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City of Burlingame

Contact Info 


(650) 558-7206

Operational Hours

M-F, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


501 Primrose Rd Burlingame, CA 94010

About Buringame

The Community

The City of Burlingame is a thriving and sophisticated suburban city of approximately 30,000 people in San Mateo County, California. Located three miles south of San Francisco International Airport on the beautiful San Francisco Peninsula, the city is a prime vacation destination for people wishing to visit the Bay Area. Its two main downtown areas, Broadway and Downtown Burlingame Avenue, are well-known commercial destinations featuring an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants, family owned and operated small shops, and national retailers. At approximately six square miles, Burlingame boasts a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay and enjoys a warm, sunny microclimate. The area’s temperate, Mediterranean climate makes outdoor recreation appealing yearround. Golfers can be found on the golf course even throughout winter, when clear, cool days often break up the area’s wet spells. Additional sporting, entertainment, and arts and culture activities can be found throughout the Bay Area.

The 500-mile-long bicycle and pedestrian San Francisco Bay Trail meanders along Burlingame’s shoreline, while State Highway 101 and Interstate 280 traverse the city. Burlingame is easily accessible by public transportation. Caltrain, the seventh largest commuter rail system in the country, has two stops in Burlingame, with one operating on weekends only, and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is within a short distance from the northern part of the city. Burlingame is located on the most dynamic economic corridor in the world, in close proximity to Silicon Valley innovation leaders such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Adobe, Box, Salesforce, Tesla, Apple, Genentech, and Twitter. The Peninsula also includes major global institutions and destinations such as Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, and stadiums for the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks, and Golden State Warriors.

Burlingame is also known for its exceptional quality of life – from public safety to an excellent public school system. Often referred to as the City of Trees, Burlingame maintains over 16,500 trees representing 294 species. The city’s overall tree canopy covers 71% of streets and sidewalks. In addition to its six large parks and athletic fields, the City maintains seven neighborhood parks. It is home to the Mills Canyon Wildlife Area, Bayside Community Garden, Skyline Open Space Park, and Bayfront Bird Sanctuary. To find out more about this beautiful and charming city, visit

City Government

Incorporated in 1908, Burlingame is a General Law City operating under the Council-Manager form of government. Five City Council members are elected at-large to four-year terms; the Mayor and Vice-Mayor are chosen annually by the Council from among its members. (The City is moving to district elections in 2022, with three seats up for election that year, and the  remaining two seats up for election in 2024.) The current City Council is progressive, forward-thinking, and innovative, and maintains positive and productive relationships with its professional staff. The Council appoints the City Attorney and City Manager, who serves as chief administrative officer and is responsible for appointing the City Clerk and members of the executive team.

The City of Burlingame is comprised of departments that deliver municipal services including police, public works (water and sewer, streets and storm drainage), community development, parks and recreation, and library services; these departments are supported by the general government departments of human resources, finance, legal services, and City administration.  Fire protection is provided by the Central County Fire Department, through a joint powers agreement between the City of Burlingame and the Town of Hillsborough.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on City finances, Burlingame remains fiscally strong. The City has a FY 2020-21 total budget of $115 million and a General Fund budget of $63.3 million, with $41.9  million in General Fund operating and capital reserves and a staff of 222 full-time equivalents.

The City of Burlingame prides itself on being an “Employer of Choice” and embraces a participative approach in managing the City and the organization. As a self-described “small city that gets a lot done”, staff is comprised of an energetic, dynamic, and proactive team of individuals who care deeply about integrity, innovation, and service to the community. In a recent survey, when asked about what employees valued most about working for the City, over 50% of respondents stated they enjoyed their colleagues most. Others emphasized the location, community, day-to-day work, and benefits as their favorite aspects of working for the City.

Click on the links on this profile to learn more about Burlingame and to hear from Burlingame employees about why they enjoy working for the City of Burlingame, click on this video link: "City of Burlingame is a great place to work".  

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