk?

A: No, the County-Clerk Recorder’s Office handles all vital statistics. Contact them at (805) 781-5080.

Q: Does the City Clerk issue Business Licenses?

A: No, but the City Finance Department does.  For more information regarding business licenses, access the Finance & Information Technology page on the City's website or call (805) 781-7134.

Q: How can I find out what matters are being considered by the City Council?

A: The City Clerk can provide this information to you in a number of ways: 1) you can view the agenda on this website; 2) the agenda is posted outside City Hall at 990 Palm Street; 3) notices of public hearings and the agenda are published in the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune; and 4) you can dial (805) 781-7107 to hear a recording of what matters will be before the City Council at their next meeting.

Q: How often does the City Council meet?

A: Regular meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The Council occasionally conducts special meetings and study sessions.

Q: When are elections held in the City?

A: Regular municipal elections are held every even numbered year in November.

Q: What are the legal qualifications a candidate for Mayor or City Council must possess?

A: State law and the City’s Charter provide that candidates must be registered voters and residents of the City of San Luis Obispo.

Q: Do the Mayor and Council Members receive monetary compensation?

A: Yes. The Mayor receives $1,200 monthly and each member of the Council receives $1,000 per month. In addition, expenses incurred for Council-approved business are reimbursed, including mileage and meals. (C.C. Article IV, ' 410)

Q: Does the City of San Luis Obispo have any adopted campaign regulations other than what is required by the State?

A: Yes, Chapter 2.40 of the City’s Municipal Code outlines certain regulations that local candidates and campaign committees must follow. See Elections for more.

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