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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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.
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Members of the Boston City Council take their oath of office in January 2016

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Upcoming meetings and hearings

Image for City Council Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Dockets #0536-0543, FY18 Budget, A&F Overview
Apr 24

City Council Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Dockets #0536-0543, FY18 Budget, A&F Overview

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Apr 24

Boston City Council Committees on Government Operations and Ways and Means Hearing on Docket #0544

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Apr 24

City Council Committee on Ways and Means Hearing on Revolving Fund Dockets 0545, 0546, 0547, 0548, 0549, 0560

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Apr 24

City Council Committee on Government Operations Hearing on Docket #0566

Downtown

City Council news

City Hall's exterior lights
Mar 6

Mayor Walsh, Councilor Pressley seek additional liquor licenses

Licensing Board
Mayor Walsh signs the Acoustic Live Entertainment ordinance.
Dec 22

Acoustic ordinance gives more opportunities to small businesses, musicians

City Council
Fair Housing internships
Dec 5

Mayor Walsh files Jim Brooks community stabilization act

Mayor's Office
Two Saxophonists Playing at an Outdoor Concert in the South End
Dec 1

Expansion sought for 'Acoustic on Main' to help boost main streets districts

City Council

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) 

You can find major provisions of Boston's charter, detailing the roles of the Mayor and City Council. View the City Charter. You can 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.