Meeting Procedures

The City Council welcomes your attendance and participation at its meetings (agendas and minutes). The council meets on the first four Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) of each month at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE. Comments from the public are welcome during the "Oral Communications" portion of the agenda and during public hearings. "Addressing the City Council" offers details about the process.

Council meetings are broadcast live on Bellevue TV (cable channel 21). Video of the meetings can be viewed any time online from links on the Agendas and Minutes page.

Study Sessions

In study sessions, city staff presents the council with detailed briefings on a variety of issues. Councilmembers discuss various topics, ask questions and give staff direction on how to proceed. On the second and fourth Mondays, when the council meets for four hours, public comment is taken during oral communications at the beginning of the meeting.

Regular Sessions

During its regular sessions, the council can take action in several ways. The council may adopt an ordinance or city law. Ordinances usually take effect five days after their publication in the city's official newspaper, the Seattle Times. Most ordinances become part of the city's municipal code. The council may amend or repeal an ordinance by adopting another ordinance.

The council may also pass a resolution to express policy direction or make a public statement. The council passes a motion to approve or deny a proposed action, such as the award of a bid.

The agenda also contains a consent calendar, which includes routine business items for which no special study or discussion is expected. Councilmembers may remove items from the consent calendar for discussion if they choose.

At regular sessions, you may speak to the council during the oral communications opportunities at the beginning and end of the agenda. You may also address the council during public hearings, which are held during the regular sessions.

Executive Sessions

The council does occasionally meet in executive session, which is not open to the public. By law, the council can only discuss certain items of business during executive sessions. These topics include personnel matters, property acquisition and disposition, and legal advice on matters of litigation or potential litigation.

Quasi-judicial Matters

Public comments are not taken on quasi-judicial matters, where Councilmembers act in the role of judges. These are most often land-use matters. The Council is legally required to decide the issue based solely upon information contained in the public record and obtained at special public hearings before the Council.

The public record for quasi-judicial matters is developed from testimony at earlier public hearings held before a Hearing Examiner or a city board or commission, as well as from written correspondence submitted within certain legal time frames. There are special guidelines for these public hearings and written submittals.

Meeting Schedule

The following table outlines the schedule for the regular session and study session meetings of the City Council:

Day Scheduled Meeting(s) Location Public Comment Opportunity
1st and 3rd Mondays except in August and December 6 p.m. Study Session Council Conference Room None
8 p.m. Regular Session Council Chambers Oral Communications at 8 p.m.
2nd and 4th Mondays except in August and December 6 - 10 p.m. Extended Study Session Council Conference Room Oral Communications at 6 p.m.
August - first Monday only 6 p.m. Study Session Council Conference Room None
8 p.m. Regular Session Council Chambers Oral Communications at 8 p.m.
December - first and second Mondays only 6 p.m. Study Session Council Conference Room None
8 p.m. Regular Session Council Chambers Oral Communications at 8 p.m.
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