Lobbyists have an obligation under the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998 to ensure that each registration is up to date – that it reflects what issues you are bringing to the attention of public office holders, who is lobbying, and which public office holders you are targeting. The best way to do this is by using the “Change My Registration” feature on the website.
Some lobbyists will update their registrations every few months, just to be sure that all of the information supports their current activity. And then they receive an automated reminder that the registration is due for renewal. “Why?” they wonder. “I just submitted an update a few weeks ago.”
This situation occurs because the Act requires 1) that when there is new information about a lobbying activity, the lobbyist updates the registration within 30 days; and 2) that depending on the type of lobbyist, the registration is renewed at a prescribed time. For consultant lobbyists, this is annually. And for organizations and for-profit entities, it is every six months. This renewal is required even if you just submitted an update.
It’s best to think of these updates and renewals as separate requirements under the Act. Many lobbyists will regularly review their registrations and provide frequent updates as the lobbying activity and targets change. Renewals for them will often not result in any changes to the registration since it is fully up-to-date.
Hot tip: regular review of the registration will make the renewal process quick and smooth.