California Cities by County and Type

Different force account laws apply to cities and counties according to their type.  This chart will help you identify which rules apply.  If you need help, please contact the appropriate Regional Compliance Manager (see the Territory Map).  We’re always glad to help. 

A charter city or county means the “charter” sets up the rules by which the city is run and defines the duties of the city council and the city management. It may or may not address public works and bidding laws.  Charters must be drafted and ratified by the voters.  Amendments to the charter also require voter unless the original charter allows for changes to be made by ordinance.

A general law city runs by State rules as outlined in the California Government Code.

A CUCCAA signatory city or county can be either charter or general law and become signatory to the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUCCAA short version).  By doing so, they get an immediate increase in their force account limit..  If that value of the project is under $45,000 the city can do it without bidding; between $45,000 and $175,000, they are required to use informal bidding; and above $175,000 formal bidding is required.  In exchange, the city has to abide by accounting rules that allow a fair comparison of the city’s cost to that of  the contractor.

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COUNTIES & CITIES CUCCAA CHARTER GENERAL LAW FORCE ACCOUNT
Alameda County Charter $6,500
Alameda CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Albany Charter $100,000
Berkeley Charter $200,000
Dublin CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Emeryville CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fremont CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hayward Charter $35,000
Livermore General Law $5,000
Newark General Law $5,000
Oakland Charter $50,000
Piedmont Charter $10,000
Pleasanton CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Leandro Charter $5,000
Union City General Law $5,000
Alpine County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Amador County General Law $10,000
Amador General Law $5,000
Ione CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Jackson General Law $5,000
Plymouth General Law $5,000
Sutter Creek General Law $5,000
Butte County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Biggs General Law $5,000
Chico Charter $25,000
Gridley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Oroville Charter $5,000
Paradise General Law
Calaveras County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Angels Camp CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Colusa County General Law $10,000
Colusa CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Williams CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Contra Costa County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Antioch CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Brentwood CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Clayton General Law $5,000
Concord CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Danville General Law $5,000
El Cerrito CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hercules CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lafayette CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Martinez CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Moraga CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Oakley General Law $5,000
Orinda CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Pinole CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Pittsburg CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Pleasant Hill CUCCAA General Law $5,000
Richmond Charter $25,000
San Pablo General Law $5,000
San Ramon Charter $500,000
Walnut Creek CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Del Norte County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Crescent City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
El Dorado County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Placerville General Law $5,000
North Lake Tahoe General Law $5,000
South Lake Tahoe CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fresno County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Clovis CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Coalinga General Law $5,000
Firebaugh General Law $5,000
Fowler General Law $5,000
Fresno Charter $133,000
Huron General Law $5,000
Kerman CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Kingsburg Charter $5,000
Mendota General Law $5,000
Orange Cove CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Parlier CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Reedley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Sanger CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Joaquin General Law $5,000
Selma General Law $5,000
Glenn County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Orland General Law $5,000
Willows General Law $5,000
Humboldt County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Arcata CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Blue Lake CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Eureka Charter $15,000
Ferndale General Law $5,000
Fortuna Charter None specified
Rio Dell CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Trinidad General Law $5,000
Imperial County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Brawley General Law $5,000
Calexico CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Calipatria General Law $5,000
El Centro CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Holtville General Law $5,000
Imperial General Law $5,000
Westmorland General Law $5,000
Inyo County General Law $4,000
Bishop General Law $5,000
Kern County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Arvin General Law $5,000
Bakersfield Charter $40,000
California City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Delano General Law $5,000
Maricopa General Law $5,000
McFarland General Law $5,000
Ridgecrest General Law $5,000
Shafter Charter $50,000
Taft General Law $5,000
Tehachapi General Law $5,000
Wasco General Law $5,000
Kings County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Avenal General Law $5,000
Corcoran CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hanford CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lemoore CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Lake County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Clearlake General Law $5,000
Lakeport CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lassen County General Law $10,000
Susanville CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Los Angeles County Charter $6,500
Agoura Hills General Law $5,000
Alhambra Charter $50,000
Arcadia Charter $30,000
Artesia CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Avalon General Law $5,000
Azusa CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Baldwin Park CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Bell Charter $5,000
Bellflower General Law $5,000
Bell Gardens General Law $5,000
Beverly Hills CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Bradbury CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Burbank Charter $100,000
Calabasas CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Carson General Law $5,000
Cerritos Charter $7,500
Claremont CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Commerce General Law $5,000
Compton Charter $25,000
Covina General Law $5,000
Cudahy General Law $5,000
Culver City Charter $30,000
Diamond Bar General Law $5,000
Downey Charter $15,000
Duarte General Law $5,000
El Monte CUCCAA General Law $45,000
El Segundo CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Gardena General Law $5,000
Glendale Charter $50,000
Glendora General Law $5,000
Hawaiian Gardens General Law $5,000
Hawthorne CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hermosa Beach General Law $5,000
Hidden Hills General Law $5,000
Huntington Park General Law $5,000
Industry CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Inglewood Charter $75,000
Irwindale CUCCAA Charter $45,000
La Canada Flintridge General Law $5,000
La Habra Heights General Law $5,000
Lakewood General Law $5,000
La Mirada CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lancaster CUCCAA Charter $45,000
La Puente General Law $5,000
La Verne CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lawndale CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lomita General Law $5,000
Long Beach Charter $100,000
