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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What do I need to know if I am part of the media?

With its rich history in the Free Speech movement, the City of Berkeley is, and remains, committed to allowing the public to peacefully assemble.  Unfortunately, some of the participants in demonstrations may resort to criminal activity.  Acts of violence, oftentimes, lead to a chaotic environment for officers as well.  Because of this, it can be difficult for line officers to quickly differentiate demonstrators from members of the media who need access to the location.

We value your safety as you cover important events in our community and want you to be safe while you do your work.  With this in mind, the Berkeley Police Department would like you to consider these personal safety measures when you cover demonstrations:

  • Officers in the area may not be able to ensure your safety.
  • Have your media credentials clearly visible for officers.
  • Try to cover the event from the side of any established police lines.
  • If that is not possible, ask an officer to be let through the police line to cover the incident from behind the police officers.  For even better results, ask a police supervisor.
  • If you experience difficulty getting the access and freedom of movement you require, contact the Department's Public Information Officer for assistance.
  • If you are photographing or video recording in the midst of violent and assaultive activity, consider moving away from the situation to a safer place.


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