Participate in City Council Meetings
Attend or Watch Council Meetings
Regular City Council meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month in the Council Chambers located in the Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway St. See City Council Meeting Calendar for scheduled events. The public can attend meetings, watch them 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
City Council meetings are open to the public and you may sign up to speak to council about city issues. You can sign up online through Eventbrite to speak on open comment items for meetings. Read Rules of Decorum for details on how council meetings are run and expectations for participants.
|Open Comment Speakers||Public Hearing Speakers|
Number of speakers allowed
|A total of 20 speakers may address council on any issue that is not a public hearing.||All speakers to a public hearing item may address council.|
|Each speaker will be given two minutes to address council.||
Each speaker will be given three minutes to address council. If there are more than 15 speakers, time will be reduced to two minutes
|Sign up online through Eventbrite ; sign up is available from 6 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the meeting through 2 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. Once Eventbrite is closed, the list will be randomized and the first 15 speakers will be assigned to speak at the council meeting. This list will be posted by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the meeting on the council webpage.||Not available.|
|Available beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the council meeting; sign-up closes promptly at 6 p.m. Speakers will be randomly selected from the in-person sign-up to bring the total to no more than 20 speakers. In the event speakers do not show up for their time slot, no further drawing of speakers will be done after 6 p.m||Sign up is in-person beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the council meeting. During the public hearing, the mayor will announce when sign-up is closing.|
Pooling of time
|Not available.||To pool time, the speaker must have two additional people give up their time. All three people must be present when the speaker is called. The speaker may address council for up to five minutes. If there are more than 15 speakers, pooled time will be reduced to four minutes.|
|A randomized list of speakers will be shared on the council documents page under Quick Access the day before the next council meeting with open comment.||Not applicable.|
Additional Information for All Speakers
- Electronic presentation must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. the day of the meeting to the City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] .
- Council receives the bulk of its communications electronically but, if you have prepared a written statement, you may give ten copies to the city clerk when you approach the podium to speak; the city clerk will distribute your written statements as you speak.
- You may speak once per comment period (once during open comment and once during each public hearing) per meeting.
Chats with Council
City Council is piloting nine drop-in Chat with Council sessions at various locations, dates and times in 2018 for community members to swing by and talk with two council members about issues that matter most to them.
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.