What is LAFCo?

LAFCo stands for Local Agency Formation Commission. LAFCos were created in each county in California by the State Legislature in 1963 to discourage urban sprawl, preserve agricultural land resources and encourage the orderly formation and development of local government agencies. The law that governs LAFCo is known as the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000. Learn more about the

CHK Act Legislation.

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1. What is LAFCo?
2. What does LAFCo do?
3. Is LAFCo required to comply with CEQA?
4. Who are the members of LAFCo?
5. How are Commissioners elected?
6. When and where does the Commission meet?
7. What types of boundary change proposals does LAFCo review?
8. What are the basic steps in the Boundary Change Process?
9. How do I apply for a boundary change?
10. Is there a fee to apply for boundary changes?
11. How do I arrange for preparation of a map and legal description?
12. How long will it take to process my proposals?
13. Can I appeal a LAFCo decision?
14. What is a sphere of influence?
15. Can a sphere of influence be changed?