- How do I find out if someone is still in custody?
Please visit Madera County Jail Inmate Inquiry and fill out the form to obtain information on a person in police custody.
- How do I find a registered sex offender in my area?
Please visit the Megan's Law home page for further information.
- How do I get a copy of an accident report?
To obtain a copy of a accident report please fill out a form and attached photo id. The cost of a report is $10.00. Once payment is processed and it is determined that the report can be released to the requesting party, the report will be ready for mailing or pick up. Please make sure that you include a phone number for contact.
You may download the forms here:
- How do I get a copy of any report I need?
You can submit a request for a copy of a report filling out the attached form and copy of id. We do not release reports to individuals by a phone request. Reports other than accidents will only be release in person. We will call you when it has been determined that the report is available for pick up. You will need to provide photo ID at the time of pick up. Payment will be received at the time of pick up. You can also come in to the Police Department and request a copy of a report. The fee for each requested report is $10.00. Release of reports is generally released at the time of request however large requests could take up to (10) business days to fulfill.
- How do I get an Animal License?
Please fill out Animal Control license paperwork and submit with Proof of Rabies vaccine and spay/neuter certificate if applicable. All documents must be signed by a Licensed Veterinarian.
Prices for Licensing:
1 Year License - $50.00 if not spayed or neutered
$8.00 if spayed or neutered
3 Year License - $150.00 if not spayed or neutered
$17.00 if spayed or neutered
Age 55 years or older; One dog license is free with proof of ID of the Dog Owner on paperwork.
Replacement tag is $3.00
- How do I get my car out of impound?
By law, if the driver of a vehicle is found to have no license or a suspended/revoked license the car is automatically held for 30 days. You may request an Impound Hearing within the first 10 day after the vehicle has been impounded, the cost for the hearing is $13.60. If you wish to do this call 559-675-4229 and ask to schedule an impound hearing. After the 30-day period, the registered owner will need to come to the Police Department for a release and will need the following items:
· The registered owners valid driver’s license
· Proof of insurance
· A copy of the current registration
· And $64.30
- How do I get my property back?
To pick up your property please call 559 675-4260 to set up an appointment. You will need to present photo ID at the time of pick up.
- Are fireworks legal in Madera City?
Fireworks are only allowed on the 4th of July and must have the state Fire Marshal Safe & Sane label.
- Does the Madera City Fire Department give out smoke/carbon monoxide detectors?
No, not on a regular basis, there are times the Fire Departments will get local or government grant money to give out a limited amount of smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. You can purchase smoke/carbon monoxide detectors at most local hardware or convenient stores.
- Does the Madera City Fire Department have Volunteer firefighters?
No, the Madera City Fire Department does not have volunteers. The Madera County Fire Department utilizes volunteers located at 14228 Road 28 Madera Ca, 93638 Tel 559-675-7799
- Does the Madera City Fire Department offer child car safety seat checks and adjustments?
Unfortunately, the Madera City Fire Department does not offer this service. To find the nearest location for a child safety seat inspection please visit The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Click on "Locate a Child Seat Fitting Station" and then enter your zip code.
- Does the Madera City Fire Department service fire extinguishers?
No, most local Fire Departments do not service fire extinguishers. Fire extinguisher companies can be found in the local phone book. Fire extinguishers can be purchased at a local hardware store.
- Does the Madera City Fire Department teach A.E.D/CPR classes?
No, those classes can be found through visiting the Redcross website.
- How do I schedule a Fire Station tour?
You can schedule a station tour by calling the local fire station direct in your area. 559-661-5499 ext 2 for station#6 and ext 3 for station#7.
- Should I call the Madera City Fire station when there’s an emergency?
NO! NO! NO! NEVER! Always call 911! When you report a emergency!
- How do I know if my property is located in a flood zone as determined by FEMA?
Call the City of Madera’s Engineering Division at (559) 661-5418. We will perform a search based on the address of your property and provide you with any applicable documentation that has been provided by FEMA. In the event there is no documentation available for your address, please visit FEMA’s website directly. Please be advised that the City of Madera’s Engineering Division does not provide elevation certificates or perform land surveying for this purpose. It is the responsibility of the property owner to contract with an independent land surveyor to provide this service.
- When is an Encroachment Permit required?
Any work or other obstruction in, over, or on any public sidewalk, street, avenue, alley, or public place in the City that requires inspection to ensure City-owned facilities have been constructed to City standards requires a permit.
Any activity that creates a liability due to obvious safety concerns of the proposed activity may also require a permit. Per Madera Municipal Code, “No person shall grade, prepare, subgrade, pave, excavate, or construct sewers, drains, curbs, gutters, driveways, sidewalks, manholes, catch-basins or similar structures or works in any street, alley, or way, which street, alley, or way is dedicated or proposed to be dedicated for public use, within the city unless and until a permit for the work has been issued by the Department in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.('61 Code, § 7-3.02) (Ord. 37 C.S., passed 12-4-62).”
Contractors performing work for compensation within the City must obtain a City of Madera Business License from the Finance Department. Per Madera Municipal Code, “Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, license taxes in the amounts prescribed in this chapter are imposed upon all business transacted or carried on in the City. It shall be unlawful for any person to commence, transact, engage in, or carry on any business in the city without first having procured a license from the city to do so, or without complying with any and all applicable regulations of this chapter and other related or relevant laws of the city. Each day any such business is carried on without a license and/or•• without such compliance shall constitute a separate violation of the provisions of this chapter for each and every day such business is so carried on. Such license, when issued, shall authorize the person obtaining the same to transact the business described therein at the particular locality within the city designated in such license during the term stated therein. (‘61 Code, § 6-1.05) (Ord. 228 N.S., passed - -).”
