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Attend meetings of the City Council and participate in the council’s deliberations, but not voteCharged with the formation of the council’s legislative agenda and working with the Mayor and Council Members to identify and address issues of community-wide concernGilroy’s Director of Emergency Services, coordinating the readiness of the city to respond to natural and man-made disastersOversee City departments: Police, Fire, Community Development, Community Services, Finance, and AdministrationOversee the city’s $120 million budget and development of the annual financial statement audit
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Please refer to Request for Public Records page.
Information on voter registration may be found through the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters' office. The phone number is (866) 430-VOTE (8683), or you may visit their website.Email: email@example.com
If you have changed your residence, or your name since you last registered, or you wish to change your party affiliation, you will need to re-register to vote.
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City Hall does not offer passport services. The US Post Services in Gilroy located at 100 4th St. provides US passport services. Their phone number is (408) 842-1354 .
The City of Gilroy City Clerk's Office does not handle any scheduled court dates for the Superior Court of California Santa Clara County. The court has multiple locations and numbers throughout the county. Please click here for a list of the court's telephone numbers. Please click here for a list of locations and contact information.
If there is a lien on your property due to a weed abatement, please contact Gilroy's Fire Prevention at (408) 846-0451. For all other matters, please contact the Santa Clara County Clerk-Recorder's Office for further assistance.
No. We do not provide notary to the public.
The property owner is responsible for repair of damaged sidewalks. The city’s engineering department manages a 50/50 reimbursement program. The city will reimburse the property owner for 50% of the cost of replacing sidewalks, subject to available funding. Contact the Engineering Department at 846-0223 to request information on the 50/50 program. At the time of the repair, you can have roots pruned and/or install root barriers to minimize future damage. If the tree meets the requirements for tree removal, you may request to remove the tree and plant a new tree.
The File of L.I.F.E. is Lifesaving Information For Emergencies. The File of L.I.F.E. kit is a small magnetic pouch that holds your vital medical information that can be placed on the outside of your refrigerator. This enables emergency medical personnel to quickly locate helpful information regarding your medical history in a time of crisis. It is very important that you keep this information up to date, accurate, and placed prominently on your your refrigerator.
The File of L.I.F.E is designed for people with special medical conditions such as, heart conditions, prior stroke, seizures, and respiratory conditions. This is also for people who may have a serious allergy to any medications or have any other life threatening allergies. In an emergency every minute counts. Allergies, medications and medical conditions can all have deadly consequences.
The form has three sections: Basic information, Medical History and List of Medications. Complete the form as much as you can, so in case of an emergency, the Fire Department can assist you better. The form also has more detailed instructions. Make sure you read and complete the form thoroughly.
The File of L.I.F.E. program enables emergency responders, such as firefighters, paramedics, etc. to respond quickly to an emergency situation by accessing your medical history. Emergency personnel will know to look for the File of L.I.F.E. on your refrigerator to help them access this life saving information in an emergency situation. If you are unconscious or unavailable to provide this important information to emergency personnel, the File of L.I.F.E. will give this information for you. The File of L.I.F.E. can save lives.
You can download the File of L.I.F.E. below or you can pick one up from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA.
File of L.I.F.E - English
File of L.I.F.E - Spanish
If you are unable to pick up a File of L.I.F.E. from your local fire station, you can send a family member or friend on your behalf to pick one up from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA. You can also download a File of L.I.F.E. by clicking on one of the below links:
File of L.I.F.E - English
File of L.I.F.E. - Spanish
If you have any other questions you can contact us at 408-846-0370.
Please do not include a sample of the medication you are taking in your File of L.I.F.E. On the form, please list the medications you are taking, as well as the dosage and how often you take your medicine. This is the kind of information that is helpful to emergency responders.
It is important to fill out your File of L.I.F.E. form in pencil, so that you can easily make changes about your medications, emergency contacts or your medical history. It is very important to keep this information current.
Use a pencil to erase the old information and rewrite the new information in its place. It is not necessary to contact the Fire Department every time you update your File of L.I.F.E. form. If you need another form you can download it below, or you can pick up another one from the Gilroy Fire Department Headquarters located at 7070 Chestnut Street, Gilroy, CA.
