This "One-Stop Shop" is a clearinghouse of various useful city resources in an easy-to-navigate format.

Table of Contents



News Scan:  A compilation of articles from various news sources in reference to Berkeley

City of Berkeley News:  News put out by the City of Berkeley

Community Calendar:  A list of various events and activities going on throughout the City

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City Clerk

City Council:  Meeting agendas, minutes and video archives

Online Video Page: Live webcasts and archives from City Council, Rent Stabilization Board and Zoning Adjustments Board

Records Online:  Wondering when Berkeley instituted its ban on polystyrene foam?  September 22nd, 1987.  How did I know that?  I looked it up on the City Clerk’s Records Online feature, an archive of virtual any City document you’d ever want to see.

A Citizen’s Guide to City Council:  A walkthrough of how City Council meetings run, how public comment is conducted, guidelines for submitting written communications, etc.

Election Information

City Council District Maps

Boards and Commissions

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Police News Page

Neighborhood Watch: Nationally, there is about one officer for every 2,000 citizens. Neighborhood Watch increases police effectiveness by having neighbors report suspicious or criminal activity to the police department. Members of Neighborhood Watch get to know their neighbors, learn how to make their homes and property more secure, watch out for each other and their neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions.  At the bottom of the page there is a link to the Neighborhood Watch Packet with great crime prevention tips and a link to some Disaster Preparedness resources.

Berkeley Police Department Online Reporting System:  Please DO NOT report emergencies here…  If there is an emergency call 911 or on a cell phone call 981-5911

Beat Officer Assignments and Beat Map (With Area Coordinator Assignments)

Crime Mapping:  Crime statistics displayed in a easy-to-read visual format.

Police Forms (No Trespassing Form and Vacation Watch Form)

Pay Parking Tickets

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Public Works

Report Graffiti

Report Illegal Dumping

Report a Pothole

Berkeley Recycling Services  A great resource for all your waste needs (particularly for hazardous waste and electronics recycling)

Refuse Collection Schedule & Services Information: Including dumpster service, missed pick-ups and extra pick-ups

Sewer Lateral Program:  Under federal law, the City of Berkeley must reduce the amount of water flowing into its sewer system.  Half of the water that enters the City's sewer during wet weather comes from private property sewer lines, downspouts and yard area drains.  the City recently passed Ordinance No. protect the water quality of our creeks, watersheds and the San Francisco Bay,  which established protocols for private property sewer lines.

You may be affected by this new law if you are planning to either:

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Disaster Preparedness

Office of Emergency Services: Community Emergency Supply Program (Neighborhood Caches) and Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Classes

Berkeley Emergency Notification System (BENS):  Did you know that in an emergency, you could receive a call from the City of Berkeley with recorded information about missing children, hazardous material spills, and other dangerous conditions in your neighborhood?

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Housing and Community Services

List of Childcare Services in Berkeley

Resources for Safe and Decent Housing In Berkeley: The City of Berkeley Housing Department is committed to administering programs that encourage and create safe and decent rental housing in Berkeley, as well as programs that seek to increase and protect access of all Berkeley residents to safe and decent housing as well as to discourage housing discrimination

Berkeley’s Weatherization Services and Minor Home Repair: Energy Office staff can provide free weatherization and minor home repair services.  The programs are funded by LI-HEAP, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the City of Berkeley.  Services vary by program, and include free attic insulation, weatherstripping, water heater blankets, low-flow shower heads, duct insulation, high efficiency lighting, window repairs/replacement, and ceiling fans.  These programs are meant to help you permanently reduce your energy bill, and save you money all year long.

Looking for Housing?

Subsidized Housing in Berkeley: There are a number of nonprofit organizations operating subsidized housing in Berkeley and throughout the East Bay. Eligibility for these apartments is usually based on your family’s size, income, and the apartment size. Some are only for seniors or people with disabilities.

Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program: The purpose of the Seniors and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is to assist very low income senior and disabled homeowners in repairing their homes, to eliminate conditions that pose a threat to their health and safety, and to help preserve the City housing stock.

