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Welcome to the City of Los Banos!

Whether you are new to the City of Los Banos or you have been a long-time resident, we are pleased that you have chosen our community as a place to live, work, and grow. If you are new to Los Banos, welcome!

In this section you will find helpful information for the residents of the City of Los Banos. Please refer to the links on the left for the information contained in this section.

Building Permits

The City of Los Banos now offers Building access to permits on-line. These are save the permit a trip to city hall and have an opportunity to obtain them and fill them out at your leisure. You still MUST file the application at the Building Department during normal business hours.

Application for Building Permit

Application for Re-roofing Permit

Application for Encroachment Permit

Historic Photo Gallery

This photo gallery contains historic images from around Los Banos, courtesy of the Milliken Museum. Henry Miller 1904 Butchering meat for May Day festivities

Bank of Italy (Located at the southwest corner of Sixth/I Streets) Present day location of San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority

Miller & Lux Canal Farm Headquarters The building to the left was the Superintendent’s sleeping quarters (present day Espana’s Restaurant). The dining room was located in the center building. The building to the right was the sleeping quarters for the store clerks, surveyors, etc.

First National Bank 1930s Located at 830 Sixth Street and built in the early 1900s, this building later became known as the Bank of Italy or Bank of Los Banos and was one of the very few buildings to survive the 1919 fire. (present day Miller & Lux building)

May Day Parade 1915 (At the intersection of Sixth/I streets, looking west down I Street) Buggies and surreys were on the sidelines as the new invention of the automobile took the spotlight.

Miller & Lux Department Store 1895 (Located at the southwest corner of Sixth/I Streets) Built in 1889, this was the first significant building in Los Banos. (present day location of Los Banos Enterprise)

L.P. Raven Shop 1902 Located east of City Hall on J Street

Los Banos Hotel 1889/90 (Located at the northwest corner of Sixth/I Streets) This building burned down in the 1919 fire (present day location of Bank of America)

Los Banos Opera House (Located at the northeast corner of Sixth/I Streets) Built in 1903 and burned down in the 1919 fire, the Opera House was located on the second floor and the U.S. Post Office along with retail stores were located on the first floor. (present day location of San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority)

Los Banos Train Depot early 1900s (Located at Sixth/H Streets) Built in 1889, the “Owl Train” operated between San Francisco and Los Angeles. (present day location of the Henry Miller Plaza)

Bank of Los Banos pre-1900s (Located at the southeast corner of Sixth/I Streets) The tower was later removed. (former location of The Peppermill)

Fairgrounds Dance Pavilion early 1900s Present day location of the Los Banos Fairgrounds

Milliken Museum

We have relied on information written by the late Ralph L. Milliken and excerpts from old articles from the Los Banos Enterprise to compile the history as it appears within our website. For more complete historical data, the City of Los Banos refers our readers to the Milliken Museum which was renamed from Los Banos Historical Museum in honor of the long time curator. The Milliken Museum is located at 905 Pacheco Boulevard and may be reached by calling (209) 826-5505. They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Utility Billing

Department Hours: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

The Finance Department provides customer utility billing services for water, sewer, and garbage. To start services, please contact the Finance Department in person at City Hall located at 520 J Street or by phone at (209) 827-7000. Please make sure that you bring a valid/current government issued photo ID. If you are a homeowner, you will need to bring proof of ownership (ex. Grant Deed, HUD-1 Settlement Statement, etc.). If you are a tenant, you will need to bring in a copy of your rental/lease agreement.

The City of Los Banos offers its residents the ability to pay their utility bill online with a credit card. We accept payments using Visa or MasterCard. Payment processing is done through MerchantTransact. There is no service fee to make a transaction. If your payment is made before 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, payment will be posted to your account the same business day. For payments made after 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, payment will be posted to your account the following business day. For each payment, you will receive a confirmation number. Please record the confirmation number and keep for your records.

If you would like to pay your utility bill online, please click the following link ( This will take you to the MerchantTransact website. You will need to have your account number and billing information as it appears on your bill.

You may also pay your utility bill by phone with a Visa or MasterCard by calling (888) 745-0706. For answers to questions regarding utility services (water, sewer and garbage collection) please contact the Finance Department at (209) 827-7000.

Government Channel

Government Channel On Television
Scheduled live broadcasts of the City Council meetings are on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. Replays air on Sundays and Tuesdays at 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

The most recent Merced County Supervisors board meeting is replayed every Saturday at 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Los Banos Unified School District Board Meetings are broadcast live on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., with replays airing on Mondays and Fridays at 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Note: The School Board Meeting airing schedule is subject to change. Visit their web site to see if there has been a change.

When meetings are not televised, a bulletin board of City announcements is aired on the Government Channel. Special programming is typically announced through this bulletin board.

Government Channel Online – YouTube
The live broadcast of the Government Channel, as well as archives of recent City Council meetings, are available through the City of Los Banos YouTube Channel.

Click here to Watch the Government Channel from the City of Los Banos YouTube Channel

Contact State and Local Officials

Merced County Supervisor Scott Silveira
Merced County Supervisor, District Five

2222 M Street
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 385-7366
Fax (209) 726-7977

Assemblymember Adam Gray

Capitol Office:
State Capitol
PO Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0021
Tel: (916) 319-2021
Fax: (916) 319-2121

District Office:
690 West 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340
Tel: (209) 726-5465
Fax: (209) 726-5469

Senator Anna Caballero

Capitol Office:
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4012
Fax: (916) 651-4912

District Office:
1640 N Street, Suite 210
Merced, CA 95340
Phone: (209) 726-5495
Fax: (209) 726-5498

Congressman Jim Costa

Capitol Office:
2081 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3341

District Office:
2222 M Street
Merced, CA 95340
(209) 384-1620

Senator Kamala Harris

Capitol Office:
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Fax: (202) 224-2200

District Office:
501 I Street, Suite 7-800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 448-2787
Fax: (202) 228-3865

District Office:
2500 Tulare Street, Suite 5290
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 497-5109
Fax: (202) 228-3864

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Capitol Office:
331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax: (202) 228-3954
TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501