City Council Meetings & Work Sessions - Ways to Watch, Attend, Comment

The Durham City Council welcomes and encourages civic participation and debate. There are many ways for residents and community members to stay informed and offer input in the decision-making process including City Council meetings and work sessions.

City Council Meeting & Work Session Update

Starting July 22, City Council regular business meetings and work sessions will be held in person at City Hall and continue to be available virtually. Find details to watch or participate below.


City Council meetings and work sessions will be broadcast live and available for viewing by the public through the following methods:

  • City’s YouTube Channel
  • City’s Facebook and Twitter pages (City Council regular business meetings only)
  • Durham Television Network (Spectrum Channel 8, Google Fiber Channel 8, Frontier Channel 70, and AT&T Uverse Channel 99) 
  • Roku, Apple TV & Amazon via Boxcast
  • City’s website

How to Participate

View the tabs below for details about how to participate at City Council meetings and work sessions.

Safety Guidelines for In-Person Participation

  • All individuals are required to wear face coverings when indoors for their protection and the protection of others.
  • Currently a capacity limit of 50 people will be allowed inside the Council Chambers to help ensure social distancing.
  • Residents are encouraged to participate virtually, especially if they are unvaccinated.
  • Members of the media are asked to watch or participate virtually to allow maximum capacity for community members.
  1. Meetings
  2. Work Sessions
  3. Meeting Decorum Policy
  4. ADA & Interpretation

City Council Regular Business Meetings

When: Held the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at 7 p.m.

Where: Regular business meetings take place in person at City Hall Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) and virtually via Zoom.

What: City Council hears priority items from the Council Members, City Manager, Attorney, and Clerk, presents ceremonial items, votes on the Consent Agenda, reviews the General Business Agenda, and conducts public hearings. View meeting agendas.

Ways to Provide Comment

City Council meetings are open to the public and members of the public may comment on agenda items and public hearings.

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I want to participate virtually at a City Council Meeting

  • Go to the meeting agenda and register using the Zoom link located at the top of the agenda by 2 p.m. the day of the meeting. During the meeting, you will be acknowledged when it's your turn to speak.

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I want to participate in person at a City Council Meeting

  • Sign up to speak at the meeting by using the "Speaker’s List" card located at the City Clerk’s desk in City Council Chambers prior to the start of the meeting.
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I want to provide written comments

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I need assistance

  • Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 919-560-4166 during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in advance of the meeting.

Please Note: Sign up prior to the start of the meeting is not required for public hearings, for matters added to the agenda at the council meeting, or for matters removed from the consent agenda at the council meeting by a council member.


Sometimes special meetings are scheduled to address specific topics or issues. These meetings will be advertised with at least 48 hours notice and placed on the Council’s agenda. In some emergency situations it may not be possible to provide advance notice.