Richmond VA > City Clerk > Guidelines for Citizen Participation in City Council Meetings

Last Updated: 2015-06-09



The City Council is the City of Richmond's local legislative body and is composed of one Council representative elected from each of nine districts. Council members are elected to serve a four year term of office. The Council elects one of its own to serve as the president and presiding officer for a two year term.

Time and Place of Meetings

Effective June 2014, Richmond City Council’s informal work sessions are held at 4:00 p.m. and formal sessions at 6:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays during the months of:

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • October

Richmond City Council’s informal work sessions are held at 4:00 p.m. and formal sessions at 6:00 p.m. on the second Mondays during the months of:

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • November
  • December

Consent Agenda

Items listed on the Consent Agenda are considered routine and non-controversial. The consent agenda provides a method for the expeditious handling of items that do not require discussion and will be approved unanimously by a single roll-call vote of Council. The public may speak to any item on the Consent Agenda when the public comment period is announced by the president. Any person speaking to one or more items on the Consent Agenda will be allotted a total of three minutes.

Citizen Comment Period

The Citizen Comment Period is an opportunity for citizens to address Council concerning the services, policies, and affairs of the city and to discuss issues not on the agenda for the business meeting. However, you must schedule your appearance with the Office of the City Clerk no later than 12 noon on the date of the meeting. Each speaker is generally allotted three minutes to make their comments.

An individual may appear before Council during the Citizen Comment Period no more than four times per year and no more than once within a three-month period.

Guidelines for Citizen Participation *

  • The maximum time allotted to persons speaking to any matter under consideration by the Council shall not exceed 30 minutes for the proponents and 30 for the opposition.
  • Speakers should state their full legal name, any organization(s) they represent and any economic or professional relationship(s) that would benefit by the adoption of the paper(s) they are addressing.
  • Speakers will not be permitted to address or question the Chief Administrative Officer, the City Attorney, the City Clerk, or any staff member directly.
  • Questions should be directed to the President, who may at their discretion, solicit a response.
  • Applause is permitted during the Awards and Presentations Period only.
  • Persons speaking to Agenda items shall be limited to three minutes. However, no individual from the public may speak for more than 10 minutes total during the business meeting.
  • Citizens may express their views in writing in lieu of an oral presentation.

* The full text of the Council's Rules of Procedure is also available in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall, 900 E. Broad St., Suite 200.

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