What is a lobbyist?
As defined in Section 2-653 of the Code of the City of
Miami, "Lobbyist" means all paid persons, firms,
corporations employed or retained by a principal who
seeks to encourage the passage, defeat, or modification
of any ordinance, resolution, action or decision of the
city commission; or any resolution, action, decision or
recommendation of any city board or committee; or any
action, decision, or recommendation of the city manager
during the time period of the entire decision-making
process on such action, decision or recommendation which
foresee ably will be reviewed by the city commission, or
a city board or committee.
How do I register?
Prior to engaging in any lobbying activities, you must
submit to the Office of the City Clerk ALL of the
1. A completed
Lobbyist Registration Form
2. A certificate of completion of an ethics course
provided by Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics &
Public Trust or the City of Miami completed no more than
one (1) year prior to registering.
The Lobbyist Ethics
Course is provided by the Miami-Dade County Commission on
Ethics and Public Trust. Please call (305) 579-2594 or visit:
for additional information regarding the ethics course.
3. All applicable fees. Payment is received in cash or
check. Checks must be made payable to the "City of
Miami" and may be mailed or delivered to the Office of
the City Clerk located at 3500 Pan American Drive,
Miami, FL 33133.
What if I am lobbying on behalf of a non-profit
Any person appearing as a representative of a not for
profit corporation without special compensation or
reimbursement for the appearance, whether direct,
indirect, or contingent, shall complete the appropriate
registration forms but will not be required to pay any
Is anyone exempt from having to
The following individuals are not required to
register as lobbyists:
1. Any person who only appears in his or her
individual capacity for the purpose of
self-representation without compensation or
reimbursement, whether direct, indirect, or
contingent to express support or opposition to any
2. Any public officer, employee, or appointee who
only appears in his or her official capacity.
What do I do if I am no longer lobbying for a
Notice of Withdrawal form must be submitted to the
Office of the City Clerk.
Is there any other information that must be disclosed
by a lobbyist?
Yes, an annual
Expenditure Report must be filed with the
Office of the City Clerk by January 15th of each
calendar year. All registered lobbyists must submit this
report even if the lobbyist has incurred no expenses on
behalf of his/her client during the reporting period.
Failure to do so will result in a $25.00 fine.
If you have any further questions you may contact the
Office of the City Clerk by telephone at 305-250-5360 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lobbyist Information in the City Charter and Code