Governing Laws of Milpitas, Santa Clara County, & California

This page is about the laws and legislation that Milpitas abides by, and those officials in charge of seeing that we do abide by them, and what to do if you feel there is a need to change a law.

City Hall Lake

About Milpitas

Elected Officials Representing Milpitas
Contact information, links to the various government sites and officials’ home pages. From city council, school board, county supervisor, state and federal representatives.

City of Milpitas

City of Milpitas
This is the City Government’s web site. The site is designed to distribute information from City Hall to the citizens of Milpitas.

Agenda of Next Council Meeting
City web site has these updated just before each council meeting. Watch on Channel 15 if you have Comcast TV, or via live stream.

City of Milpitas Government Telephone Directory
Telephone numbers for City of Milpitas services and information.

County of Santa Clara

County of Santa Clara
The County of Santa Clara, also referred to as “Silicon Valley,” is unique because of its combination of physical attractiveness and economic diversity.

Your Elected Officials
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, Assessor, and District Attorney. Milpitas is in District 3, represented by Supervisor Dave Cortese.

State of California

State of California
Use this site to:
Apply for food Stamps
Find a recycling location
Find fire information
Locate current road conditions
Look for advice for immigrants
Apply for a “Real ID” for those who fly often
Contact the California Cannabis Portal
Check the QuickMap for CalTrans traffic information

Department of Social Services (CDSS)
The mission of the California Department of Social Services is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence.


Business Licenses
Frequently asked questions answered on the City Business License Center.

Building Permits – Online Permitting System (E-Permits)
The new E-Permits will allow customers to apply for and obtain certain types of Residential building permits on-line without leaving their home or office. Examples of permits available online include the following: Water heater and furnace replacement, bathroom and kitchen remodels, re-roofs and others. This system is available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Tax Forms – California
From the California Franchise Tax Board site.

Tax Forms and Publications – IRS
Information on electronic filing, small business advice, and ordering CD-rom. Information about the Advance Payment Check.


The Brown Act
California Codes Government Code Section 54950-54962 54950. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

The Brown Act
From the CFAC: California First Amendment Coalition:

The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.

Flag Display
Due to controversy over the display of the flag of China, I thought it worth my while to create this page for our citizens and officials. This is from the Cornell University’s Law Resources site on how and when to display the American Flag and other flags.

Laws of California
“Hey! They can’t do that, can they?” Need to see if it’s legal in California? Welcome to the California Law section of FindLaw’s State Law collection. This section contains user-friendly summaries of California laws as well as citations or links to relevant sections of California’s statutes. Please select a topic from the list on this link to get started.

Milpitas Municipal Code
The Code is organized by subject matter under an expandable three-factor decimal numbering system which is designed to facilitate supplementation without disturbing the numbering of existing provisions. Each section number designates, in sequence, the numbers of the title, chapter, section and subsection. Thus, Section III-1-6.02 is Subsection .02 of Section 6, located in Chapter 1 of Title III. It is kept fairly current.

Legislation Watch

Official California Legislative Information
This site has been updated to include legislative publications starting with the 2017 session and forward.

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