City Council Meeting Information
When and Where the Council Meets
Scottsdale City Council meetings are typically held in the City Hall Kiva. (see address and map link on this page). All Council meetings are telecast live on Scottsdale Video Network, Cox Channel 11 and Century Link Channel 8001. They are normally rebroadcast the following Friday at 5 p.m. Meeting videos are available on demand, usually two days after the meeting.
Types of meetings
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.
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)
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.
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).
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. Request to Speak and Written Comment cards are available from the City Clerk 30 minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin.
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.
Using Kiva Technology for Presentations
If you would like to use electronic presentation media such as a slide presentation, it is recommended that you submit it to the City Clerk's office 24 hours in advance of the meeting start time so that it can be tested for compatibility with the audio-visual system and copies can be made available to the Council members. Presentations containing audio or video must be submitted 24 hours in advance. We will not broadcast copyrighted material without permission of the copyright holder.
If you have technical questions regarding electronic presentation formatting or special requests, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technical staff will load your presentation, beginning with the first slide, and display it on the screen when you arrive at the podium. A keyboard, mouse and monitor are available at the podium for your use when giving your presentation. Please do not advance past your last slide when you have concluded the presentation.
A document camera is available at the podium for printed materials. To provide for maximum readability, please use high contrast dark background/light text for digital presentations, and a minimum font size of 18 point for both digital presentations and document camera materials.The screen displays in 16:9 (widescreen) HD format. Presentations are acceptable in Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, standard video formats (mp4, avi, mov, etc.), YouTube video, and other Internet streaming sources. To make sure we will be able to accommodate your needs, it is highly recommended that you submit the presentation as early as possible so that it can be tested for compatibility. We cannot install third party software or run self-executing files in our system. A laptop/device connection can be made available at the podium, but it is limited to presentations that will run over 20 minutes due to the connection and set up time needed.
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.
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251