Citizen Matters

Residents may address City Council about matters of concern at the work session. “Citizen Matters” are heard beginning at 1 p.m.

Residents wishing to address the City Council at the work session must submit a written request to the agenda coordinator 10 calendar days prior to the work session at which they wish to speak. This gives city staff adequate time to review the resident’s concern and to give a response to the resident when he or she appears before council.

Should a council member wish to allow a resident who has not submitted a written request to speak, a 2/3 majority vote of the council is required to suspend the rules of procedure.

Address City Council
To address council at a work session, complete the request form. Forms are also available in the City Manager’s Office on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. Requests can also be faxed to 919-560-4949, or mailed to:
Agenda Coordinator
City Manager’s Office
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

Public Hearings
Public hearings are held by the City Council to give residents the opportunity to comment on current issues involving the city. Public hearings are advertised and placed on the Council’s agenda to receive comment.

To make comments at a public hearing, citizens may sign up in advance of the meeting by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 919-560-4166. Residents can also sign up at the time of the council meeting by using the “Speaker’s List” card located at the City Clerk’s desk in the Council Chambers.