Citizen Participation | Request to Appear before City Council

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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

Citizen Matters are heard in the Council’s Committee Room, Second Floor, City Hall at 1 p.m. Work Sessions are typically held the Thursday afternoon following each Monday evening regular business meeting.

Residents may address the City Council about a matter of their own concern at the Work Sessions. In order to speak at a Work Session to non-agenda items, residents must complete the Request To Appear Form. This form is required to be submitted seven days prior to a Work Session. This process gives city staff adequate time to review the residents’ concerns and to give an informed response when the resident appears before Council.

In the situation that a Council Member wishes to allow a resident who has not submitted a written request to present an issue at a Work Session, a 2/3 majority vote of Council is required to suspend the rules of procedure and permit the comment.

Request to Appear Forms

To make a request to address council at a work session, residents should use the Request to Appear form. Forms are also available in the City Manager's Office. The request should be postmarked seven days prior to the work session date and sent to the address below:

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.