File of L.I.F.E. - English
The File of L.I.F.E. program is known internationally, however, it may not be available in every city. We have adapted this program specifically for the residents of the Gilroy community.
Since the File of L.I.F.E. has been made available through the Gilroy Fire Department, it was intended to target residents with serious health conditions in the Gilroy community only. Unfortunately, our resources for this program only allow us to provide this program to Gilroy residents. People that live outside the City of Gilroy are encouraged to contact their local Fire Department or local health care facilities to obtain more information about whether a program like this has been developed for their area.
If you have more than one person in your residence that qualifies for this program, just keep all of the forms in the same magnetic pouch /file on the refrigerator. It is not necessary to have a pouch/file for each person. Make sure to attach a recent picture to your form to distinguish each user.
It is important to include a recent photo with your File of L.I.F.E. form to distinguish between users. Even if you live alone, it is important to include a recent photo with your form just in case you happen to have guests stay in your home. By including a recent photo you can be sure that there is no confusion for emergency personnel.
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 911 operator. The Gilroy Fire Department responds with adequate resources when they are responding to a citizen in need of help. In other words, the firefighters are prepared to deal with the worst case scenario based on the information received. It is likely that in a time critical emergency situation, requesting more units after discovering that there¹s a need after we arrive, will be too late. We have learned from experience that it is much better to cancel fire engines after we determine that they¹re not needed than it is to call for more fire engines after finding that we need more.
A structure fire requires a significant number of firefighters to simultaneously to do all of the assigned tasks that are needed to maintain firefighter and citizen safety. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, salvage, safety, accountability and rapid intervention.
There are 2 reasons. First, vehicle accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials, downed power lines, and other potential hazards. Second, Gilroy firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. The Fire Department, due to its strategic station locations, is usually on scene well before the County ambulance. The fire crew will assess the situation, call for additional resources, rescue victims, and prepare them for ambulance transport before the ambulance arrives. Additionally, the county civilian ambulance service is not equipped or trained for the rescue and hazards work that firefighters provide.
A state-mandated policy document that identifies where and how cities will accommodate existing and projected future housing needs for people of all income groups.
According to State Law, a Housing Element must updated every eight years and:
Provide goals, policies, quantified objectives, and scheduled programs to preserve, improve, and develop housing;
Identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community;
Identify adequate sites zoned and available within the eight-year housing cycle to meet Larkspur’s fair share of regional housing needs at all income levels;
Be certified (approved) by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as complying with State Law; and
Be internally consistent with other parts of the General Plan.
The need for every city and county in California to plan for their ‘fair share’ of the projected housing need is based in Housing Element Law, enacted in 1969 (Government Code Section 65583). The concept behind the law is that, in order for the private development market to adequately address housing demand, local governments must adopt housing plans that provide opportunities for – and not unduly constrain – housing development.
Having a certified Housing Element ensures:
Eligibility for critical State and Federal funds;
Local land use control; and
Eligibility for State-administered funding for roads, sewer, parks, housing, and planning.
Without a certified Housing Element, the City is:
At risk of losing local land use control, including the City’s ability to issue building permits and keep its zoning authority;
Responsible for accommodating an increased number of housing units;
Ineligible for various State-administered funds for roads, sewer, parking, housing, and planning; and
More open to legal action and challenges of its General Plan.
This legal action could come from developers, housing advocates, and California’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
The supply of housing is critical to achieving a variety of community objectives, including economic development and preserving and producing an adequate supply of housing affordable to people at a variety of income levels. The housing element addresses the special housing needs of farmworkers, single-parent households, large multi-generational households, people with disabilities, and people who are experiencing homelessness.
Housing issues affect the entire community — residents, employers, and the public and private sectors. The inclusion of community stakeholders in the Housing Element update process helps ensure appropriate housing strategies are more efficiently and effectively evaluated, developed, and implemented. Successful public participation is important because a diverse cross section of the population can be engaged in defining the housing problem and in crafting solutions that work for everyone in the community. Broad participation and true engagement of the public increases the likelihood that the community members involved in the discussion and planning processes will support new housing strategies and housing developments.