Homeless Services: Drop-in centers, emergency shelters, meal programs, bathrooms, showers, permanent housing supportive services, transitional housing, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Programs, employment resources, SSI Advocacy

City of Berkeley Shelter Plus Care Program: The Berkeley Shelter Plus Care Program has been an important component of the continuum of care for people who are homeless and disabled.  The Shelter Plus Care Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide housing subsidies to people who are homeless with a disability due to a serious mental illness, chronic drug or alcohol dependence, or HIV/AIDS.  The Program is administered by the Berkeley Housing Department in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Departments’ Mental Health Division and Division on Aging, and several community-based service agencies.  The program combines a rental subsidy with ongoing supportive services to assist chronically homeless individuals and families to obtain and maintain housing.  

Mortgage Foreclosure Crisis Resources

How Do Tenants Deal With Foreclosures?

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The Parcel Conditions and Permit History Application: Provides the development conditions and building permit history for a specific address or parcel number in the City of Berkeley, along with an interactive map, which displays the parcel number and zoning for adjacent parcels.

Plan Check Status: You can use this tool to review the status of your plan check for a building permit application that has been submitted for City review.

List of Current Development Projects

Work that is Exempt from Permits

Planning Forms, Applications and Guidelines

Plan Check Requirement and Schedules

Guide to Public Participation in Land Use Projects

Schedule Inspections

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Block Party Information and Application

Procedure for Requesting Traffic Calming Measures

Parking Information

City of Berkeley Off-Street Parking (Lots and Garages) A great up-to-the-minute transportation resource for traffic and drive times, public transit trip planners, etc.

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Parks, Recreation and Waterfront

City of Berkeley Recreation Activity Guide

Berkeley Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Special Events

Frances Albrier Community Center (In San Pablo Park)

Index of Local Parks

Map of City Parks

Street Tree Planting Program

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Energy and Sustainable Development

Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2):  Starting in summer 2010, the City of Berkeley proposes to offer cash incentives through the Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2) Program to individuals who are interested in increasing the energy efficiency of their home or business.  ME2 for Berkeley is designed to substantially lower the cost of energy efficiency improvements and help you save money on your PG&E bill; improve building comfort, safety, and durability; and reduce your carbon footprint.

Berkeley's Green Scorecard:  The City of Berkeley launched an interactive web-based tool today that presents scorecards on local sustainability trends such as annual energy use, waste disposal, and tree planting in our community.  The website enables residents to, with a few clicks of a mouse, access relevant, up-to-date information about Berkeley’s progress toward its climate action goals.  In addition, the site provides a forum for questions and feedback regarding implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan. 

Green Remodeling Guide

Low-income Assistance

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Public and Mental Health Services

Black Infant Health Program:  The primary goal of the Berkeley Black Infant Health program is to reduce the number of low birth weight infants born to African American women in Berkeley, and increase their chances for a healthier start in life through the following services

Adult Mental Health Services

Nurse of the Day Information and Referral Services

City of Berkeley 2007 Health Status Report

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Senior Services

Activities and Services for Seniors: The Division on Aging offers a variety of free classes, seminars, and social events for adults 55 years of age and older (60 years and older for the lunch program). Currently, more than 1,200 seniors participate in activities held daily at three distinctive neighborhood Centers or in our home-delivered meal program. Our programs attract seniors with diverse backgrounds and interests who frequent the Centers for cultural exchange, meeting with friends, and enjoying delicious noon-time meals. If you have recently retired, or simply want a delightful place to remain active, healthy, and enjoy good fellowship, please visit any or all, of our beautiful Senior Centers, located in North BerkeleySouth Berkeley,  and West Berkeley.

Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program: The purpose of the Seniors and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is to assist very low income senior and disabled homeowners in repairing their homes, to eliminate conditions that pose a threat to their health and safety, and to help preserve the City housing stock.

Tri-Center Café Menus (Cafes located in the City’s 3 senior centers)

Meals on Wheels Menu Page

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Rent Stabilization Board

Security Deposit Interest Information and Calculator: The Berkeley Rent Stabilization Ordinance requires landlords to pay tenants interest on their security deposits while being held by the landlord.

Guide to Rent Control

Habitability, Repairs and Inspections - Useful Links

Research Reports

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Library Resources

Tool Lending Library:  Offers thousands of tools free to Berkeley residents and people who own property in Berkeley.

Library Services and Resources:  Berkeley Public Library Catalog, Online Resources, Reading Suggestions, Art and Music Collections, Literacy Programs, Disability Resources and Multilingual Resources

Booking A Meeting Room

Pay Library Fines

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