Citizen Participation, Request to Appear

Citizen Participation Guidelines

The City of Durham values your opinion and invites you to address the City Council on any matter of interest to you or your community.

Citizen Matters

Residents may address the City Council about a matter of concern at council's work session meeting (held 2 Thursdays preceding the council's regular business meeting). "Citizen Matters" are heard in the Council's Committee Room beginning at 1 p.m.

Residents who wish to address the City Council at the work session must make their request in writing to the agenda coordinator by Monday at 5 p.m., 10 days prior to the City Council Work Session meeting at which they wish to speak. This process gives city staff adequate time to review the citizen's concern in advance and to give a response to the citizen when he/she appears before council.

Should a council member wish to allow a citizen who has not submitted a written request to present an issue at the work session, a 2/3 majority vote of the council is required to suspend the rules of procedure.

Request to Appear Forms

To make a request to address council at a work session, citizens can use the Request to Appear Before the Council online form. Forms are also available in the City Manager's Office. The request should be postmarked 1 week prior to work session date and sent to:
Agenda Coordinator
City Manager's Office
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

Notice Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The City of Durham will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the city's services, programs, or activities. The city will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the city's programs, services, and activities, The city will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all city programs, services, and activities.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communications, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in the city program, service, or activity, should contact the office of:
Logan Small
City of Durham ADA Coordinator
Voice: 919-560-4197, ext. 21237

Communication should be made as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.