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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     

 Open Government Commission

If you have additional questions, please contact the City Clerk Department at: 

(510) 981-6908  or 

email: elections@cityofberkeley.info   


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