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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHEN DID PINOLE BECOME A CITY?

Pinole was incorporated as a town in the year 1903.


WHEN DID PINOLE BECOME A GENERAL LAW CITY?

The City of Pinole became a General Law city of the State of California in 1903.


WHEN DOES THE CITY COUNCIL MEET?When does the City Council meet? 

The City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or immediately following the Redevelopment Agency Board Meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m., at the Pinole City Hall, 2131 Pear Street. Here is more infomation on the City's Public Meetings.


WHAT TYPE OF GOVERNMENT DOES PINOLE HAVE?

The City of Pinole is directed by a Council-Manager plan of government. Here is more information on the City's Political Representation. View the Organizational Chart of the City of Pinole and learn where YOU fit into city government.

 


WHICH BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, OR COMMITTEES HAVE VACANCIES?

The current vacancies are listed at Boards and Commission Members.


WHERE DO I OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE?

Contra Costa County Clerk Division
555 Escobar Street, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-7900


WHERE DO I OBTAIN A BIRTH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE?

Contra Costa County Recorders Office
555 Escobar Street, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-7900


WHO DO I CALL FOR JURY DUTY INFORMATION?

Please refer to the telephone directory government pages - County Government Offices in Martinez


WHAT IS THE NUMBER FOR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN PINOLE?

Pinole Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1, Pinole 
Phone: (510) 724-4484


WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON THE COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM?

Here is information on the City's Commercial Reahabilitation Program.


WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ON THE COMMUNITY GROUP FUNDING PROGRAM?

Here is information on the City's Community Group Funding Program.

 

WHAT IS A RESOLUTION, AN ORDINANCE, AND THE MUNICIPAL CODE AND WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ABOUT THEM?

RESOLUTIONS: A resolution constitutes a written action or decision. However, it usually does not demand the legal processing required of an ordinance. A resolution is generally introduced and adopted at the same meeting.

To review city resolutions or obtain copies, please contact the City Clerk's Office by emailing the City Clerk, Patricia Athenour or call (510) 724-8928.

ORDINANCES: Ordinances are the laws of a municipality. City Councils are given the power to pass ordinances by Government Code Section 37100 as long as those ordinances are not in conflict with the laws and the Constitution of the State of California or the United States.

An ordinance is the most binding form of action taken by the City Council, the violation of which may be a misdemeanor, unless by ordinance, it is made an infraction. It is an act or law of a local governmental agency, duly enacted by the proper authorities and expressed in written ordaining form

Approval of an ordinance requires a first and second reading, with at least five days between same, except in the case of urgency ordinances. With few exceptions, ordinances take effect 30 days after final passage. Urgency ordinances are use in emergency cases. They may be passed immediately upon introduction at either a regular or special meeting and can be effective immediately.

To review city ordinances or obtain copies, please contact the City Clerk's Office by emailing the City Clerk, Patricia Athenour or call (510) 724-8928.


PINOLE MUNICIPAL CODE: The Pinole Municipal Code is a compilation of the applicable ordinances (rules, regulations or standards) of the City of Pinole. The Municipal Code is the primary code of the City of Pinole, whole any other codes adopted by reference are considered secondary codes (i.e., building, fire safety, electrical codes, etc.) Adopting by reference means adopting a code previously written and adopted by another agency such as the county or state.

Ordinances are codified into the municipal code following their second reading and adoption by the City Council on a yearly basis. The codification is done under the supervision of the City Clerk's Office.

The Pinole Municipal Code is available on the city's website, or one may review the Pinole Municipal Code at the City Clerk's Office located at 2131 Pear Street, Pinole or at the Pinole Library located at 2935 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole.

Copies of any sections of the Pinole Municipal Code are also available by emailing your request to City Clerk, Patricia Athenour or by calling (510) 724-8928.


HOW DO I APPLY FOR OR RENEW A BUSINESS LICENSE?

You can download a Business License Application.or call the Finance Department at (510) 724-9822. Additional Business Info & Resources are available in Working in Pinole.


WHAT ADDITIONAL TAXES ARE CHARGED?

Utility Users Tax: 8%
Transient Occupancy Tax: 10%
Property Transfer Tax: $1.10 per $1000 of which .55/$1000 to City and .55/$100 to Counter
Sewer Use Fees Fiscal Year 2002/03: $232.00


WHAT NUMBER DO I CALL FOR GENERAL INFORMATION?

Phone: (510) 724-9000

WHERE DO I REGISTER TO VOTE OR APPLY FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Contra Costa County Elections Department
524 Main Street, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 646-4166

 

WHAT DO I DO IF SOMEONE OFFERS TO PAINT MY HOUSE NUMBERS ON THE CURB?

Be wary of solicitors promising to paint house numbers on the curbs in front of their homes. The City of Pinole does not offer this service and currently there are no organizations registered legally with the City to provide the curb painting service.

If anyone comes to your door offering to paint your house number on the curb in front of your home, please get their:

Business Name
Business Address
Phone Number
Name of Contact Person

Remember that you are not obligated to pay for this service if you have told them not to paint the numbers or if you are unsatisfied.

Please call our Business License Division at (510) 724-9822 with this information.


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