Request, track and get notified
Berkeley, California (Monday, December 06, 2021) - Use an online portal to request public records from the City, track their progress, receive email updates and download the sought-after documents.
You can also use the portal to search for and view all requests entered into the portal.
By coordinating all the aspects of the records request process through one web portal, the goal is to make the process easier and more transparent.
Use the City of Berkeley's NextRequest portal:
An account will be created for you when you submit your first request. After you submit a request, you will be prompted to set up a password, and NextRequest will send an email with a confirmation link.
Use this tool in addition to our other resources, such as Records Online, which provides a wealth of records reflecting the City's legislative history as well as contracts, voter information pamphlets dating to 1945, and selected election results dating back to 1917.
Request from specific departments or multiple
You can make your request regardless of whether you know which department might hold the relevant document.
You can request records from a specific department or you can select “multi-department.” If you don’t know where the records might be, select “City Clerk.”
Once you submit a request, it will be routed directly to the Department that was selected to search for responsive records. City staff will respond through the portal, and you will be able to track the progress of your request. If you are not receiving the email notifications, check your spam/junk folder.
Staff also are available to help
For assistance with entering your request in Next Request, general public records questions, or alternate ways to submit a request, contact the City Clerk Department:
City Clerk Department
2180 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
The City will determine whether it has disclosable records within ten days after receiving your request. Please be aware that certain records kept by the City may not be disclosed because the records are exempt from disclosure by law.
This public records website is also part of Berkeley's larger Strategic Plan efforts to improve customer service in all the ways we serve our residents and businesses, including making more services available online.
Use our NextRequest portal to make your public records act request.