Los Angeles Charter $100,000
Lynwood CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Malibu General Law $5,000
Manhattan Beach General Law $5,000
Maywood General Law $5,000
Monrovia General Law $5,000
Montebello General Law $5,000
Monterey Park CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Norwalk CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Palmdale Charter $125,000
Palos Verdes General Law $5,000
Paramount General Law $5,000
Pasadena General Law $5,000
Pico Rivera CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Pomona Charter $175,000
Rancho Palos Verdes CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Redondo Beach Charter $50,000
Rolling Hills General Law $5,000
Rolling Hills Estates General Law $5,000
Rosemead General Law $5,000
San Dimas General Law $5,000
San Fernando General Law $5,000
San Gabriel CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Marino CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Clarita CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Fe Springs CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Monica Charter $175,000
Sierra Madre General Law $5,000
Signal Hill Charter $5,000
South El Monte CUCCAA General Law $45,000
South Gate CUCCAA General Law $45,000
South Pasadena CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Temple City CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Torrance Charter $50,000
Vernon Charter None specified
Walnut CUCCAA General Law $45,000
West Covina CUCCAA General Law $45,000
West Hollywood CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Westlake Village CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Whittier Charter $10,000
Madera County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Chowchilla CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Madera General Law $5,000
Marin County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Belvedere CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Corte Madera CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fairfax CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Larkspur CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Mill Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Novato CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Ross CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Anselmo General Law $5,000
San Rafael Charter $30,000
Sausalito CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Tiburon CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Mariposa County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Mendocino County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fort Bragg CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Point Arena General Law $5,000
Ukiah CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Willits CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Merced County General Law $10,000
Atwater CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Dos Palos General Law $5,000
Gustine CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Livingston General Law $5,000
Los Banos CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Merced Charter $61,785
Modoc County General Law $45,000
Alturas General Law $5,000
Mono County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Mammoth Lakes General Law $5,000
Monterey County General Law $10,000
Carmel General Law $5,000
Del Rey Oaks General Law $5,000
Gonzales CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Greenfield CUCCAA General Law $45,000
King City Charter $5,000
Marina Charter $25,000
Monterey Charter $65,000
Pacific Grove Charter $35,000
Salinas Charter $50,000
Sand City Charter $5,000
Seaside CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Soledad General Law $5,000
Napa County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
American Canyon General Law $5,000
Calistoga CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Napa Charter $30,000
St Helena General Law $5,000
Yountville CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Nevada County General Law $10,000
Grass Valley Charter $4,000
Nevada City General Law $5,000
Truckee Charter $5,000
Orange County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Aliso Viejo General Law $5,000
Anaheim Charter $50,000
Brea CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Buena Park Charter $100,000
Costa Mesa CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Cypress Charter $100,000
Dana Point CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fountain Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fullerton CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Garden Grove CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Huntington Beach Charter $30,000
Irvine CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Laguna Beach General Law $5,000
Laguna Hills CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Laguna Niguel CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Laguna Woods General Law $5,000
Lahabra General Law $5,000
Lake Forest CUCCAA General Law $45,000
La Palma General Law $5,000
Los Alamitos Charter $10,000
Mission Viejo CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Newport Beach Charter $120,000
Orange CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Placentia Charter $25,000
Rancho Santa Margarita CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Clemente CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Juan Capistrano CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Ana Charter $25,000
Seal Beach Charter $32,267
Stanton CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Tustin CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Villa Park CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Westminster CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Yorba Linda CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Placer County Charter $10,000
Auburn CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Colfax General Law $5,000
Lincoln General Law $5,000
Loomis General Law $5,000
Rocklin General Law $5,000
Roseville Charter $21,575
Plumas County General Law $10,000
Portola CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Riverside County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Banning General Law $5,000
Beaumont General Law $5,000
Blythe General Law $5,000
Calimesa General Law $5,000
Canyon Lake CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Cathedral City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Coachella CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Corona CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Desert Hot Springs Charter $30,000
Eastvale General Law $5,000
Hemet CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Indian Wells Charter $175,000
Indio CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Jurupa Valley General Law $5,000
Lake Elsinore CUCCAA General Law $45,000
La Quinta Charter $5,000
Menifee CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Moreno Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Murrieta CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Norco Charter $5,000
Palm Desert Charter $10,000
Palm Springs CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Perris CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Rancho Mirage CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Riverside Charter $50,000
San Jacinto CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Temecula CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Wildomar General Law $5,000
Sacramento County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Citrus Heights General Law $5,000
Elk Grove CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Folsom Charter $53,000
Galt CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Isleton General Law $5,000
Rancho Cordova General Law $5,000
Sacramento Charter $100,000
San Benito County General Law $10,000
Hollister General Law $5,000
San Juan Beautista General Law $5,000
San Bernardino County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Adelanto CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Apple Valley General Law $5,000
Barstow CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Big Bear Lake Charter $4,000
Chino General Law $5,000
Chino Hills CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Colton General Law $5,000
Fontana CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Grand Terrace General Law $5,000
Hesperia General Law $5,000
