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

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

General Notice of Virtual City Council Meetings and Work Sessions

Because of the risks to the public that would arise from continued in-person meetings, the City is converting regular City Council meetings and Work Sessions to a virtual format for the duration of the North Carolina and City of Durham States of Emergency.

  • Find details on how to participate in virtual meetings below
  • View the public notice of virtual meetings in English or Spanish (PDF)

How to Participate

View the tabs below for more information about how to participate, watch, or attend City Council Meetings and Work Sessions.

  1. Meetings & Public hearings
  2. Work Sessions
  3. Meeting Decorum Policy
  4. ADA & Interpretation

City Council Regular Meetings

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

Where: The City is holding virtual City Council Meetings for the duration of the North Carolina and City of Durham States of Emergency.

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.

Ways to Watch

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

  • City’s website
  • City’s YouTube Channel
  • City’s Facebook and Twitter pages
  • 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

two Ways to Provide Comment

City Council Meetings are open to the public, and community members may sign up to provide comment on agenda items or public hearings.

1. Comment on Agenda Items

The public may comment on items in the Consent Agenda or General Business Agenda at City Council Meetings.

2. Comment on Public Hearings

Public hearings are held by the City Council to give citizens the opportunity to comment on current issues involving the city. All public hearings are advertised and placed on the council’s agenda to receive citizen remarks. 

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.

SPECIAL MEETINGS

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. These meetings will be noted with a star on the City Council calendar.