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Sunnyvale Government

Elected Positions

The City of Sunnyvale is a Charter City with a Council-Manager form of government. City Voters elect six councilmembers by district and the Mayor at-large in November of even-numbered years.

The Mayor and Councilmembers serve a four-year term. The City has a term limit of three four-year terms in a sixteen-year period, of which no more than two terms can be as mayor and no more than two terms can be as a member of the Council. Council selects the vice mayor annually.

The City Clerk is responsible for administering the legislative duties of the City Council, keeping the legislative history of the City, administering City elections, serving as Filing Officer for campaign finance disclosure statements and statements of economic interests, and managing the City's Boards and Commissions program.

Election Information

Elections

Make a Public Records Request

You can request public records in four ways:

Fees

There is a 10-cent-per-page fee for copies of paper records, plus any required postage costs.

Contact Us

David Carnahan , City Clerk, 408-730-7483

Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates

Contact the Santa Clara County Office of the Clerk Recorder.

Council Meeting Schedules and Agendas

Subscribe to City Council Meeting Agendas

The City posts meeting schedules, agendas, related documents and videos of Council meetings on our Legistar system. You can use Legistar to:

  • Watch a Council meeting live online or watch a recording of a past meeting
  • Find upcoming meetings and agendas
  • Search for past meetings and agendas

Access the City's Legistar system

Get tips on how to use the Legistar system

How Do I Address the Council?

  • Fill out a speaker card at the back of Council Chambers and hand it to the City Clerk.
  • The Mayor will call speakers to the lectern at the appropriate time.
  • Speakers are limited to three minutes.
  • The public may address Council on issues not on the agenda during the Oral Communications section at the beginning of the meeting. Any necessary Council action may be placed on a future agenda for full public consideration. Be aware that the Brown Act (Open Meeting Law) does not allow the Council to take action on an item not listed on the agenda.

Guidelines for Making Public Comments and Presentations at Meetings

Special Accommodations for Council Meetings

Call the City Clerk's Office at 408-730-7483 prior to the meeting if you require a translator, are visually or hearing-impaired, or have any disability that requires special assistance. Assistive listening devices are also available for use during the meeting. Please call us 48 hours before the meeting with any special needs.

I am honored to serve the City of Sunnyvale and lead the dedicated men and women of the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. The department's fully integrated service delivery model of police, fire, and emergency medical services provide safety and services to our community all within one department. The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety is the largest fully integrated department in the country. Our Officers are highly trained in all three disciplines and can be called upon to provide these services at any given time. Community engagement is a cornerstone of our values and we fully embrace our diverse community through collaborative partnerships with all our stakeholders to provide a safe environment and enhance the quality of life in our city.

Your support and engagement is vital in continuing Sunnyvale's status as one of the safest cities in America. I encourage you to get involved with us. There are many ways to be engaged. You can join our team as a Public Safety Officer, be a volunteer with our Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), start a Neighborhood Watch program, learn about crime prevention tips from our Crime Prevention Unit, or volunteer in our Junior Giants program. We also welcome your input and feedback on how we can enhance our community engagement efforts.

We truly appreciate your support and strive to exceed expectations from the community by providing effective, innovative, and valuable services. Together, we can make our city a safe and vibrant place to live and work in. Thank you for your support and I look forward to our partnership.

Warm Regards,
Chief Phan S. Ngo

The Fire Prevention Program is dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property through inspections, code enforcement, operating and special use permitting and public education.

Fire Safety

For Homes and Businesses

Learn how to prevent fire and maintain safe conditions by taking the following actions:

For New Construction

Request a fire inspection

Submit a Complaint

Email Fire Prevention or call 408-730-7212 if you observe potential fire hazards such as:

  • Obstructed exits
  • Non-illuminated exit signs
  • Missing or inoperable smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Misuse of hazardous materials

Operational Fire Permits

You must obtain a temporary or annual Operational Fire Permit for activities or materials that present a fire or life-safety hazard. Permits are established by California Fire Code Section 105, as amended by the City of Sunnyvale in SMC 16.52.

Learn about Operational Fire Permits

Request Fire Inspection Records

The public is allowed reasonable access to all fire and hazardous materials inspection records except those deemed confidential, subject to the City of Sunnyvale policies and regulations.

To request records related to fire and hazardous materials inspections in Sunnyvale, complete and return the Fire Prevention and Hazardous Materials File Review Request Form .

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