MAY 2020
As you are aware, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued the current new health order to Los Angeles County residents and businesses, including the City of San Fernando, and extended stipulations from the previous Safer at Home Health Order, through May 15, 2020, and highlights:

  • Essential businesses are required to provide cloth face coverings to all employees, to wear while performing duties which involve contact w/other employees and/or the public;
  • Essential businesses are required to post their physical distancing plans; and
  • The public is required to wear a face covering to enter essential businesses.

What this means for you:
Residents of the City of San Fernando are still required to stay at home or in their place of residence, except when they need to work at an Essential Business or Healthcare Operation, provide Essential Infrastructure, shop at an Essential Business, or engage in an Essential Activity, so long as they practice social distancing and wear a cloth face covering while visiting Essential Businesses. 
The Order also requires all businesses to cease in-person operations (delivery and take-out only) and close to the public unless those businesses defined as an Essential Business by the Order. The Order also continues to prohibit all indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings and events and extends the temporary closure of all public beaches, trails, and their points of access. You may also continue to engage in outdoor activities, such as jogging, walking, or biking.

Public Access to City Facilities:
In an effort to limit the potential exposure and spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the City of San Fernando’s ability to continue providing essential services, including public safety, water service, and community support, City Hall and City recreation centers remain closed to the public. City staff continues to be available to answer calls and respond to emails Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Online Permit Counter:
For additional convenience, the public may use the Online Permit Counter, , to submit building permit applications, track progress, and schedule inspections online.

San Fernando Water Supply and Service:
San Fernando water comes from wells that pump water from deep in the ground. It is treated and is delivered ready for drinking, washing, and bathing and will meet your needs during these challenging times. You have enough to worry about right now, don’t worry about San Fernando water; we will continue to deliver water that exceeds the health standards. We do not expect disruptions to our customers due to COVID- 19.

Additionally, the City of San Fernando WILL NOT be disconnecting any customers’ water and WILL BE waiving all late fees due to limited access to City Hall. If your water bill is due, currently, there are three payment options:

  1. By Mail: City of San Fernando, 117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340.
  2. Night Dropbox: Located outside City Hall’s main entrance on the right-hand side. Place your payment in an envelope and put it in the drop box. NO CASH PLEASE. Payments received in the drop-box will be processed by 9:00 am the next business day.
  3. AutoPay: Available to all City of San Fernando water customers. It is a direct debit program that works with your bank for a quick and simple way to pay your utility bill electronically. Click here to download an AutoPay Application.

Please contact the Finance Department (  or (818) 898-1212) to set up alternate payment plans. 

Eviction Protection for Commercial and Residential Tenants:
At a Special Meeting on April 8, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved an Urgency Ordinance (“Eviction Protection Ordinance”) that provides protection to small businesses and residents from eviction due to inability to pay rent. The Eviction Protection Ordinance, effective immediately, prohibits a landlord from starting the eviction process for non-payment of rent until May 31, 2020. 

The City’s Eviction Protection Ordinance requires that commercial and residential tenants notify their property owner within 7 days of their rent being due and demonstrate a financial impact due to COVID-19. The Eviction Protection Ordinance only applies to commercial tenants with 25 or fewer employees. Tenants have up to 180 days after the expiration of the deferment period, currently May 31, 2020, to repay all outstanding rent.

To qualify, tenants must provide documentation of COVID-19 related impacts. Tenants that qualify and choose to defer rent payment are still encouraged to pay as much rent as they can to avoid getting too far behind. The following table summarizes the qualifying COVID-19 related impacts under the Eviction Protection Ordinance.

Residential Tenants:
  1. Tenant was unable to work, or was caring for a household or family member, due to illness from a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  2. Tenant experienced a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
  3. Tenant needed to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19.

Commercial Tenants:
  1. Tenant was unable to operate due to a COVID-19 related state or local health order; or
  2. Tenant experienced a loss of income resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
  3. Tenant’s operations were impacted due to employee(s) being sick or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or needing to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19.

Parking Citation Reduction Program:
On April 20, 2020, the San Fernando City Council approved an extension of the program to reduce residential street sweeping parking citations issued between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Friday, May 15, 2020 from $55 to $25. To qualify for the program, the vehicle owner must demonstrate a COVID-19 related financial hardship, including, but not limited to:

  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or caring for a household or family member who was sick with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle experienced a lay-off, loss of hours, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19, the state of emergency, or other government response; or
  • The registered/legal owner of the vehicle needed to miss work to care for a child whose school or daycare was closed in response to COVID-19. 

