City & County Government Offices with Historical Records

Fresno City business licenses available at:

Business Licenses office, Room 1098
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno St.
Fresno, Ca
Phone (559) 498-1351, fax 498-2544.

There is an online searchable database of current city business licenses. Older information is available by visiting the office.

Fresno city historic preservation: The City of Fresno's Historic Preservation Program has web pages which give details on the City's preservation ordinance, commission, and current preservation activities, along with a set of related links.

Fresno City house plans/building permits available at:

The Public Counter, Development Department, 3rd Floor
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno St.
Fresno, Ca
Phone (559) 621-8084 or (559) 621-8082.

The records are listed by address; some are on microfilm, and architectural information is often available in the files. A Web page with more information about the Development Department's records is available.

Fresno City street name origins:

Contact the Public Works Department, Room 4016
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno St.
Fresno, Ca
Phone (559) 621-8650.

Fresno County elections:

The Fresno County Clerk/Elections page has official results from recent elections.

Fresno County recorded documents:

The Recorder's Office also provides a searchable online database of recorded documents (affidavits, financial statements, liens, official notices, etc.) filed in the County of Fresno since January 1, 1981.

Fresno County Superior Court:

Maintains court case files less than five years old at its office on the

4th Floor of the Fresno County Courthouse,
1100 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, Ca
Phone 559-488-2708.

Older records (1880-present) are available at the Archives,

1963 E St.
Fresno, Ca
Phone 559-457-4903.

The oldest Fresno County records (1856-1879) are in storage, but may be consulted by contacting the Fresno City and County Historical Society.

Fresno County vital statistics:

The Fresno County Recorder's Office Hall of Records,

2281 Tulare St., Room 302, Fresno;
Documents 559-600-3471
Vital Records 559-600-3476
Has certificates available for births, deaths and marriages which occurred within the county.

Fresno County Sheriff's Department:

Has some data of historical interest, including a photo gallery of early sheriffs.