Municipal law involves the laws and regulations relating to local public agencies, including cities, counties, community services districts, sanitation districts, road districts and other local government agencies. Municipal law includes the drafting, enforcing and interpretation of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, regulations, policies and procedures necessary for the day to day operations of a local public agency. These documents govern various local affairs, including but not limited to local taxes and fees, zoning, community development, water service delivery, sanitation services, police protection and the administrative needs of local departments.
Working with local public agency clients requires an understanding of complex federal, state and local laws and regulations. Representing local public agencies requires a thorough knowledge of the Ralph M. Brown Act, commonly referred to as the “Brown Act,” the Public Records Act, conflict of interest laws, land use laws such as California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), public contracting, and the laws governing public employees, to name a few.