Lobbyist Information

This is an informational guide to Chapter 112 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code. Please consult the Cincinnati Municipal Code for further information, and address any questions you may have to the Clerk of Council.

In the broadest sense of the term, "to lobby" is to attempt to influence a councilmember, appointee of the Council, the City Manager, the director of any department listed in the Charter or Administrative Code of the City, or any member of the staff of any public officer or City employee decision maker. A citizen's voluntary opinion regarding a measure under consideration by a councilmember can be considered "lobbying." However, such ordinary activities of citizens who exercise their constitutional right to petition the government or individual members of the government on any matter are separate and distinct from "professional" lobbying, so long as such activities are exclusively the exercise of individual liberty.

A professional lobbyist, also known as a legislative agent or lobbyist, is a person who receives compensation for his or her efforts to influence councilmembers or other city decision makers on behalf of a client or employer. This is a guide for the "professional lobbyist."

These lobbying laws apply only to attempts to influence City of Cincinnati decision makers on the municipal level; the law does not apply to activities involving attempts to influence the decisions of county or state officials.

Lobbyist Handbook

This handbook is provided by the Clerk of Council for the City of Cincinnati. This handbook provides informational guidance to those persons interested in the lobbying laws of the City of Cincinnati. Questions regarding this publication or the Lobbying Laws in general should be directed to the Clerk of Council at 513-352-3248.

Lobbyist Registration Forms

Lobbyist registration statements must be filed with the Clerk of Council.

Chapter 112 Of The Municipal Code

Chapter 112 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code, as passed by City Council on May 21, 1997.

General Questions

Find answers to general questions about the lobbyist registration requirements in the City of Cincinnati.

Questions About Initial Registration Statement

See answers to some of the most common questions about the Initial Registration Statement.

Questions About Updated Registration

Find answers to common questions about the Updated Registration Statement, including who must file and financial transactions.