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Council Policies

Council Meeting Rules of Order

The Council’s meetings are a place for people to feel safe and comfortable in participating in their government.  A respectful and safe environment allows a meeting to be conducted in an orderly,
efficient, effective, and dignified fashion, free from distraction, intimidation, and threats to safety.

In order to support a respectful meeting, items that disrupt the meeting, intimidate other participants or that may cause safety concerns are not allowed. For example:

  • Council staff or security officers may ask you to open any large bags, purses or backpacks for inspection, and may also request changes to placement of recording equipment or other props to help facilitate the meeting.
  • Jeering, cheering, clapping and waving signs may intimidate other speakers and cause a disruption, so please refrain from such activities.
  • Please be respectful to the historic elements in the room such as:  keep feet off furniture; avoid leaning or touching paintings and other décor; and no food or drinks are allowed in the Council Chamber (Room 315).
  • Generally, props and equipment are not allowed. If you have a prop or piece of equipment integral to a presentation, please clear its use with a staff member or security officer before entering the meeting room.
  • Signs are permitted; however, so that they do not cause disruption or block the view of others, please follow these guidelines:  signs should be able to be kept at your feet or on your lap; sticks or dowels are not allowed; signs can be kept near the podium on the floor during your turn to speak.
  • If you have questions about proper placement of recording equipment or recording in general, please coordinate this with a security officer or staff member before the beginning of the meeting who will make requests to help ensure that it does not disrupt the meeting or make other attendees feel uncomfortable
  • If you have written remarks, a document, or other items you may want the City Council to review, do not approach the dais.  Instead, please give them to Council staff and they will distribute them for you.
  • Failure to follow these decorum rules may result in removal from the meeting.

Print Version

Council Member Policy Manual

Read a copy of the Council Member Policy Manual.

Please note, the Council adopted changes to the manual on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, relating to Social Media Management and Social Media Terms of Use. See the updated terms of use policy in the section below “Social Media Terms of Use.”

Social Media Terms of Use

The Salt Lake City Council strives to represent the citizens of Salt Lake City through all its legislative actions.

The Salt Lake City Council Office has created this web page to enable communication between the public and the City Council regarding City programs, services, projects, issues, events, and activities. Salt Lake City’s official website is www.slc.gov. The City Council’s official website is www.slc.gov/council.

Social Media Terms of Use

a. Any individual accessing or using this social media account (the “User”) accepts, without limitation, the following terms of use (“Terms”). The City maintains the right to modify these Terms without notice. Any change is effective upon posting to this account.

b. A User is also subject to any terms of use of the social media platform provider (“Provider”). The City Council has no control over a Provider’s terms of use, content, commercial advertisements or other postings produced by the Provider that may appear on this account page as part of the Provider’s environment.

c. Comment Policy
Posted content (comments, photos, links, or other material, referred to hereafter as “Comments”) must relate to discussion of City programs, services, projects, issues, events, or activities. Comments posted on this account will not be edited by the City Council. Comments that do not relate to the City Council business may be hidden or removed, including specifically, Comments that:

  • Promote, foster, or perpetuate discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
  • Include slanderous, or defamatory attacks; threatening, harassing, or profane language; obscene or sexual content or links to obscene or sexual content;
  • Solicit commerce or advertisements including promotions or endorsements;
  • Promote or conduct illegal activity;
  • Are spam that include links to external online sites;
  • Violate a legal ownership interest of any person, including improper use of a trademark or copyrighted material; or
  • May compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.

d. Comments are the opinion of the User and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of the City, its officers, employees, or agents.

e. Comments may be a public record subject to public disclosure under the Utah Government Records and Access Management Act (“GRAMA”).

f. Comments made on this page do not constitute a legal or official notice or comment to Salt Lake City and will not be regarded as a request for service.

g. Comments requesting for copies of a public record will not be considered. A public record request can be made here: GRAMA request

h. This account may contain links to websites not owned or controlled by the City Council. The City Council is not responsible for content that appears on these websites and provides links as a convenience only.

i. The City Council reserves the right to hide, remove, mute, or delete information posted by a User who violates these Terms, or report the User to the Provider for a violation of the Provider’s terms of use. Repeated or egregious violations of these Terms may result in denial of access to this Account. Such actions will be taken pursuant to the Social Media Management Policy.

j. Copyright Policy
Information and materials produced by the City Council and posted on this page are City property. The City Council retains the copyright to all text, graphic images, and other content produced by the City Council. A User may, without obligation to the City, view, copy, link to, or distribute information found here if for non-commercial use, unless otherwise stated. However, the City Council makes no warranty that information on this web page is free of copyright claims or other restrictions on free use. Commercial use is prohibited.

l. Disclaimers
The City Council does not guarantee that Comments are monitored regularly, and therefore, Users should not use this account to contact or provide notice to the City about dangerous conditions on public property. If a dangerous condition exists, please contact the police department, fire department, public utilities, or other relevant City department. The City Council does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of any information posted on this account. The City Council may suspend or discontinue this social media account at any time.

The information posted is provided on an “as is” basis and the User assumes the risk of use or reliance on such information. The City Council, its officers, employees, or agents are not liable for any injury or damages resulting from viewing, distributing, or copying materials on this account, including without limitation, liability for indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages.

Questions about these Policies or this web page may be directed to council.comments@slcgov.com.