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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.

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...]

Free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Oct. 11 - Berkeley residents can make their homes safer and cleaner by taking advantage of a free household hazardous waste drop-off day at Golden Gate Fields. [more...]

Check Your Home for Working Smoke Alarms - All residents should check that they have working smoke alarms - an extremely effective, lifesaving device - in several areas of their homes, especially inside bedrooms and the hallways outside them. [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...]

Emergency Preparedness Events for Households, Neighborhoods - Get involved this October in number of activities to prepare yourself, your household and your neighborhood for emergencies, a critical step in a region threatened by wildfires and earthquakes. [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...]

City of Berkeley Job Openings - Come work for the City of Berkeley to be part of a committed team and to serve an engaging community! [more...]

New Online Bicycle Parking Map - Use the City of Berkeley’s new online bicycle parking map to find lockers, racks, corrals or Bike Stations to park your bicycle. Use it also to suggest places where the City can place more racks!  [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...]

Open Data Portal Launched - The City of Berkeley has launched an Open Data portal for the public to download, examine and create new uses for public data.  [more...]

Information Abounds in the Clerk's Public Room - Use the City Clerk Department's Public Room to research all types of information related to the business of the City. [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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Office Closure

City of Berkeley offices will be closed on Friday, October 09, 2015 as a cost-savings measure. Some City services may be available. Please visit the Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule for more information. Additional days of office closure:

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