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.

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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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As temperatures rise, wildfire risk increases

Berkeley, California (Monday, June 05, 2017) - As summer begins, Berkeley hills residents should remove vegetation from around their homes to create safe, defensible space that can help protect their homes from wildfire. 

Residents can also get ready for potential wildfires by using City resources, including online preparation guides, vegetation pick-up services in the hills and a workshop Thursday at Northbrae Community Church:

Wildfire Preparedness Forum
Thursday June 8 at 7:15 p.m.
Northbrae Community Church
941 The Alameda 
Berkeley, CA 94707 

To protect homes near wildland areas, residents should

  • Clear shrubs away from the sides of their homes;
  • Prune branches and anything hanging over or growing within ten feet of chimneys and stovepipes; and
  • Clear their property of leaves, pinecones and dead tree branches.

The Fire Department has created a detailed guide on protecting your home.

The City helps hills residents safely remove flammable plant debris by hauling vegetation placed in compostable bags from the side of the road.  View the Forestry Division's brochure to see bagging instructions, a list of neighborhoods served and the collection schedule that starts June 5. The City crew will also be chipping branches in affected neighborhoods.

In the event of a fire in the hills, having an evacuation plan can be critical. Decide on evacuation routes, meeting places, and create communication plans using the City's Wildfire Evacuation page.




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