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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PG&E has canceled plans for power shutoff in Alameda County

Berkeley, California (Monday, November 18, 2019) - A red flag warning has been issued for the hills of Berkeley and much of the East Bay, meaning that people need to avoid taking actions that could cause sparks and start fire.

These  National Weather Service red flag conditions - including low humidity and increased winds - are expected to start at 4am Wednesday Nov. 20 to 7am Thursday Nov. 21.

Use extreme caution when operating BBQs, power equipment or other heat sources such as idling cars. Remember that fireworks are always completely forbidden in Berkeley and surrounding areas. These steps can help prepare for and prevent fires.

While PG&E has announced a Public Safety Power Shutoff for parts of the East Bay, it appears that almost all the affected Berkeley mailing addresses are properties within the Oakland city limits. We are waiting on confirmation of this information from PG&E. The UC Berkeley campus may be affected.  (11/19 UPDATE: PG&E has announced that there will not be a power shutoff in Alameda County on Wednesday.)

However, wind, weather and fire danger can change quickly. To ensure that PG&E alerts you about power shutoff notifications, sign up for notification www.pge.com/psps and click on links for "update your contact information." PG&E also provides a specific address lookup tool, which offers a precise way to find out if your property is affected. 

Now is a great time to:

  • Sign up for AC Alert. Make sure that everyone in your home is registered for AC Alert, the City's emergency notification service.
  • Review your household's evacuation routes. Make sure to plan at least two routes away from your neighborhood. During an evacuation you many not be able to drive, so consider using the network of Berkeley Path Wanderers paths in your evacuation plans. Residents should be prepared to evacuate quickly if needed. See cityofberkeley.info/wildfire for evacuation information and download our  printable evacuation checklist.
  • Park off-street. Use your driveway or garage, leaving streets clear for emergency vehicles.

Take steps to prepare and keep your household safe during this Red Flag Warning.


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