This is a list of questions often asked about San Benito County. If you don’t find the information you need below, please call the County Administrative Office on 831.636.4000. Contact us to suggest additional topics for this page.
Abandoned Vehicle?

  • Contact the Code Enforcement Division of the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313 for information.

Agricultural matter?

  • Contact the Agriculture Commissioner on 831.637.9015.

Animal complaints?

  • Contact the City of Hollister, Animal Control Department on 831.636.4320. Services are provided under contract to the County of San Benito for areas outside the City of Hollister.


  • San Benito County was created on February 12, 1874 from part of eastern (inland) Monterey County.


  • San Benito County encompasses 1,396 square miles or 893,440 acres of which 14% is owned by the government.

Area Code, Telephone?

  • 831 is the area code for Hollister, San Juan Bautista and the rest of San Benito County.

Assembly District?

  • 30th Assembly District

Assembly Member?

  • Robert Rivas, State Assembly Member, 30th District: www.asmdc.org/members/a30/  916-319-2030 (Sacramento),  831-768-3035 (Watsonville), or 831-638-3228 (Hollister)

Assessed Valuation?

  • Net taxable value of all real and personal property subject to local property taxes was $4,160,309,359 in 2001-2002. For more recent or detailed information, contact the Assessor’s Department on 831.636.4030.

Assessment Appeal?

  • Further information on filing an assessment appeal for your property tax is available from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors on 831.636.4000.

Birth or Death Certificate?

  • County Clerk/Recorder,

Board of Supervisors Agenda?

  • Go to the Board’s meeting calendar for the latest agenda. Or call the Clerk of the Board, 831.636.4000. The complete agenda, including staff reports and back-up materials, is available for public inspection on the Friday immediately prior to the meeting date in the County Administration Building Lobby.

Board of Supervisors Calendar?

  • A calendar showing Board meetings and holidays is available. Generally, the Board of Supervisors meets on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held in the County Administration Bldg., 481 4th St., 1st Floor, Hollister, California.

Board of Supervisors, Contact Information

County Budget?

Building Permit?

  • Contact the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313 OR your city building Building Department office.

Burning Permit?

Bus Schedule?

Children’s Protective Services?

  • CPS investigates reports of known or suspected abuse and neglect. If you are aware of a child that is being abused or neglected or have concerns that a child may be being abuse or neglected, please call to report. The number to call is (831) 636-4190. All reports are kept strictly confidential.


  • Hollister and San Juan Bautista are the two incorporated cities in San Benito County. Unincorporated communities include Aromas, Tres Pinos, Ridgemark, Panoche, Paicines, and Bitterwater.

Code Enforcement Issue?

  • Call the Code Enforcement Division, San Benito County Planning & Building: 831.637.5313.

County Committees and Commissions?

  • For more information, contact San Benito County Clerk of the Board on 831.636.4000.

County Code?

  • Not available online. For more information, contact the Clerk of the Board on 831.636.4000 or the County Counsel on 831.636.4040.

Commercial food preparation?

  • Environmental Health, 831.636.4035.

Congressional district?

  • 20th District, California

Congressional Representative?

  • San Benito County’s representative in the U.S. Congress is Congressman Jimmy Panetta. (202) 225-6791 (Washington DC), (831) 424-2229 (Salinas), or (831) 429-1976 (Santa Cruz)

County employment or job?

  • View online job listings updated weekly, call our 24-7 Job Hotline on 831.636.4000, or go to the Lobby of the County Administration Building, 481 4th Street, Hollister.
  • Social Services and Child Support Services positions: Call Merit Systems job hotline: 916.263.3604.
  • San Benito County One-Stop Career Center: 831.637.JOBS.

San Benito County Courts?

  • The Courts provide information on their Website. You can also call 831.636.4057. They are a separate State Agency and not a county department.

County Elected Officials?

  • Board of Supervisors (5), County Clerk-Auditor-Recorder, District Attorney, Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator, District Attorney, and Sheriff.


  • 831.637.7665.

Earthquake, Emergency and Disaster Planning and Response?

County Fire Department?

  • San Benito County Fire – CAL FIRE, 1979 Fairview Road, Hollister 831.637.4475
  • Burn Day Status 1.800.225.BURN
  • Fire Marshal 831.636.2080


Garbage disposal sites? Recycling? Waste reduction?

  • San Benito County Integrated Waste Management Department. Call 831.636.4110 or visit their Website.
  • The John Smith County Landfill is located at 2650 John Smith Rd. Call 831.637.4515 for more information.


County General Plan?

  • Contact the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313.

Grand Jury Reports?


  • Median household income was $57,469, median family income was $60,665, and per capita income was $20,932, in 1999, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Total personal income countywide was $1.1 billion.

In-Home Supportive Services?

  • Call 831.636.4190, Health & Human Services Agency.


  • Sheriff’s Department, County Jail, 710 Flynn Rd., 831.636.4060. Website, including visitation hours.

Jury duty?

  • Jury Call-in: 831.637.7975

LAFCO Agenda?

  • Call 805.647.7612.

Landlord-Tenant Disputes?

  • California Rural Legal Assistance, 1131 San Felipe Rd., 831.637.7435.

Land use?

  • Contact the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313.


  • The San Benito County Free Library is located in downtown Hollister in 470 5th St. Phone 831.636.4107 or visit the Library Website for more information.

Marriage licenses?

  • County Clerk-Recorder, 831.636.4029; 440 5th St., Room 206, County Courthouse, Hollister, CA.

Park Facilities Reservations?

  • Contact San Benito County Public Works on 831.636.4170 for inquiries concerning Veterans Memorial Park (including the Bertha Briggs Memorial Bldg.), San Justo Reservoir Park, and the Historical & Recreational Park.
  • To reserve the Veterans Memorial Building, call Hollister Recreation on 831.636.4390.

Planning documents?

  • Contact the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313.


  • Contact the Post Office or County Library.

Planning Commission Agenda?

  • Call 831.637.5313.
  • Population? San Benito County’s population was 56,300 on January 1, 2003, according to the official estimate of the Demographic Research Unit, California State Department of Finance.

President, White House

  • Barack Obama, President
  • White House
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Washington, DC 20500
  • (202) 456-1111
  • president@whitehouse.gov

Register to vote?

  • Elections Division, County Clerk-Recorder, 831.636.4016; 440 5th St., Room 206, County Courthouse, Hollister, CA. Register Here

Retail Sales, taxable?

  • Total taxable retail sales were $475,986,000 in 2000, including $123,959,000 in the unincorporated area of the county, according to the California State Board of Equalization.


  • 831.637.POOL.

Senate District?

  • 12th Senate District

State Senator?

  • Anthony Cannella, State Senate
  • (831) 769-8040, (209) 726-5495 or (916) 651-4012.

U.S. Senator?

Sheriff’s Office?

  • 451 4th St., Hollister; 831.636.4080. Website.

Web pages translated into Spanish?

Tax Question?

  • Assessor (regarding valuation) 831.636.4030 or Treasurer-Tax Collector (regarding a bill) 831.636.4034. Both offices are located next to each other on the 1st Floor, County Courthouse, 440 5th St., Hollister.

Traffic Court?

  • Traffic Information: 831.637.3968

Zip Codes?

  • 95023 – Hollister Post Office

County Zoning?

  • Contact the Planning & Building Department on 831.637.5313.