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Berkeley’s Lobbyist Registration Act

The Lobbyist Registration Act requires every local governmental lobbyist to register prior to any lobbying activity taking place. A person qualifies as a local governmental lobbyist in the City of Berkeley if the individual: 

  • Receives or is entitled to receive one thousand dollars ($1,000) or more in economic consideration in a calendar month (other than reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses) to communicate directly or through agents with any elected or appointed City official or City employee, for the purpose of influencing any proposed or pending governmental action of the City; or

  • Is a salaried employee, officer, or director of a corporation, organization or association, and whose duties include communication directly or through agents with any elected or appointed City official or City employee, for the purpose of influencing any proposed or pending governmental action of the City. 
Lobbyists are required to file quarterly or annual reports which are available to the public through an online portal. A fee of $500 is due with registration. Non-profit organizations are exempt from the fee. Lobbyists must re-register annually.

Lobbyist Registration Act Resources

For more information, please refer to the following resources:

Filer Access Portal

Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 2.09

Lobbyist Manual Background Information, Rules and Procedures

Open Government Commission

Forms for Lobbyists

Lobbyist Registration Form

Lobbyist Registration Act Training

Affirmation of Lobbyist Training

If you have additional questions, please contact the City Clerk Department at (510) 981-6908 elections@cityofberkeley.info.

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