If the measure is approved by the Law Department, it could go into effect in early October, though a board decision to provide a 30-day grace period means that no one would be required to register until November.
And registration could start only when the board has an online registration system in place. Creamer said he hoped that would be ready by November.
The regulations require firms and individuals engaged in lobbying to register with the Board of Ethics, pay a registration fee and file quarterly reports on their expenses. A certain amount of lobbying work must be done each quarter to meet the requirements.
Earlier this summer, the Philadelphia Bar Association and others raised concerns that the preliminary rules were too vague and could require those doing standard city business - such as seeking a zoning permit for a client - to register as lobbyists. The new version more clearly spells out the work that would not qualify as lobbying.
Bar Association Chancellor Rudolph Garcia yesterday said he needed more time to see if the association would endorse the rules.
"I can tell you that the ethics board has been very cooperative. We met with their staff several times. I do see a lot of our suggestions," Garcia said. "We need time to review."
Ethics Board Chairman Richard Glazer again complained yesterday that the board lacked the funding to enforce the lobbying law and watch-dog public officials.
Mayoral spokesman Mark McDonald said the administration is committed to working with the board, though he stressed that these are difficult fiscal times.