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City Clerk FAQs

How do I register for Domestic Partnership?

The City of Petaluma’s Domestic Partnership Registry allows unmarried couples to formally declare and record their self-described status as domestic partners and to obtain written certification. Review the Domestic Partnership page and registration forms below. 

Domestic Partnership Form 

Domestic Partnership Termination Form

How do I submit a Public Records request?

To request City Public Records, please complete the Request for Public Records Form online. Or download and print the paper form, then complete and return to the City Clerk in person or by postal mail (11 English Street, Petaluma, CA 94952) or by email to cityclerk@cityofpetaluma.org. Turnaround times and copying charges are listed on the form.

How do I access City records and documents?

You can search, browse, and read documents in the City’s archives using the City’s online records management system.

How do I serve on a City Board, Commission, or Committee

Appointments to the City’s 15 citizen boards, commissions, and committees are made annually in June. The recruitment process begins in mid-May. Read the info sheet about serving on City Boards, Commissions, and Committees to learn more. You can also download the Board, Commission & Committee Application, as well as supplemental questions for the Planning Commission.

What does the City Clerk do?

 

 

The City Clerk is in charge of putting on elections, managing City records, and coordinating all aspects of City Council meetings (including agendas, public comment, and technical support). Many of the Clerk’s duties are prescribed by Federal, State, and local laws., either in general terms (e.g., the Clerk must have a system for managing records) or specific terms (e.g., the Clerk must respond to a public records request in a certain way and in a certain number of days).  To learn more about City Clerks and their important role in government, go to the City Clerks Association of California website at https://www.californiacityclerks.org/what-is-a-city-clerk.

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