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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 Election Information: Petition Guidelines

If you are considering circulating a petition to place a city measure on the ballot, or to circulate a referendum petition, please review the guidelines below prior to starting the process. 

Petition Guidelines

Charter Amendment Petitions (PDF, 329 KB)
The City Charter may only be amended or changed by a vote of the people.  The regulations and number of required signatures for a charter amendment are different than the Initiative or Referendum process.

Initiative Ordinance Petitions (PDF, 311 KB)
An Initiative petition is used to add a new law to the Berkeley Municipal Code, or change an existing law in the BMC.

Referendum Petition (PDF, 388 KB)
A Referendum petition is used when voters wish to prevent a new law from going in to effect.  A referendum petition may not be started until the city council has taken an official action.

Recall Petition (PDF, 146 KB) 
Voters may use the Recall process to remove an elected official from office.  There are certain restrictions on when and how often a recall petition may be initiated or filed.  

Withdrawal of Voter Signature from Petition (PDF, 95 KB)
Any voter who has signed an initiative or referendum petition may submit a request to have their signature removed from the petition.  The request must be filed the day before the proponents file their petitions with the City Clerk.

Election activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Election activities such as signature gathering are considered Essential Governmental Functions and are permitted during the Berkeley Health Officer's shelter in place order. If you are gathering signatures for election related purposes, or conducting other election activities, you may wish to download a public advisory for use during those activities.

Using PDF files

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