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Participate in City Council Meetings


Watch Council Meetings and Study Sessions

Due to physical distancing requirements, all Boulder City Council meetings have been moved to an online platform for the foreseeable future. The public can watch the meetings online or view them on Boulder 8 TV on Comcast in high definition on channel 880 or standard definition on channel 8. 

Speak at Council Meetings  

Open Comment

Open Comment is an opportunity for individuals to speak for up to two (2) minutes on any topic that is not on the council agenda or scheduled for a public hearing (specific topics council will be voting on) that evening. Open comment is scheduled at all regular council meetings, but not special meetings or study sessions.

Community members wishing to speak during open comment will be required to register in advance online.

Open comment is limited to 20 individuals. Interested community members must register by 2 p.m. the day before the meeting. The clerk's office randomly selects 20 individuals to speak. All registered individuals will be emailed the list of speakers indicating the order of speakers. No later than 6 p.m. on the day before the meeting, individuals who have been randomly selected to speak will also be emailed a link to access the council meeting. Please do not share the link with others.

Participants may only register for themselves (not for family members, friends, etc).  Registration for Open Comment begins at 6 p.m. on the Thursday before the meeting and ends at 2 p.m. the day prior to the meeting.

Anyone interested in speaking during open comment can register using the current, active Eventbrite Open Comment Registration page.

At this time, public participation at council meetings is available through audio only. The city is unable to display presentations or visuals from community members during council meetings, but those testifying are welcome to send these materials to  [email protected] .

Public Hearings

Council also frequently holds public hearings, often before they vote on a new policy or make a decision on a proposed ordinance or change to city code. The public may speak to public hearing items when such hearings are scheduled.

Community members wishing to speak during a public hearing will be required to register in advance online.

There is no limit to the number of individuals for public hearings. Interested community members must register by 5 p.m. the day of the meeting. Council will determine the length of speaking time for public hearings based on the number of participants. This time is usually three (3) minutes.  If fifteen (15) or more individuals sign up to speak, the time is reduced to two (2) minutes.

Pooling Time:   Participants may pool time for public hearings for up to five minutes.  Pooling time requires three (3) participants – one (1) designated speaker and two (2) other individuals who are willing to cede their time to the designated speaker. The individuals who wish to cede their time must also sign up in advance and be present in the meeting to verify their intention to donate additional time to the person who will speak.

Participants may only register for themselves (not for family members, friends, etc).  Registration for a Public Hearing begins at 6 p.m. on the Thursday before the meeting and ends at 5 p.m. the day of the meeting.

Community members registering to speak at a public hearing will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite, which will include the link to access the meeting. Please do not share this link with others.

The clerk’s office will email all registered individuals with a list of participants indicating the order of speakers between 5 and 6 p.m. the night of the meeting.

At this time, public participation at council meetings is available through audio only. The city is unable to display presentations or visuals from community members during council meetings, but those testifying are welcome to send these materials to  [email protected] .

Chats with Council

City Council is piloting  Chat or Walk with Council sessions at various locations, dates and times for community members to talk with two council members about issues that matter most to them. These have also been moved to online participation. The website has been updated.

Contact Council

General inquires can be sent to  [email protected] ; please note: all emails to council are considered public record. Contact information is available for individual council members at City Council Members .

Stay Up to Date on Council

The City of Boulder offers an e-newsletter intended to help the community stay up-to-date on City Council meeting information. It shares information about council meeting agendas, public hearings and videos. Sign up at  City Newsletters .

You can also sign up for Council Hotline to receive real-time emails among Boulder City Council members and city staff. Interested members of the public may receive these emails, but may not post emails to the hotline.