Claims against the City of Santa Maria for damages are filed with the City Clerk's Office on the City-produced Claim Form, as well as on legal stationery submitted by law firms. The Claim Form is available for download or may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office. It must be filed with an original signature, and should include estimates, receipts, or photographs supporting your claim.
Claims for damages must be filed no later than six months or 182 days, whichever is longer, from the date of occurrence (State's statute of limitations). For real property claims, filing must occur within one year.
Claims are forwarded to the City Attorney's Office for processing. Your claim will be investigated and processed by City staff or referred to the City's claims administrator. A written recommendation for approval or denial will be issued. The process takes from six to eight weeks.
For additional information, please contact the City Clerk's Office, or the City Attorney's Office at (805) 925-0951 ext 310.
File Claims for Damages in person or by mail to:
City Clerk's Office
110 East Cook Street, Room 3
Santa Maria, CA, 93454
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 306
Fax: (805) 925-2243