Since 1969, the State of California has required that all local governments (cities, towns and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in our communities. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) determines the total housing need for each eight-year planning period. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) then determines how many new homes, and the affordability of those homes, each local government in the Bay Area must plan for in its Housing Element.
As illustrated in the following table, the City’s total RHNA during the current 2015-2023 planning cycle is 1,088 units. The City has exceeded the RHNA for the low-income and above-moderate (market rate) income categories. However, the remaining very-low income allocation is 89 units and the remaining moderate-income allocation is 131 units.
Regional Housing Needs Allocation Progress Report (2015 – 2021)
RHNA Unit Allocation
2015 – 2020
RHNA Units Remaining
(31 – 50% AMI)
(51 – 80% AMI)
(81 – 120% AMI)
(Above 120% AMI)
Remaining Units = 220
*The category “extremely low-income households” is a subset of “very low-income households,” and is defined as 30 percent or less (0 – 30%) of the area median income.
The 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2023-2031) will identify where and how the City will accommodate Gilroy's assigned RHNA for the next eight-year planning cycle:
RHNA Income Category
2023-2031 RHNA Unit Count
Very Low (31 – 50% AMI)
Low (51 – 80% AMI)
Moderate (81 – 120% AMI)
Above Moderate (Above 120% AMI)
Under current state law, cities are not required to build housing units. Housing construction is still driven by the private market. Instead, a city is required to ensure that sufficient land and appropriate zoning standards are available to accommodate all assigned units. To do so, cities must determine whether the current zoning standards can accommodate its RHNA assignment. If not, the city is required to designate new sites for this purpose – usually through amending the General Plan and Zoning designations.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) establishes income limits based upon the Area Median Income (AMI) for each county in each state. These limits are used in determining a family’s initial eligibility for "affordable housing" programs. In 2022, the Area Median Income (AMI) for a four-person household in Santa Clara County was $168,500, as defined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Based on the County AMI, the income limits for a family of four (4) within each income category are represented below:
Extremely Low Income: < $50,550
Very Low Income: $50,551 to $84,250
Low Income: $84,251 to $131,750
Moderate Income: $131,751 to $202,200
Above Moderate: Above $202,200
Human Resources Department 7351 Rosanna Street Gilroy, CA 95020
Hours Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Visit our Job Listing page to view open positions.
The city only accepts applications for positions that are posted and open for recruitment on NEOGOV at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofgilroy/. Resumes may be uploaded and attached to the online application. Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of an application.
All open positions with the City of Gilroy are posted at www.GovernmentJobs.com. From this website, you can obtain the required online application for each position. In addition, you can view information about each open position as well as a detailed job flyer. If you have any questions regarding accessing City of Gilroy jobs on this website, please call Human Resources at 408-846-0228.
Please refer to the City of Gilroy’s Typing Certificate Information Sheet (PDF).
Call the Human Resources department at 408-846-0228.
If your incident is an emergency, call 911. If non-emergency call 408-846-0350, or come to the Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Most trees located in the public right-of-way, as explained above, are city trees. If you have a question as to whether a tree is in the right-of-way, you can check the exact dimensions of the right-of-way with the Engineering Division at 408-846-0223 If the tree does not lie within the city right-of-way, the tree is not a street tree. Trees on private streets are not city trees.
Requests for pruning, spraying, inspection and similar services can be made by calling Public Works at 408-846-0424. The support staff will take information on your request and will generate a work request for the Urban Forestry crews. Staff will inspect the tree and report to you what, if any, work is required.
The city crew’s first priority is urgent problems such as cracked limbs, trees that are at risk of falling, and downed trees. Many routine tree maintenance services are contracted out The tree crew only handles routine service requests on a time available basis. If your request is for a service that is not urgent in nature, it may be put on a work order list to be included in a future contract. It is very costly and inefficient for the tree crew to provide routine tree services on a spot by spot basis. Whenever possible, tree services that are not urgent will be held and scheduled so that the crew or contractor can take care of all the trees in a given area at the same time.
