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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Disposing of Used Motor Oil

Used motor oil can be cleaned and recycled directly into new lubricating oils. Disposing of it in sewers or garbage pollutes the land or Bay, and carries substantial fines. The oil and metal in oil filters can also be recycled.

There are 9 convenient recycling locations in Berkeley for people who change their own oil. Each of them will pay you for your oil, or provide a coupon for new purchases. Your oil must be in containers of 5 gallons or smaller, and have a screw-top lid. Some centers also accept oil filters and anti-freeze.

Please bring only motor oil or hydraulic fluid: no brake fluid, antifreeze, solvents or other substances. Use these facilities only if you change oil in your own vehicles or for your own business' vehicles. If you are in business changing oil for others, you must contract with a private hauler, listed under "oil” in your phone directory. 

Other Household Hazardous Wastes

Alameda County residents and small businesses can use the Alameda County Hazardous Waste Disposal facility. There is no charge. Batteries, paint, pesticides, solvents, cleaning fluids, and other hazardous materials do not belong in household trash or down the drain, because they can pollute water supplies. To properly dispose of these materials call 800-606-6606 or www.stopwaste.org to find out when you can bring your items to their North Oakland location. 

Non-Hazardous Alternative Products: Call The Berkeley Ecology Center at (510) 548-2220 for information on alternatives to using hazardous products.

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