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In March 2016, the City Council of the City of Santa Monica adopted Ordinance No. 2511 (CCS) establishing Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Chapter 4.85 requiring lobbyists to register with the City Clerk's Office. Pursuant to SMMC Section 4.85.010, “Lobbyist” means any individual who receives economic consideration as the employee, representative or contract of a person or entity other than the City of Santa Monica for communicating with any official or employee of the City for the purpose of influencing a legislative or administrative action. For purposes of Chapter 4.85, “Lobbyist” does not include City contractors and those seeking city contracts through bids and proposals.
Lobbyist shall annually register with the City Clerk, no later than ten days after qualifying as a Lobbyist. Registration is valid through June 30th and must be renewed annually.
Effective September 19, 2016 - Lobbyist Registration Fees are as follows:
Lobbyist Registration - $40
Annual Renewal Fee - $25
Amendments to Existing Registration - $25
Addendums - no charge
These fees are established by City Council Resolution No. 10983 (CCS) and may be adjusted periodically.
• Registration Form
• Lobbyist Registration Addendum - Update existing client information including governmental decisions, lobbyists
and/or officials contacted.
• Lobbyist Registration Regulations - Initial registration period has ended and the first renewal period is on July 2017.
• Lobbyist Ordinance
• Registered Lobbyists - Log is posted and updated as new forms are filed.
For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 458-8211.
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