Only one reduction request per vehicle will be considered. To submit fine reduction request, the vehicle owner must complete a  COVID-19 Financial Hardship Request form  and supporting documentation within 60 days of the ticket issuance date. This form may also be requested by emailing .

Modified Residential Street Sweeping Parking Restrictions Remain in Effect:
Please be aware that the modified residential street sweeping parking restrictions will remain in effect. To reiterate, although the City is relaxing the 2-hour restriction, residents must move their vehicle until the street sweeper has passed. After the sweeper has passed along the curb and cleaned the street, residents may move their vehicle and park on the restricted portion of the street. All other parking restrictions, including street sweeping parking restrictions in the commercial corridors, will remain in effect.

The City of San Fernando is working to balance accommodating the needs of residents that are being asked to stay home, with our responsibility of maintaining clean and sanitary public spaces. Clean and sanitary public spaces, including streets and parks, are especially critical to help curb the spread of COVID19. 

Many solid waste haulers (including Republic Services) are rolling back services to protect their workers and comply with the social distancing directive. This makes street sweeping even more critical as removing trash, dirt, debris, and standing water from the curb is a crucial component to the City’s sanitation system. If the City is unable to sweep the streets due to parked vehicles; trash and other potentially contaminated surfaces will congregate and create an unsanitary environment.

A lot of thought when into San Fernando’s decision to prioritize public hygiene by maintaining street sweeping to remove trash, clear storm drains to avoid flooding, and reduce standing water for vector control. The City’s residential street sweeping policy is not an effort to hurt residents, it is an effort to protect residents by removing unsanitary waste from street curbs. In times of crisis, it is easy to do what is popular; it is hard to do what is right. The City’s policy may not be popular, but we feel it is right and in the best interest of protecting public health.

For more information, contact the San Fernando Police Department at (818) 898-1254 or .

Visit the City's website for updates and to learn what the City is doing to keep you safe during COVID-19: WWW.SFCITY.ORG/CORONAVIRUS .
The City is committed to providing information on resources for residents, senior citizens, businesses, and workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the City's website for daily updates information such as, but not limited to, the following:

Resident Resources:
  • Eviction Protection Program
  • Department of Children & Family Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Domestic Violence
  • Fire Safety
  • Frauds & Scams
  • LAUSD & Charter School Grab & Go Meals
  • Support Local San Fernando Businesses
  • Stimulus Checks
  • Things to try while social distancing
  • Virtual Support Groups

Senior Citizen Resources:
  • Critical Delivery Service (food and vital necessities)
  • Elder Abuse
  • Senior Care
  • Senior Meals Program

San Fernando Business Resources:
  • Helpful tools for San Fernando Restaurants, food businesses & other essential businesses
  • Disaster Help Center
  • EDD Workshare Program for Employers
  • Employer Assistance Grant Fund
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Small Business Recovery Loan Program

San Fernando Worker Resources:
  • America's Job Centers of California
  • Child Care for Essential Workers
  • Covered California
  • Unemployment Insurance

Food Banks:
  • Free Food Resources
  • Free Food Banks in the San Fernando Balley
  • Newly Announced Restaurant Meal Program: Restaurant Delivered Meals
  • San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Drive-Thru Food Pantry

COVID-19 Testing:
  • Who is eligible?
  • Testing Sites
  • Drive-up Mobile Testing
  • Same-Day Testing for Residents Showing COVID-19 Symptoms
Pursuant to Executive N-29-20 and given the current health concerns, members of the public can access meetings live on-line, with audio and video, via Facebook Live ( @TheCityOfSanFernando ).

Members of the public can submit comments electronically for City Council consideration by sending them to . To ensure distribution to the City Council prior to consideration of the agenda, please submit comments prior to 4:00 p.m. the day of the meeting. Those comments will be distributed to the City Council and will be limited to three minutes and made part of the official public record of the meeting.

Did you know that, in addition to determining how many representatives each state has in Congress, federal funding for programs such as school nutrition, job training, senior and foster care, and medical insurance programs are all provided based on Census data? That means if you do not complete the Census, you will not be counted, San Fernando will not get the full amount of funding that is needed to provide service to everyone that is eligible, and California will not get the full representation in Washington, D.C. to ensure an equal voice in national policy.

The Census is completely confidential and individual responses cannot be used by the City or any other Government Agency.

Currently, just under 50% of the City of San Fernando's population has completed the 2020 Census. Let's get to 100%! Be sure to complete the Census and show everyone that YOU COUNT!!!
Visit the City's website for more information and a link to complete the 2020 Census online, it only takes a few minutes!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, special events have been cancelled and public meetings will be conducted virtually or cancelled. Visit our website for a current listing of public meetings.