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Posting notices for public meetings and hearings

Posting notices for public meetings and hearings

The Open Meeting Law requires that meetings of public bodies are open to the public, with some exceptions.

By keeping meetings open, the Open Meeting Law creates more transparency in policy debates by public bodies. Public bodies include all public boards, commissions, committees, and subcommittees that have multiple members. Unless there is an emergency, a public body must give the public notice within 48 hours of a meeting. This does not include weekends and holidays.

  • A public notice needs to be legible and easily understood.
  • A notice must contain the date, time, and place of the meeting.
  • The agenda that is expected to be discussed needs to be listed.
  • If the agenda items change, the public body should update the notice to let the public know, but there isn’t a legal requirement.

You can view a schedule for upcoming meetings. Meetings posted by the City Clerk's Office are also available on the first floor of Boston City Hall, at the Congress Street entrance.


By law, all meetings held by the City must be accessible to people with disabilities. If you need documents formatted a certain way to understand them, or if you need a special device to attend a meeting, we can accommodate you.

Please contact the Disabilities Commissioner at least 10 days before the meeting with your request:

  • 1 City Hall Square, Room 967
  • Boston, MA 02201-2041
  • Phone: 617-635-3682
Still have questions? Contact:
City Clerk
1 City Hall Square
Room 601
Boston, MA 02201-2014
United States
Need to know

You can read the complete version of the state’s Open Meeting Law.