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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 following:

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 organization?

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 registration fees.

Is anyone exempt from having to register?

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 item.

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 particular client?

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 newan@miamigov.com.

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