About the Town of Hillsborough

The Town of Hillsborough is a residential community located in San Mateo County, California. It is west of Highway 101 and El Camino Real and east of Highway 280 within a short commute to San Francisco and minutes from San Francisco International Airport.

Essential Services

The Town performs essential services including police protection, building permitting and inspection, land use management, and maintenance of roads, public facilities, water, sewer and storm drainage infrastructures. The Town also funds fire protection services provided by the Central County Fire Department. The Town has an area of 6.23 square miles and a current population of 10,927.

Town Government

The Town is a general law city operating with a Council / Manager form of government. Policy-making and legislative authority are vested in the governing City Council, which consists of a Mayor, a Vice-Mayor and three City Council members. City Council members are elected to overlapping 4-year terms, in even numbered years. The City Council members select the Mayor and Vice-Mayor every year. The City Council is responsible, among other things, for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committee and board members and hiring the City Manager and the City Attorney. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the City Council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations and for appointing department heads.

Useful Documents

The Town has many tools available for you to keep track of your water usage, report issues and hazards, and stay up to date with Town news!

For convenience, the Town has created a one page reference guide that outlines important Town contact information and services offered like security/alarm inspections, WaterSmart, SeeClickFix and much more. Click here to view the electronic version.

The Hillsborough Neighborhood Network (HNN) gave out a Top 10 Tips to THRIVE in Hillsborough brochure recently at their Q3 Info Session. The brochure is packed with important information on emergency preparedness and Town/County services. Click here to view the electronic version.

Hard copies of both documents are also available at Town Hall to post them on your fridge or somewhere else in your home for quick access.