Frequently Asked Questions

To locate which Council district you live in and which council member represents you, enter your address into the Denver City Council interactive map.  You may also call the City Council main office at (720) 865-9534 to find out who is your City Council representative.

Council meets in the Council Chambers, Room 450 of the City and County Building, 1437 Bannock Street (except when there is an emergency that requires the Council to meet in a different location). 
 
The regular meetings of the full Council normally begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday evenings. Typically, if Monday is a holiday, then the meetings are on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Once every few years, the meetings during Christmas week and New Year’s week are on Wednesdays. See our meeting calendar for more information.

The Council committees usually meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings. Learn more...

You can watch the Council meetings on Channel 8 if you have Denver cable television. You can also watch live and archived video online.  
The City Charter has no requirements for formal education or experience. The requirements in the Charter are stated in B3.1.3 of the Charter as follows:
 
"Each councilman shall be a citizen of the United States; a resident of the City and County of Denver for the two (2) years immediately preceding his election; a qualified elector of the City and County of Denver; over twenty-five (25) years of age and if elected from a council district, the second year of residency shall have been within the district."
 
In addition, the Charter imposes certain restrictions as follows:
 
B3.1.4 Qualifications and Restrictions. No member shall hold any other public elective office or any other employment with the City and County of Denver. No member shall have any direct interest in any contract with the City; nor shall any member have any interest arising by contract or other relationship which creates a substantial conflict of interest with respect to that member's Council duties which cannot be avoided by abstention or by disqualification from participation in a transaction or series of transactions without adversely affecting the interests of the city...

B3.1.5 No person who has been convicted of willful evasion of City or State taxes; or who has been convicted of malfeasance in office, bribery or other corrupt practices, shall be qualified for membership in the council.
The procedures for running for City offices are stated in Chapter C of the Charter, which you can view on our website via theDenver Revised Municipal Code.
 
You should read the entire Charter election section and should talk to the staff of the Elections Division about how to run. There are many complex rules governing the conduct of campaigns, and this portion of the Council’s web page cannot address them all. But the short version is that the formal process for running for office starts with the nomination of the candidate. The Charter describes the nomination process as follows:

"C1.5 Nomination--How made. The name of a candidate for district councilman shall be placed upon the ballot when a verified petition of not less than one hundred (100) signatures of registered electors, who reside in the district in which the candidate resides, shall have been filed in his behalf at least forty-five (45) days before the day of election in the manner and form and under the conditions established by the election commission, unless otherwise provided by ordinance in pursuance of this charter. The name of a candidate for mayor or auditor or councilman-at-large or election commissioner shall be placed upon the ballot when a verified petition of not less than three hundred (300) signatures of registered electors shall have been filed in his behalf at least forty-five (45) days before the day of election in the manner and form and under the conditions established by the election commission, unless otherwise provided by ordinance in pursuance of this charter." 
The current salary, in place since July 16, 2013, is $80,753 for 12 members and $90,428 for the Council President.
Council members are elected to represent their district or the city on a full time basis.
Yes, they each have one office, and the office is either supplied by the City or the City pays the rent for the office. The two at large members and one of the district members have offices in the City and County Building. The other members have offices in their Council districts.
In 2011, each Councilmember received $135,073 to operate his or her office, which provides for the salary, taxes, and benefits of his/her staff, and supplies for operating his/her office.  Staffing costs for these offices are approximately 85% of that budget, and 15% is remaining for operations of the office.
Before the Council recess, the members tell the President which bills they want to call out for a vote. Only those bills are voted on individually. The other bills are passed in block vote.
The President is elected by the members, not the voters. During the Council meeting on the third Monday of July, the Council elects new officers - a President and a Pro Tem. The President serves one year. In addition to presiding over the meetings, the President appoints committees and designates their functions.
Visit our maps and data section on our 'About Us' page to download council district maps
City Council meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to speak at a scheduled public hearing, you must sign up during the recess of Council. If you do not sign up during the recess of Council, you will not be given the opportunity to speak. The time that Council recesses varies from week to week, so it is recommended that you be here by 5:30 p.m to be given the opportunity to sign up to speak. Learn more...
City Council meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. If you would like to speak at a scheduled public hearing, you must sign up during the recess of Council. If you do not sign up during the recess of Council, you will not be given the opportunity to speak. The time that Council recesses varies from week to week, so it is recommended that you be here by 5:30 p.m to be given the opportunity to sign up to speak.
 
Learn more about the rules of procedure during hearings.
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