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Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts.

Berkeley is a constantly changing mix of long-time residents and new neighbors, and whether you just arrived from Albany or Azerbaijan, you are welcome here.

Please visit About Berkeley to learn more about the City.

Zerowaste Pickup Schedule - There will be some minor changes to refuse collection for those who get scheduled pickups on Thanksgiving, Christmas or the days after those holidays.  [more...]

Half Marathon on Sunday: street closure and bus route information - More than 5,000 people on Sunday will be running a half marathon through Berkeley, so whether you're cheering them on or enjoying a beautiful weekend, please be aware of the street closures, re-routed bus routes or altered parking restrictions. [more...]

As Public Health Prepares for Emergencies, So Should You - Berkeley Public Health and other Bay Area health departments are participating in a statewide drill on November 19, 2015 to better prepare their communities for health emergencies. [more...]

Berkeleyans Continue to Cut Greenhouse Emissions - The Berkeley community reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 9% between 2000 and 2013, despite increasing its population by 14 percent.The state of California, by comparison, reduced emissions by 2% during the same time period. [more...]

Affordable Housing Workshop Saturday - Come hear from local experts this Saturday and learn the nuts and bolts about what it takes to create affordable housing. [more...]

Berkeleyan's activism offers glimpse at the power of Open Data - See the potential of open data by looking at one Berkeleyan's creation, an interactive visualization of the Berkeley city budget data for every year from 2013 through 2017. [more...]

Echo Lake Camp Registration - Berkeley residents can start registering Monday November 9 for Echo Lake family camp, which continues traditions built through generations of campers amidst the beauty of the High Sierras. [more...]

Photo contest: show the Berkeley you love! - Show us photos of the Berkeley you love. We will display and credit winning photos on our home page. [more...]

Learn About New Incentives for Seismic Upgrades - The state of California will soon start offering incentives of up to $3,000 to strengthen homes and make them safer from earthquakes. [more...]

Hundreds of Affordable Units Preserved Through City Funding, Programs - The City of Berkeley helped fund the renovations completed this Fall of nearly 200 affordable housing units, apartments that will now be kept accessible to low-income families for decades to come. [more...]

Closed Measles Case Offers a Lens into Public Health - The confirmation of a measles case in Berkeley on August 31 prompted concern and significant outreach because the virus is highly infectious. After six weeks without another incident, the case was closed, offering reassurance but also a lens into how a strong public health system works for you.  [more...]

Loans to help small businesses - Merchants who don't qualify for traditional loans can apply to the City of Berkeley's Revolving Loan Fund, which provides access to capital to help build out leased space, retain jobs and grow their business.  [more...]

Soft Story Retrofits Increasing Berkeley's Resilience - Using City ordinances, inspections and other tools, the City of Berkeley has more than halved the number of apartment buildings whose first floors make them particularly vulnerable to an earthquake.  [more...]

Assess Your Home's Energy, Get a Rebate - Getting information about your home's energy use can lead to increased comfort and lower costs -- especially with a $200 rebate available for a limited time. [more...]

Access Council Agendas, A Guide to City Government - Want to know about all the work happening on your behalf in the City of Berkeley?  Look no further than the City Council Agenda, which lists scores of issues, from current projects and discussions of city priorities to policies being considered by the City Council. [more...]

As Electric Cars' Popularity Grows, Berkeley Makes Charging Easier - The City of Berkeley makes it easy for electric vehicle owners to install charging stations in garages, on driveways, or as a last resort, in front yards or at curbs. [more...]

Get Extra Bags for Garbage, Green Waste - If you occasionally have extra garbage or plant debris, you can buy special bags from the City that will get collected on your regular garbage days. [more...]

Get Trained to Teach About the Bay - Get trained on the ecology of the Bay so that you can share that knowledge with children and adults. [more...]

Financing for Seismic Safety and Energy Efficiency Improvements - Berkeley property owners can finance seismic improvements as well as renewable energy systems and energy and water conservation measures under an innovative and recently expanded program. [more...]

Bulky Waste Pickup - The City of Berkeley offers those living in single family homes and others the chance to have curbside collection of bulky waste - the couches, furniture or other objects that don't fit in a garbage can. [more...]

Free Solar Planning - For those interested in running their home or business using sunshine, Berkeley provides free advice on solar energy options, project planning, bid comparison, permitting and financing. [more...]

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Upcoming Events
Nov 30City Council Agenda Committee Meeting
Nov 30Zero Waste Commission Meeting
Dec 1City Council Meeting (live webcast avail)
Dec 1City Council Special Worksession (live webcast avail)
Dec 2Disaster and Fire Safety Commission Meeting
Dec 2Planning Commission Meeting

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PLEASE NOTE: City of Berkeley services are sometimes not available on holidays or Reduced Services Days throughout the year. Please visit the Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule to see the full schedule of office closures for the current calendar year.