What is a Special District? A Special District is a unit of local government established by residents of an area, within City limits or in unincorporated areas, to provide a specialized service not provided by the County or City. Within California there are approximately 3,400 Special Districts. The authority of a Special District is restricted by its enumerated powers and purposes.

The Bel Marin Keys Community Services District (BMKCSD): The BMKCSD was created via resolution at a meeting held on June 26, 1961, by the Marin County Board of Supervisors BMKCSD Enabling Resolution 6797. The BMKCSD is a non-enterprise Special District, which means that the District derives virtually all its revenue from a percentage of the property taxes collected by the County of Marin. The BMKCSD is a public entity. It is NOT a homeowners association. The BMKCSD is subject to numerous statutory requirements such as public meetings and public contracting laws. The BMKCSD is governed by a five-member Board of Directors elected to a staggered four year term; by voters residing within the boundaries of Bel Marin Keys. All parcels within BMK are subject to Covenant Codes and Restriction (CC&R’s) designed for each unit within Bel Marin Keys. The BMKCSD is subject to all Marin County Ordinances, and a few apply solely to the BMKCSD, such as Title 11-Harbor and Waterways. (

Services Provided: Apart from its approximately 200 acres of waterways, the BMKCSD is responsible for the maintenance of eight parks, four boat ramps/docks, two navigational locks, numerous open spaces, public lighting and levee.

Essential services are provided to residents from other agencies which include water supply, sewage, garbage, fire and police services, public education, libraries and roadway maintenance, and utilities. The total population serviced by the District is approximately 2,500.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Bel Marin Keys Community Services District is to protect and enhance a healthy and unique community by:
-Providing unique services which include street lighting, access to boat ramp and  navigational locks, levees and access to Novato Creek
-Maintain safe water quality of the lagoons for recreation
-Preserve and maintain District-owned parks and open space

The BMKCSD Board of Directors has a responsibility to protect and maintain the interest of the community at large and work to ensure the community’s waterways and facilities are maintained and accessible to its residents.  The BMKCSD Board of Directors hold a regular monthly meeting, which is held typically the third Thursday of every month, and special meetings as required; notifications are posted on the marquee and District office.