Examples of activities NOT requiring a permit from the City of Madera Engineering Division include:
Work that is not within the City Limits, work that is completely on private property, work that includes, but is not limited to, sprinkler repair or typical landscape maintenance such as mowing, trimming, etc. However, some activities may require a permit from another division within the City.
- When is a Special Event Permit required?
A special event can be described as any march or procession of persons or animals or vehicles, or any combination thereof, except funeral processions, over or upon any public street, sidewalk, alley, or other public place, which the march or procession does not comply with normal and usual traffic regulations or controls. Or any congregation, meeting, or gathering of persons and/or objects upon any public street, sidewalk, alley, or public place so as to obstruct the free passage or use of any such street, alley, sidewalk, or place.
- When is a Transportation (Oversized Load) Permit required?
An oversized load permit is issued to any load or vehicle exceeding applicable length, width, height, or weight limits as defined by Caltrans that needs to travel within the City of Madera’s City Limits. You can review the Caltrans Transportation Permits Manual by visiting their website.
- Who is responsible for maintenance of sidewalk, curb, and gutter?
Although these items are usually located within the City’s Right-of-Way, the property owner is responsible per California Streets and Highways Code Section 5610.
- Who is responsible for maintenance of street trees?
The property owner is responsible per California Streets and Highways Code Section 5610. All trees removed must be replaced with a tree from the City of Madera’s Street Tree List. If the tree is a hazard, or if you are cited by Code Enforcement for a diseased or dead tree, or if there are other special circumstances out of your control, you will be issued a no-fee Encroachment Permit following the standard guidelines of Encroachment Permit issuance. If you want to remove a tree for any other reason than the ones stated above, John Scarborough from Parks & Community Services must perform a pre-inspection before we can issue an Encroachment Permit. If the tree removal is approved, the permit will then be issued at the property owner’s expense following the standard guidelines of Encroachment Permit issuance.
John Scarborough can be reached by calling Parks and Community Services at (559) 661-5495.
- Other Common Issues
Speeding: If traffic appears to be going too fast, please contact the Madera Police Department at (559) 675-4200. Enforcement is our primary tool at this time in dealing with unsuitable driving conditions on residential streets. Because of their potential to impair emergency services, speed bumps are not used by the City of Madera as traffic calming measures.
Stop Signs: All intersections that do not have posted stop signs have the right of way assigned by the California Vehicle code. When we receive a complaint about an intersection, we first need to determine if the intersection is under the jurisdiction of the City of Madera. Once we have determined that, the information is turned over to the Traffic Engineer, or the City Engineer. The location is investigated, studied, and checked to see if warrants are met following the guideline in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The City of Madera’s past policy has not been to install stop signs at all residential streets. Those locations may be subject to installation of stop control if accident histories suggest a need or sight distance is below minimum standards.
Traffic Signals: When we receive a complaint about an intersection, we first need to determine if the intersection is under the jurisdiction of the City of Madera. Once we have determined that, the information is turned over to the Traffic Engineer, or the City Engineer. The location is investigated, studied and checked to see if warrants are met following the guidelines in the California Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices. When an intersection meets warrants for signals, the location is added to a list of priority intersections to be modified. Before signals can be installed they must be assigned funding as it becomes available.
Other issues not listed: When complaints are received, the course of action varies depending on the type of complaint and if it is an issue that can be resolved by the City of Madera’s Engineering Division. Usually, the complaint is investigated using different methods ranging from accident report data studies to field visits. The best practical solution for the issue, if any, will be determined by the City Engineer. If the complaint is not an issue that can be resolved by the City of Madera’s Engineering Division, we will do our best to direct you to the proper authority that will be able to resolve your issue.
Human Resources Department:
- How do I apply for a job?
Job applications are available for download online or can be picked up in person at Madera City Hall.
- Can I apply for open positions online?
Not quite yet. We are in the process of integrating services that will allow us to accept applications online in the future.
- What jobs are currently open?
You can view our most recent job listings by exploring our recruitment page.
- When do you post new positions?
New job listings are posted as soon as they become available. Bookmark our open recruitments page, or follow the City of Madera Human Resources Department on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest open job listings.
- How do I find out about the job duties, education and other requirements of a position?
This information is included in our recruitment flyers as they are posted. Additionally, you may explore our job descriptions page for more detailed information. Should you have any additional questions that are not covered in recruitment flyers or job descriptions published by the City, please contact the Human Resources Department by e-mail, or phone: (559) 661-5400x8
- How do I apply for a position that is not open?
The City can only accept applications for full time positions that are posted on our website. We do not keep applications on file for future job openings.
- Can I submit a resume or cover letter?
We invite you to attach a cover letter and/or resume along WITH your application, but we would like to remind you that your application is what is relied on in our screening process. Do not use resumes as a short cut to completing the job application. If you do not provide sufficient information about prior work or volunteer experience, or simply indicate “see resume,” your application will be considered incomplete. If you run out of space on the application, complete as much information as possible on the application and then attach a separate document listing your additional skills or experience. Resumes and cover letters are not required, nor will they be accepted in lieu a properly/concisely filled-out job application.
- How can I find out the status of my application?
Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Human Resources Department (hrinfo link) by e-mail or phone: (559) 661-5400x8
- What benefits does the City offer?
Many attractive benefits packages are available and are determined by a position’s bargaining unit. The recruitment flyer will offer a summary of benefits and indicate which bargaining unit represents the position. More detailed bargaining agreements that explain benefits in more detail can be found on our Memorandum of Understanding page.
- How can I obtain verification of employment?
Requests for verification of employment should be faxed to the HR Department’s confidential fax at (559) 673-1655.