The City of Pismo Beach is a general law city, governed by a City Council / City Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of 5 members, selected through a municipal election to serve a 4 year term, the Mayor serves a 2 year term. Each member must be a registered voter in the city. Each member represents the interests of the city as a whole.
The City Manager provides coordination of and direction to the departments of the city, provides information to the City Council identifying community issues and needs, prepares reports and analysis to assist the City Council in making policy decisions, and administers personnel, labor relations, and risk management functions.