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How to testify at a City Council hearing

How to testify at a City Council hearing

We welcome public input at City Council committee hearings. You have three options:

Step
1

Check the City Council schedule

Before you visit Boston City Hall, view the upcoming City Council schedule to find the date and time of the hearing you want to attend. Any member of the public can testify at a hearing.

Step
2

Go to Boston City Hall

We hold hearings in the Iannella Chamber on the fifth floor of Boston City Hall:

  • 1 City Hall Square
  • Boston, MA 02201
Step
3

Or talk to a City Councilor

You can meet with a councilor or their staff at City Hall. All City Council offices are on the fifth floor. Offices are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please call or email the councilor’s office ahead of time to set up an appointment.

Step
1

Prepare your letter

You can mail public testimony on any issue before the City Council.

In your letter, include the committee you want to address, along with the topic of discussion. You can also include the docket number for the item if you have it.

Step
2

Mail your letter

You can mail your letter to a specific councilor or committee. Here’s a sample of how to address your letter:

  • Councillor [Name]
  • Boston City Council
  • 1 City Hall Square, 5th Floor
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • ATTN: [Committee name], [Docket number or issue]
Step
1

Prepare your email

You can email public testimony on any issue before the City Council.

Include the committee you want to address, along with the topic of discussion. You can also include the docket number for the item if you have it.

Step
2

Send us your email

You can reach all City  Councilors at city.council@cityofboston.govYou can also send your email to a specific councilor. You can find their contact information in their profiles.

Contact:
City Council
617-635-3040
1 City Hall Square
Room 550
Boston, MA 02201-2043
United States
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