COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

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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CANDIDATE PETITIONS AVAILABLE FOR SIGNATURES IN LIEU OF FILING FEES
New COVID-19 safety protocols protect candidates, voters, and staff

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 28, 2020) - Candidates running for local office in the November 3 election can begin collecting signatures from registered voters to offset campaign filing fees starting Friday, May 29.

In Berkeley, each candidate for city council, mayor, rent stabilization board commissioner, and school board director must pay a filing fee of $150. Candidates may offset this fee by submitting a petition containing signatures of Berkeley registered voters. The filing fee will be reduced by $1 for each verified signature.

The submission of petitions in lieu of candidate filing fee is voluntary and is an option to reduce or eliminate the required $150 candidate filing fee.

The deadline to submit petitions is 5pm on Thursday, July 23.

Obtaining petitions

Petitions are issued by appointment only. In-person and electronic appointments are available Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. To make an appointment, email elections@cityofberkeley.info of call (510) 981-6908.

For details on petition issuance and filing, see the City Clerk's candidate protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic for signatures in lieu of filing fee.

COVID-19 safety protocols

For the safety of both candidates and staff, we have instituted a new protocols for conducting business in-person at the City Clerk's office.

  • All visitors must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth
  • Only two people may attend in-person appointments, including the candidate
  • Everyone must maintain a 6-foot distance from others
  • Tables, doorknobs, chairs, and pens will be sanitized between appointments

Additionally, petitions will have only five signature lines per page to limit the number of voters handling each document.

Guidance and information regarding the candidate nomination period and updates related to city ballot measures will be posted at a later date.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/elections for more information about the November 3, 2020 election, including campaign committee forms, the elections calendar, and candidate handbook.

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