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.

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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.

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CELEBRATE 4TH OF JULY SAFELY - DO NOT USE FIREWORKS
Grizzly Peak Boulevard will be closed to non-resident traffic all day July 4

Berkeley, California (Monday, June 28, 2021) - Help keep our community safe this 4th of July by avoiding any use of fireworks within the city, especially in the Berkeley hills.

When fireworks are not handled by professionals, they can cause severe injuries and start fires. That’s a particular concern in the Berkeley hills, where fires can ignite and spread quickly - a threat that is heightened this year due to severe drought conditions across the state.

Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Panoramic Way closed to non-residents on July 4

Starting 5am July 4, Grizzly Peak Boulevard will be closed between Centennial Drive and Skyline Boulevard to all traffic except residents traveling to their homes in the area. The closure will last through 6am July 5.

Turn-outs along Grizzly Peak will be closed and no stopping will be allowed. The Lawrence Hall of Science and UC Botanical Gardens will also be closed.

Traffic posts will be in place to prevent thru traffic at:

  • Stadium Rim Way at Centennial
  • Centennial and Grizzly Peak
  • Lomas Cantadas & Grizzly Peak
  • Fish Ranch Rd / Grizzly Peak / Claremont

Personnel will not allow traffic past these points unless they can show residency on Grizzly Peak or in the immediate area. 

This closure is being coordinated in partnership with surrounding agencies including UC Berkeley, the City of Oakland, the East Bay Regional Park District, and Alameda County in order to mitigate fire risk and preserve access for emergency vehicles to respond to any threat quickly.

On July 4, Panoramic Way at Prospect St. will also be closed to non-residents from 5pm to 11pm.  

Fireworks illegal throughout Berkeley

Fireworks - including those marketed as "safe and sane" in neighboring communities - are not allowed in Berkeley. Possession or discharge of any fireworks are also banned in East Bay Regional Parks, including McLaughlin Eastshore State Park bordering the Berkeley Waterfront.

Individuals can be liable for fires caused by fireworks.

If you see illegal fireworks being discharged, please report them to Berkeley Police non-emergency dispatch at (510) 981-5900.

July 4th festival at the Berkeley waterfront canceled

The City's annual festival and fireworks show at the Berkeley Waterfront has been cancelled for 2021.

Note: This message was updated on July 2, 2021 to include Panoramic Way at Prospect Street as another road marked for closure to non-residents on July 4, 2021.

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