Property owners are free to plant whatever tree they like on their own property outside the public right of way. If you would like the city to consider planting a street tree in front of your home, call Public Works at (408) 846-0424 to make a request. Requests will be considered based on current tree policies and available funding. Typically, the city contracts for tree planting and the planting is done in batches 2 or 3 times a year. Your location will be placed on a list to be included in the next tree planting contract. If you wish to plant a tree sooner than the city is able to, you may request a permit to plant a street tree. There are designated tree species for every street in the city, and the tree you plant must be the tree designated on the street tree master planting plan. Exceptions to the plan can only be grantedby the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Yes, however you must obtain a permit from the City and the tree and planting methods must adhere to the City’s standards for street trees. The City’s policy requires that the tree be planted by a licensed landscape contractor.
A copy of the street tree planting detail is available from Engineering Services at 408-846-0223.
Public Works at 846-0424. All street trees are on a regular pruning schedule. Routine pruning is planned so that the crew can prune all the trees in a given geographic area at the same time. This is the most efficient and cost effective way to prune. Current funding limits routine, non-emergency, tree pruning to no more frequently than once every 11 years. If you feel your tree needs routine pruning, you can contact Community Services and the tree will be pruned in accordance with the schedule along with other trees in your neighborhood.
If there is some type of hazard, such as a cracked limb, or downed or leaning tree, staff will respond and inspect the tree and prune or remove the tree as needed to correct the hazard. Non-urgent pruning outside of the scheduled maintenance is only done on a time available basis. If the property owner wishes to have a tree pruned sooner, they may request a permit from Community Services to prune the tree.
City trees are pruned according to internationally accepted pruning guidelines that are designed to promote the health and safety of each tree. This means that the city will never "top" a tree, or simply cut off the top part of the limbs. If you believe a street tree is causing a problem with street lights, power lines, or other structures, call Public Works at 408-846-0424 to report the problem.
The city contracts for stump grinding services once per year. Please call Public Works at 408-846-0424 to request that your stump be included in our next stump removal contract.
Call Public Works at 846-0424. Root pruning is done once a year in the fall. This is the best time to prune roots for the health of the tree. Staff will take the information on your tree, and it will be put on the list for root pruning during the next root pruning cycle. See the section on sidewalks for further information.
Call Public Works at 846-0424 to have the tree inspected, pruned or removed as necessary.
Depending on availability, once a year during the Earth Day celebration, typically in April, the city will have wood chips and compost available for public pick up. Contact our Public Works Department at 846-0424 to find out when the next Earth Day celebration will occur.
If you have a high water bill, it could be from a leak on your property.
Check for leaks:
Toilets: Open the back tank. Examine the overflow and adjust the ball float if needed. Place a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. Wait about 30 minutes without flushing. If the color appears in your toilet bowl, then you have a leak and need to replace the flapper valve or adjust the chain. Replacement parts are easy to pick up at your local hardware store. Turn off the water supply to your toilet while you are waiting for or conducting repairs.
Leaky faucets/showerheads/hose bibs: Check all of your faucets, shower or bathtubs, and hose bibs for drips. Even small drips add up.
Irrigation: Check your control valves and irrigation lines for breaks or leaks. If your system is on a timer, check that the timer is set correctly. Other common causes of leaks are water softeners (stuck valves), leaks at the water connections to sinks, and leaks in a swimming pool or pump.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District offers helpful water conservation guidance and tips. Visit their website at https://www.valleywater.org/saving-water/residential.
A service request form with an authorized signature is required to start or stop service, along with a copy of a photo I.D. Please use the following forms:
These forms are also available in the Finance Department at City Hall. The form can be faxed or submitted in person. The fax number is (408) 846-0421 and City Hall office hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Beyond the payment methods above, customers can also pay their utility bill through and electronic funds transfers. The form for electronic funds transfer can be found here: Electronic Funds Transfer