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.

Meeting Procedures

In 2011, the Scottsdale City Council adopted "Rules of Council Procedure" to provide a written process for conducting official Council business. Download the Adopted Rules (PDF)

Meeting Decorum

Citizens attending and participating in a City Council meeting either in-person or telephonically 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

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 Form 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).

Public Participation

The City Hall Kiva Forum (Kiva) is open to the public during City Council meetings at a reduced capacity. Once capacity has been reached, individuals will be directed to a nearby location to view the televised meeting. As seating becomes available, individuals waiting in the nearby location will be asked to come to City Hall.

City Council meetings are also televised on Cox Cable Channel 11 and streamed online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov (search “live stream”) to allow the public to virtually attend, participate telephonically, and listen/view the meeting in progress.

Beginning on June 22, 2021, in-person or telephonic comment is being accepted on Consent and Regular Agenda items. Additionally, spoken public comment is being accepted on non-agendized items that are within the Council’s jurisdiction. Council Rules reserve this open public comment for Scottsdale citizens.

Online Request to Speak forms for Consent, Regular, and Non-Agendized items must be submitted no later than 90 minutes before the start of the meeting. Written comments, submitted electronically at least 90 minutes before the meeting, will be emailed to the Council and posted online prior to the meeting. Links to sign up to speak on these items are located on the first page of each agenda.

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.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Mayor and City Council
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mayor's Office
P: 480-312-2433
F: 480-312-2738

Council Offices
P: 480-312-2550
F: 480-312-7885

Email Mayor Ortega: dortega@ScottsdaleAz.gov
Email All City Council Members: citycouncil@ScottsdaleAz.gov
or select a council member for individual email information.

Need Help?

480-312-3111

General City Information/Speak to a Citizen Service Specialist


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