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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Berkeley’s Lobbyist Registration Act

The Berkeley City Council adopted the Lobbyist Registration Act  (Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 2.09) on October 2, 2018.  Beginning on January 1, 2020, every local governmental lobbyist must register prior to any lobbying activity taking place. A person qualifies as a local governmental lobbyist in the City of Berkeley if the individual: 

  • Receives or is entitled to receive one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in economic consideration in a calendar month (other than reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses) to communicate directly or through agents with any elected or appointed City official or City employee, for the purpose of influencing any proposed or pending governmental action of the City; or

  • Is a salaried employee, officer, or director of a corporation, organization or association, and whose duties include communication directly or through agents with any elected or appointed City official or City employee, for the purpose of influencing any proposed or pending governmental action of the City. 
Lobbyists are required to file quarterly or annual reports which are available to the public through an online portal provided through the City’s website. A fee of $500 is due upon initial registration. Non-profit organizations are exempt from the fee. Lobbyists must re-register annually.    

For more information, please refer to the following resources: 

          Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 2.09

 Lobbyist Manual Background Information, Rules and Procedures

 Lobbyist Registration Act Training

 Open Government Commission

 Online Filing Portal

Lobbyist Registration Act Forms: 

Lobbyist Registration Form 
Training Affirmation of Lobbyist Training 
If you have additional questions, please contact the City Clerk Department at: 
 (510) 981-6908  or 
 email: elections@cityofberkeley.info   

 


 
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