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.

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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.

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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 our office after 4 p.m. on the Monday before a meeting.
  • City Council meeting minutes are available online or through our office after 4 p.m. on the Friday after the meeting.
  • We recently launched a new legislative management system. Starting August 16, 2021, City Council meetings can be found on that site. Meetings before August 16, can be found on the old site while we work to transfer everything over.
  • Please note: Indexed videos before August 16, 2021, are currently unavailable. Past City Council meetings and livestreams are still available on the Boston City TV YouTube page.

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 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.

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.

*Disclaimer: This Charter document is a summary of the main acts that define the governmental structure in the City of Boston and the powers of the Mayor and the City Council. Texts of the full acts as cited in the Charter can be found on the Massachusetts Legislature website. If you have any further questions, please contact the Boston City Council at

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