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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Obtaining Information & Records: Tools to Assist You in Requesting Information

The City provides several tools and resources to assist you in preparing your request for information and  records.  If you know which department maintains the information you are interested in, contact that department directly.  If you are not sure which department maintains the information you are seeking, you can use the records retention schedule or alphabetical listing of city services as finding aids.  If you need additional assistance, please contact City Center (510) 981-CITY (2489) and someone will help refer you to the appropriate department.

Department Contact Information 
If you know which department maintains the information you are interested in, contact that department directly. 

Records Retention Schedule 
The City of Berkeley’s Records Retention Schedule identifies records maintained by each department of the city.  Each schedule was prepared in consultation with individual departments.  We inventory city records and update the schedule with new information periodically.  The schedule identifies retention periods for each type of record and whether the record, based on retention criteria, is likely to be located in off-site storage.  Please contact the City Clerk Department with any questions or assistance needed navigating the City’s Records Retention Schedule.

Records Online 
Berkeley Records Online is a Web-based resource that allows users to access City documents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Alphabetical Listing of Departments and Services
Another way to locate information and records you are seeking is to review the city services directory to identify department functions and programs and contact that department with your request.

Additional Assistance Requesting Information or Records
If you have a general idea regarding the information you are interested in obtaining and need assistance narrowing your request, please contact the City Clerk Department and someone will help direct you to the appropriate department. 

 

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