The following commonly used forms may be printed and submitted to the LAFCO office. Applications should be signed. Refer to the Schedule of Fees and Deposits to ascertain LAFCO processing fees. If boundary change applications are approved and completed, the proponent must prepare a set of legal maps and legal descriptions for filing with the State Board of Equalization, and pay an additional fee to the State Board of Equalization to finalize the boundary change.
Please send completed forms along with a deposit check to:
Santa Cruz LAFCO
701 Ocean Street #318D
Santa Cruz CA 95060
These forms are provided in Word and Adobe PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing.
If interested in requesting a change of organization (i.e. annexation), please complete the following forms (Forms 1 to 3):
Form 1: Boundary Change Application
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State law requires a signed application from individuals or agencies who want to apply for a boundary change such as an annexation, extraterritorial service agreement, or formation of a new special district.
State law requires people to file this notice with the LAFCO Executive Officer before circulating a property owner or registered voter petition to initiate a boundary change. (Fill Out if Applicant is a Landowner or Registered Voter).
State law provides that boundary change applications are submitted to LAFCO either by resolution of an affected public agency board, or by resolution of registered voters or property owners. This petition can be used by a group of either registered voters or property owners to accompany a Boundary Change Application. (Fill Out if Applicant is a Landowner or Registered Voter).
Other documents may be required as part of the application packet, such as the following:
State Board of Equalization’s Change of Jurisdictional Boundary
Requirements for Descriptions, Maps, and Fees PDF Format
At the end of a successful boundary change process, the applicant is required to provide a legal map and a legal description, and to pay processing fees to the State Board of Equalization in order to officially finalize the change.
Both the map and legal description must include either the rancho name or the township, range, and section.
LAFCO staff will record the legal map and description in the Santa Cruz County Recorder’s Office. Therefore, they also must conform to the Recorder’s format requirements. No wording or any part of a map can be illegible.
View detailed Recorder’s Requirements
State CEQA Document Fees
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Part of the costs that LAFCO charges for processing an application include CEQA Document Fees that the State requires for many projects. When these fees are required, LAFCO pays these fees and charges them back to the applicant.
For most boundary changes, state law provides for a period in which landowners and voters within the reorganization area may protest the boundary change. This protest period occurs after LAFCO authorizes a boundary change. If 25% of either the landowners or voters within the area subject to the boundary change file written protest within the protest period, an election of the registered voters will be held to determine whether the boundary change occurs.
Landowner Protest Form
Voter Protest Form
The Generic Annexation Flowchart was prepared by the Governor’s Office of Planning Research to depict a generic annexation process.
The following flowcharts illustrate the specific process for various boundary changes reviewed by LAFCO.
Uninhabited = 11 or fewer voters registered in subject area
Inhabited = 12 or more voters registered in subject area
City Annexation (Inhabited)
District Annexation (Uninhabited)
District Annexation (Inhabited)
City Detachment (Uninhabited)
City Detachment (Inhabited)
District Detachment (Uninhabited)
District Detachment (Inhabited)
Property Tax Exchange Process for Annexations