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Municipal Law

Municipal laws often seem simple on the surface, but they can present some pretty complex situations when they are put into practice. For example, while the laws and bylaws of a single city or county may be easy to follow, how those laws coexist with state and federal regulations can result in confusion or conflicts.  

Simas & Associates, Ltd. has been serving the state of California since 2002, with offices in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Luis Obispo, and San Diego. In those years, we’ve become one of the leading professional licensing firms in the state, and helped many local small businesses with their formations.

California is a big state, but we know quite a bit about the municipalities we represent. We’re involved in our local communities as members of local county bar and paralegal associations, and we’re well-versed in municipal law.

What Is Municipal Law?

Municipal law is a local form of legislation. It can exist at the city or county level and while it cannot supersede state or federal law, it does give the municipality the control to set its own bylaws, elect its own government, and make reasonable addendums to existing state and federal regulations.

Because Simas & Associates, Ltd. has a longstanding tradition of supporting our communities, we are distinctively suited to handle all matters of municipal law. We live, work, and do business in these communities; therefore, we have a vested interest in the outcome of all our cases.

California Municipal Law Issues

In November 2016, Proposition 64 passed in the state of California, allowing the use of recreational marijuana. However, some municipalities passed pre-emptive emergency ordinances prohibiting the cultivation and/or sale of marijuana. This is simply one of many examples (for better or for worse) of the power of municipal law.

Municipal law also covers:

  • Zoning ordinances

  • Business licenses

  • Local police forces

  • Property taxes

  • Education policy

Municipal lawyers are instrumental in protecting the rights of their counties, cities, and constituents. If you feel your municipality has overstepped its bounds, you have the right to speak to a municipal attorney.

Compliance Counts

While municipal law may not be on par with the federal government, it’s still important to comply with your community’s laws. Failing to do so can result in:

  • Fines

  • Loss of business licenses

  • Legal entanglements

  • Public scrutiny   

The faster you act, the more positive your outcome. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, it’s important to have an experienced and knowledgeable municipal lawyer at your side.  

How Can We Help?

If you’ve been denied a business license, are having trouble getting your message across to the zoning board, or feel you’ve been treated unfairly by an elected official, the time to act is now! A qualified municipal attorney can help you effectively resolve your issues.

Simas & Associates, Ltd. knows California municipalities inside and out. Schedule your free confidential 30-minute consultation today and we’ll help you determine your next step.