Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – City Attorney


  1. How do I file a claim against the City?

    You may download and complete the claim form by clicking on this link, Claim Form and Instructions. You may also pick up a claim form and instructions from the City Clerk's office.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING TOW CLAIMS HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF MAY 2017; THE CLAIM FORM IS FILLABLE.

  2. Where do I serve a lawsuit against the City of Berkeley?

    The City Clerk is the Agent for Service of Process for the City of Berkeley.  Please contact the City Clerk's office, 2180 Milvia St., 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 981-6900  http://www.cityofberkeley.info/clerk/

  3. Should a document subpoena for City records be served on the City Attorney's Office?

    No.  Document subpoenas should be served at the front desk of the City Department that has custody of records that are being requested.  The location of each City Department's front desk is on the City of Berkeley website.  http://www.cityofberkeley.info/

  4. Is this the same office as the District Attorney's Office?

    No.  The Alameda County District Attorney's office handles criminal matters.   The District Attorney's office number is (510) 272-6222.  http://www.alcoda.org/

  5. The Permit Department won't approve my permit.

    If you are having problems with a particular Department, you are encouraged to contact the Director of that Department.  The City Attorney's role is to advise the specific Department, not individuals interacting with the Department.

  6. What can I do about my neighbor's trees that are blocking my view?

    Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 12.45 includes a dispute resolution process for those that feel their views and/or access to light are impacted by the growth of neighboring trees.   The City Attorney's Office does not get involved in disputes between neighbors under the Ordinance.

  7. Can you recommend a lawyer?  I cannot afford an attorney.  Will you represent me in my lawsuit? 

    The City Attorney's Office cannot recommend a lawyer or give a citizen legal advice.   For referrals, you can contact the Lawyer Referral Service sponsored by the State Bar of California at 1-866-442-2529 or 866-44-CA-LAW (toll free in California).  http://www.calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10182  
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