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When and Where the Council Meets

Scottsdale City Council meetings are typically held in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard (map). All Council meetings are televised on City Cable 11 and normally rebroadcast the following Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:00 p.m.

Regular and Special Council Meetings. As a general rule, the Council holds regular public meetings at 5:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Additional meetings may be called as needed. Depending on holidays, elections, etc., the precise schedule may vary. Please refer to the current meeting agenda or view the future meeting planner for the specific details of an upcoming meeting.

Work Study Sessions. Work Study Sessions are held to provide the Council with the opportunity to discuss City issues in a less formal manner. Other than to provide direction to staff, no action is taken at a Work Study Session. Fifteen minutes may be set aside at the beginning of the study session for public comment, but such comment is limited to the items on the agenda.

Executive Sessions. The Mayor and Council may hold Executive Sessions immediately preceding, during and/or after Council meetings. By law, members of the public are not permitted to attend executive sessions.

Meeting Procedures

In 2011, the Scottsdale City Council adopted “Rules of Council Procedure” to provide a written process for conducting official Council business. The adopted rules may be downloaded here (pdf/232kb/17pp).

Meeting Decorum

Citizens attending Council meetings are required to observe the same rules of order and decorum applicable to members of the Council and staff. Unauthorized remarks or demonstrations from members of the audience, such as personal remarks, applause, yells, outbursts, and/or other disruptions are not permitted.

Public Participation

The Council values citizen input and, unless otherwise noted on the agenda, provides opportunities for citizens to speak on Consent, Regular, and Mayor and Council items during public meetings. Persons wishing to speak at a Council Meeting must complete a Request to Speak card and submit it to the City Clerk before public testimony begins on the item. Citizens who do not wish to address the Council in person may submit written comments by completing a Written Comment card.

There are two opportunities for citizens to address the Council regarding items that are not listed on the agenda (Public Comment). Public Comment is limited to a total of 15 minutes at the beginning and 15 minutes at the end of the meeting. The Council will listen to your remarks, but state law prohibits the Council from discussing or taking action on an item that is not listed on the agenda.

Citizen Petitions

Citizen petitions may be submitted by a citizen of the City at any Regular Council meeting during the first or the second Public Comment period. A Request to Speak card must be submitted to the City Clerk, together with the original, signed petition(s), before the Mayor announces the second Public Comment period. There is no limit on the number of petitions a citizen may submit; however, each citizen is limited to a total time of three minutes to present and speak to his/her petition(s).

Requests for Accommodation

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 480-312-2412. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange accommodation.

The Scottsdale Mayor and Council thank you for your interest in Scottsdale City government. If you have questions about the Council Meeting agendas or schedule, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 480-312-2412.