Highland CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Loma Linda Charter $5,000
Montclair General Law $5,000
Needles Charter $15,000
Ontario CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Rancho Cucamonga General Law $5,000
Redlands CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Rialto General Law $5,000
San Bernardino Charter $5,000
Twentynine Palms CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Upland General Law $5,000
Victorville CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Yucaipa CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Yucca Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Diego County Charter $6,500
Carlsbad CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Chula Vista Charter $100,000
Coronado CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Del Mar CUCCAA Charter $45,000
El Cajon Charter $50,000
Encinitas General Law $5,000
Escondido CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Imperial Beach CUCCAA General Law $45,000
La Mesa CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lemon Grove CUCCAA General Law $45,000
National City General Law $5,000
Oceanside CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Poway General Law $5,000
San Diego Charter $100,000
San Marcos Charter None specified
Santee Charter $20,000
Solano Beach General Law $5,000
Vista CUCCAA Charter $45,000
San Francisco City/County Charter
San Francisco Charter $400,000
San Joaquin County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Escalon General Law $5,000
Lathrop CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lodi General Law $5,000
Manteca General Law $5,000
Ripon General Law $5,000
Stockton Charter $75,000
Tracy CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Luis Obispo County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Arroyo Grande CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Atascadero CUCCAA General Law $45,000
El Paso De Robles CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Grover Beach General Law $5,000
Morro Bay CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Pismo Beach CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Luis Obispo CUCCAA Charter $45,000
San Mateo County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Atherton General Law $5,000
Belmont CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Brisbane CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Burlingame CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Colma CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Daly City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
East Palo Alto General Law $5,000
Foster City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Half Moon Bay CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hillsborough CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Menlo Park CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Millbrae General Law $5,000
Pacifica CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Portola Valley General Law $5,000
Redwood City Charter $100,000
San Bruno General Law $5,000
San Carlos CUCCAA General Law $45,000
San Mateo Charter $100,000
South San Francisco CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Woodside CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Barbara County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Buelton CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Carpinteria CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Goleta CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Guadalupe General Law $5,000
Lompoc CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Barbara Charter None specified
Santa Maria CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Solvang CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Santa Clara County CUCCAA Charter $45,000
San Jose Charter $1,000,000
Campbell CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Cupertino CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Gilroy Charter $35,000
Los Altos CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Los Altos Hills CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Los Gatos General Law $5,000
Milpitas CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Monte Sereno CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Morgan Hill CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Mountain View Charter $45,000
Palo Alto Charter $65,000
Santa Clara Charter $1,000
Saratoga CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Sunnyvale Charter $50,000
Santa Cruz County General Law $10,000
Capitola General Law $5,000
Scotts Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Watsonville CUCCAA Charter $45,000
Santa Cruz Charter $100,000
Shasta County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Anderson CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Redding CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Shasta Lake General Law $5,000
Sierra County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Loyalton General Law $5,000
Siskiyou County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Dorris General Law $5,000
Dunsmuir General Law $5,000
Etna General Law $5,000
Fort Jones General Law $5,000
Montague General Law $5,000
Mount Shasta General Law $5,000
Tule Lake General Law $5,000
Weed General Law $5,000
Yreka General Law $5,000
Solano County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Benicia CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Dixon CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fairfield CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Rio Vista CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Suisun City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Vacaville CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Vallejo Charter $100,000
Sonoma County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Cloverdale CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Cotati General Law $5,000
Healdsburg CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Petaluma Charter $25,150
Rohnert Park CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Santa Rosa Charter $10,000
Sebastapol General Law $5,000
Sonoma CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Windsor CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Stanislaus County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Ceres CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Hughson CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Modesto Charter $50,000
Newman General Law $5,000
Oakdale CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Patterson CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Riverbank CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Turlock CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Waterford General Law $5,000
Sutter County General Law
Live Oak General Law $5,000
Yuba City CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Tehama County Charter $10,000
Corning CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Red Bluff General Law $5,000
Tehama CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Trinity County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Tulare County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Dinuba Charter $96,600
Exeter Charter $75,000
Farmersville CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Lindsay Charter $75,000
Porterville Charter $5,000
Tulare Charter $15,000
Visalia Charter $25,000
Woodlake Charter $75,000
Tuolumne County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Sonora General Law $5,000
Ventura County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Camarillo CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Fillmore General Law $5,000
Moorepark CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Ojai CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Oxnard CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Port Heuneme Charter $75,000
Santa Paula CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Simi Valley CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Thousand Oaks CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Ventura Charter $175,000
Yolo County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Davis CUCCAA General Law $45,000
West Sacramento General Law $5,000
Winters CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Woodland CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Yuba County CUCCAA General Law $45,000
Marysville Charter $25,000
Wheatland General Law $5,000

Updated - 12122017