About LAFCO

Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs) are tasked by the California Legislature with providing regional growth management services in all 58 counties.  LAFCOs’ duties and powers have increasingly expanded since their creation in 1963 through ongoing legislation in step with changes in planning practices in California.  The substantive result is the delineation of two distinct LAFCO responsibilities: regulating the physical development of cities, towns, and special districts and their municipal service areas as well as informing such decisions through various planning activities.  Funding for LAFCOs are legislatively prescribed and primarily drawn from proceeds collected from local agencies.