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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REDUCE YOUR UNPAID GAS AND ELECTRIC BILL DEBT BY UP TO $8,000
Sign up before September 30, when utility disconnections can resume

Berkeley, California (Friday, September 10, 2021) - Sign up soon for a new state program to help reduce up to $8,000 in unpaid balances on your PG&E bill - and keep your power on after Sept. 30, the last day of a statewide ban on disconnecting gas and electricity.

If you have unpaid bills of at least $500 that are at least three months overdue, the program only requires you to pay your current usage going forward for the next 12 months.

With each on-time payment, 1/12th of your past bill is forgiven. Your power stays on and up to $8,000 of your debt will be cleared.

East Bay Community Energy and PG&E residential customers should sign up before Sept. 30 by calling (800) 743-5000. Learn more about this plan, which is known as the Arrearage Management Plan, on PG&E's website.

Eligibility requirements to qualify

The plan is open to residential customers who meet all the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Are enrolled in one of PG&E's financial assistance programs, CARE or FERA
  • Owe at least $500 or more on their gas and electric bill
  • Are more than 90 days past due
  • Are a current PG&E customer of at least six months and have made at least one on-time payment

Please note: Solar net energy metering, master-metered customers, and master-metered customers with sub-metered tenants are currently not eligible to participate.

On Oct. 1, utility disconnections from unpaid bills can resume

During the pandemic, the California Public Utilities Commission directed utilities, including PG&E, to stop disconnecting customers who cannot pay their bills. This moratorium ends on September 30.

Energy customers in Berkeley will need to begin paying outstanding balances or risk having their service disconnected.

Sign up today by calling (800) 743-5000 to catch up on your unpaid electric and gas bills and avoid service disruption!

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