City Clerk

The Clerk’s Office performs a variety of legal and administrative duties/responsibilities. The City Clerk is responsible for the preparation of the City Council meeting agendas, minutes, legal publications and for processing resolutions and ordinances. The City Clerk acts as the official custodian of records for the City and is responsible for the City’s Records Management Program. The City Clerk is responsible for election activities and assists in the recruitment of members for various boards, commissions, and committees. The City Clerk acts as filing officer for the City Conflict of Interest Code and Fair Political Practices Commission Statements of Economic Interest, as well as election campaign reports for City Council and Council candidates. The City Clerk acts as service agent for the City regarding claims, subpoenas and summons; and provides access to public records and information.

City Council Agendas/Staff Reports/Minutes

Regular meetings of the City of Carpinteria City Council are held the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in the City’s Council Chambers, located at 5775 Carpinteria Avenue. Meetings are broadcast live on local GATV Channel 21 and rebroadcast on the following Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. and Saturday at 5:00 P.M.

City Boards/Commissions/Committees

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are kept on file to assist in filing an unscheduled vacancy or for the Bi-Annual Recruitment. All terms are 2 year terms and begin January 31 (odd year) and end January 30 (even year). Appointments are made by the City Mayor at a public meeting. The following is a list of Boards/Commissions/Committees.


Please print, complete, and return your application to the City Clerk’s Office, 5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or e-mail to

The Local Appointments List shows current appointees and their terms of appointment.

Municipal Code

The Municipal Code is a codification of all the applicable ordinances of the City of Carpinteria. The Muni Code is updated electronically in January of each year; therefore the Municipal Code in the link below may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the City. Please contact the City Clerk at (805) 755-4403, to verify.

District Elections

On April 11, 2022 the City Council adopted Ordinance Nos. 752 and 753 , adopting a Council district map and establishing the sequence of elections for Councilmember districts, respectively.  The City’s first district election will occur on November 8, 2022.

General Election Information

General Municipal Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even years. Special Municipal Elections may be scheduled as a result of City Council action. General Municipal Elections are for the election of Councilmembers and for other purposes the City Council may prescribe. Councilmembers serve four-year terms of office. The terms are staggered so that two terms expire in 2024 and three terms expire in 2026.  This year, only residents in Council District Numbers 2 and 4 will be able to vote for Council candidates in their respective Districts.  Residents in Council District Numbers 1, 3, and 5 will elect Councilmembers in their respective Districts in November 2026.

Final Council District Map (Ability to Zoom In/Out and See Street Names and Addresses)

November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election

Offices to be Elected

Two full-term City Council seats representing Council District Numbers 2 and 4 will be up for election as part of the November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election. The terms for these seats will end in December 2028.  In addition, a two-year term City Council seat representing Council District No. 3  will be up for election as part of the November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election due to the resignation of Councilmember Roy Lee effective upon the swearing-in of his replacement on December 9, 2024.  The term for the Council District No. 3 seat will end in December 2026.

Election Fact Sheet for November 5, 2024 General Municipal Election

Eligibility Requirements to Run for Elective Office

In order to be eligible to hold an elective office to the Carpinteria City Council, an individual must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Registered to vote within the City limits and applicable Council District at the time nomination papers are issued

How to Run for Office

Every election starts with a “Nominating period.” This is the only period of time during which candidates can obtain and return the “nomination papers,” which are the forms necessary to run for office.

The nomination period begins 8 A.M. on July 15, 2024, and ends (deadline to file papers) 5 P.M. on August 9, 2024.  This year due to the transition to district elections, there are no incumbents filing and the deadline is extended to August 14, 2024 at 5 P.M.

The City Clerk will meet with each candidate individually to review information in the candidate nomination packet and to issue nomination papers. This orientation meeting typically takes one hour and is conducted by appointment.

To qualify, candidates must obtain no fewer than 20 signatures and no more than 30 signatures from voters registered in the City of Carpinteria and applicable Council District.

There is a $25 candidate filing fee payable at the time of submission of nomination papers to the City Clerk and there is a charge to have a candidate statement printed in the sample ballot. Payment is due at the time the nomination paper is filed. A candidate statement is optional.

For information on how to run a Candidate Campaign and what to do before, during and after an election, please refer to the Fair Political Practices Commission’s Candidate ToolKit for guidance and general overview of the rules for campaigns.

Please contact City Clerk Brian Barrett by phone at (805) 755-4403 or by email at to schedule your candidate orientation appointment..

Election Resolutions

Election Notices

Other Election Informational Resources

For additional information regarding elections or candidate campaign disclosure statements, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (805) 755-4403.