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How to testify at a City Council hearing

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

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Choose how you want to submit online

There are two ways to submit your testimony online. You can send an email to the committee or you can record and submit a video using our online form.

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Send us your email

You can email written 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. 

Submissions are accepted up to 48 hours after the hearing.

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.

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Or record and upload a video

Record a two-minute video of your testimony regarding the docket or subject matter at hand. If you have an account, it may be easier to upload to Youtube and provide the Committee a link of your testimony.

Video submissions are accepted no later than 12 p.m. on the business day before the hearing.

After you finish recording your video, complete our form to submit your video for an upcoming hearing:

Video testimony online form

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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.

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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

Want to talk to a councilor?

You can also 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.

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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.

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Mail your letter

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

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

Please stay in touch

Contact:
City Council
1 City Hall Square
Room 550
Boston, MA 02201-2043

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