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.
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. Download the Adopted Rules (PDF)
Citizens remotely attending and participating in a City Council meeting 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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, City Hall is currently closed to the public during Council meetings and these meetings are currently being held electronically. Because citizens are unable to appear in person to present a citizen petition, the Mayor has issued a proclamation temporarily suspending the presentation and receipt of petitions at regular City Council meetings, and an alternative method for handling citizens petitions has been implemented. Written petitions may be hand-delivered, mailed, or emailed to the City Clerk. Petitions submitted in this matter will be sent to the City Manager for written response, which will be sent the petitioner with a copy to the City Council. In addition, if four Councilmembers believe the petition requires action by the Council, they have the ability to have the petition added to a Council Meeting agenda.
Until further notice, City Hall is closed to the public during Council meetings and these meetings are being held electronically. While physical facilities are not open to the public, City Council meetings are televised on Cox cable Channel 11 and streamed online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov (search “live stream”) to allow the public to virtually attend and listen/view the meeting in progress.
Beginning on December 1, 2020, spoken comment is being accepted on non-agendized items that are within the Council’s jurisdiction. Council Rules reserve this open public comment for citizens to address the Council. Spoken public comment is also being accepted on Consent and Regular Agenda items. A link to sign up to speak on these items is located on the front page of each agenda. Request to speak forms 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. A written public comment may be submitted electronically by clicking on the “click here to submit a written comment on an item” link located at the top of each page of the 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.
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251