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Santa Monica City Hall
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1685 Main Street, Room 102
PO Box 2200
Santa Monica, CA 90407

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Lobbyist Registration

Due to the COVID-19 closure of City Hall, Lobbyist Forms are being processed remotely and applicable fees may be paid by credit by filing out a Credit Authorization Form or by check. Please email or mail completed Lobbyist and Authorization forms/checks to the address on the form or to for processing. For questions, call (310) 458-8211 or email us.

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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 City action.  For purposes of Chapter 4.85, “Lobbyist” does not include City contractors, those seeking city contracts through bids and proposals, and when lobbying at public meetings.

Lobbyist shall annually register with the City Clerk, no later than 10 days after qualifying as a Lobbyist.  Registration is valid through June 30th and must be renewed annually.

Effective July 1, 2017 - Lobbyist Registration Fees are as follows:

Lobbyist Registration - $95
Annual Renewal Fee - $54
Amendments to Existing Registration - $54
Addendums - No charge

These fees are established by City Council Resolution No. 11051 (CCS) and may be adjusted periodically.

• Registration Form - Also used for Amendments and Renewals.
• Addendum Form - Update existing client information including governmental decisions, lobbyists and/or officials contacted.
Regulations - Administrative rules issued by the City Clerk's Office

Fiscal Year  Registration Log  Registration Forms
2016-2017 Log Forms
2017-2018 Log Forms
2018-2019    Log Forms
2019-2020        Log      Forms
2020-2021 Log Forms
2021-2022    Log Forms

Log and Applications are updated as new forms are filed and retained for two years.  

For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (310) 458-8211.

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Last updated: 7/13/2021
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