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City Council

The 13 councilors create, pass, and amend local laws, as well as approve the City's budget every year.

The City Council is the legislative body of the City of Boston. Councilors are elected every two years by the citizens of Boston. The council is made up of four at-large councilors that represent the entire City, and nine district councilors that represent specific areas of the City.

The City Council serves as a link between the citizens of Boston and their municipal government. Councilors help constituents by connecting them to resources, services, and City departments. They serve as advocates for all Bostonians.

Through their work, City councilors make sure Boston continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. Learn more about the work of the City Council.

1 City Hall Square
Room 550
Boston, MA 02201-2043
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FY21 Budget update

The Council’s budget process has officially begun. We’ve created a page to make the process as clear as possible. All links to hearings are shared here, as well as options to participate. 

City Council budget process 

About the page

Please take a moment to get familiar with the City Council’s Budget Process pageOn the page, you'll see public testimony hearings dates, as well as ways you can provide testimony. You can also read testimony we’ve received. We’ll update the page frequently, so please continue to come back and check in with us.

You can follow along with all hearings and working sessions on our City Council TV page

Upcoming meetings and hearings

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Jun 3

City Council meeting

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Jun 4

City Council Committee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice hearing on Dockets #0192 #0408 #0710

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Jun 4

City Council Committee on Government Operations hearing on Docket #0669

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Jun 5

City Council Committee on Government Operations Working Session on Docket #0100 and Docket #0281

More meetings and hearings

City Council news


City Council continues to support immigrants during COVID-19 pandemic

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City Council urges federal partners to implement EBT online purchasing program

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City Council adopts resolution in appreciation of emergency daycare operators

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Priscilla Bok

An update on the FY21 Budget from the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means

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More City Council news
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City Council meetings

We add information on City Council public meetings and hearings to the public notices section of our website.

Search public notices

The City Council holds public meetings to gather feedback from residents, community leaders, and other valued stakeholders in Boston. The City Clerk's Office maintains public records, including all information related to the City Council. Learn more about posting notices for public meetings and hearings.

Please keep in mind:
  • The City Council meets every Wednesday at 12 p.m. You can find agendas for City Council Meetings online, or at the City Clerk's office after 4 p.m. on the Monday before a meeting.
  • You can find the minutes of the City Council meetings online or through the Office of the City Clerk after 4 p.m. on the Friday after the meeting. The City keeps Records of Legislation in our office.

More resources

More resources

The City Council offers the following publications when they are in print:

Organization of City Government (No Charge) 

Contains the City Council’s rules and a list of all City departments, boards and commissions, and their officers and members.

Document #10 ($2.00) 

Voter registration and election results for City and state elections. You can search voter registration online, and view past election results.

Boston City Charter ($7.00) 

Find major provisions of Boston's charter detailing the roles of the Mayor and City Council. View the City Charter. You can also read the City of Boston Municipal Code.

Boston Streets ($15.00) 

A listing of all streets in the city including a description of the location ward and precinct, City Council District and zip code. Search the Street Book.