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City Council

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.

Councilors establish and put in place public policy to meet the continuous and changing needs of Boston. They create these policies by initiating legal documents, such as ordinances and home rule petitions. The Council also evaluates matters, such as loan orders, that are sponsored by the Mayor. Every year, they also review and approve the City’s operating and capital budget. They track city services throughout the year to guarantee their efficiency and reasonable cost.

Through their work, city councilors make sure that Boston continues to be a great place to live, work and play, and continues to grow as a world-class city.

City Council
Contact
617-635-3040
1 City Hall Square
Room 550
Boston, MA 02201-2043
United States
Monday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

City Council meetings

Meetings
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The City Council holds public meetings to gather feedback from residents, community leaders, and other valued stakeholders in Boston. Meeting topics range from education, jobs, and housing, to public safety and health, to social justice and cultural development.

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:

Upcoming meetings

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Sep 14

City council meeting

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Sep 21

City Council meeting

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Sep 28

City Council meeting

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Oct 5

City Council meeting

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More resources

More resources
Publications
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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.