Salt Lake City

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Meeting Resources

Meeting Information

The City Council typically meets two Tuesdays a month at the City & County Building (451 South State Street, 3rd floor, Salt Lake City, UT). The public is welcome to join in person and via Zoom.

The Council generally holds three kinds of meetings:

  • Work Sessions
    The Council discusses City business and new proposals. Work Sessions are listen-in only and generally begin at 2 p.m. unless noted.
  • Formal Meetings
    The Council takes action and listens to public comments, beginning at 7 p.m. Not all Formal Meetings include a public comment period. Please check the meeting agenda to confirm a scheduled public comment period.
  • Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Meetings
    The Council also serves as the Board of Directors for Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency. The Board has policy-making authority, while the Mayor is the Executive Director. The RDA board meetings are typically held monthly and include a public comment period.

Meetings, in addition to those listed on the annual meeting schedule, may be held or canceled as circumstances require, subject to applicable public notice requirements.

Visit the Council’s agenda portal for all meeting agendas and supporting documents.

Public Meeting Rules

Please observe the following rules of civility to maintain the decorum of City Council Meetings.

Council meetings are a place for people to feel safe and comfortable 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. We welcome everyone, so please be mindful and keep comments free of discriminatory language referring to a person or group based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other identity factor.

In order to support a respectful meeting, items that disrupt the meeting, intimidate other participants, or 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 the 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 historical elements in the room such as keeping feet off furniture, avoiding leaning or touching paintings and other décor, and no food or drinks 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 the 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.

How To Provide Comment During Meetings

The public can comment to the Council during RDA and formal meetings online through Zoom or in person in Room 326 of the City & County Building. Those who would like to speak must register.

All information submitted during public comment becomes part of the public record. Those in attendance must follow the Public Meeting Rules.

There are two sections on the Council agenda where constituents can address the Council for two minutes.

  • Public Hearings: During this meeting section, the public may comment on public hearing items listed on the Council’s agenda. Speakers are expected to limit their comments to the public hearing item.
  • Public Comments to the City Council: The Comments section allows speakers to address the City Council on any item not scheduled for a public hearing or any other City business.
    Please note: There may be times when a City Council Member may request a point of personal privilege from the Chair to ask a question or make a brief remark, but generally, the public comment portion of the meeting is for constituents to speak and the City Council to listen.

All participants are expected to observe the two-minute time limit so everyone may have a chance to speak. People cannot combine their time so that one person speaks longer than another (i.e., “Joe” cannot give his time to “Jane” to allow “Jane” to speak for four minutes). If you comment on a public hearing item, you may speak during the general public comment if your issue is on a new topic.

Registering to Speak

In-Person Attendees:

Fill out a public comment card. Check the box indicating that you wish to speak. If you do not want to speak, check the appropriate box and provide any written comments. Hand your comment card to a Council staff member. Council staff will add you to the speakers’ queue in order.

Council staff will call upon each individual wishing to speak. Approach the podium and state your name into the microphone and then proceed with your comments (providing the area of the City where you live is also helpful to the Council).

Zoom Attendees:

Access the Zoom meeting information on the Council’s website. Fill out the registration. Once registered, Council staff will add you to the speakers’ queue in order.

You will receive an email with a link to “join the webinar.” Click on the link and follow the prompts. You may join 30 minutes before the meeting starts.

When you join the meeting, your camera and microphone are off. Council staff will call on you when it is your turn to speak and unmute your microphone. Council staff will mute your microphone after your two minutes are up.

Accessibility and Accommodations

Council Meetings are accessible to wheelchair users and offer Assistive Listening Devices.

The Council uses Zoom for online participation, which has closed captioning capabilities. Visit Zoom’s website for information on their closed captioning services. 

ADA parking is available at the City & County Building and can be accessed by entering from 200 East. Vehicles displaying a disability license plate or placard and transporting a person with a disability may be parked at any City parking meter without charge for up to two hours. 

To request a reasonable accommodation, including interpreters, auxiliary aids, large-type agendas, #2 Braille agendas, and other auxiliary aids and services, or to discuss your needs, please contact the City Council Office at 801-535-7600, council.comments@slcgov.com, or relay service 711 at least two business days in advance. 

Getting Here and Parking

Parking:

Public parking is available at the City Library’s underground parking garage. The Council validates parking for meeting attendees upon request. 

ADA parking is available at the City & County Building and can be accessed by entering from 200 East. Vehicles displaying a disability license plate or placard and transporting a person with a disability may be parked at any City parking meter without charge for up to two hours.

Transit:

Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation; the most accessible TRAX stations are the Library and Courthouse stops. Visit RIDE UTA for schedules and maps.

Community and Youth Group Participation

The City Council welcomes participation from youth and community groups in leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of meetings. Contact the City Council Office at 801-535-7600 or council.comments@slcgov.com to coordinate.

Public Comments Received

All agenda-related comments received in the Council office by phone and email are shared with the Council Members and added to the public meeting record. View public comments received.

Mayor's Transmittals to the Council

Transmittals are information provided from the Mayor’s office to the Council. This includes formal proposals for the Council’s consideration. View transmittals received.