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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 the Denver 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 January 2015 is $91,915 for 12 members and $102,928 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. The office is either in a city-owned building or the City pays the rent for the office. Eight council members have offices in the City & County Building while the remaining five have offices located in their 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...

Speakers may sign-up from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Office, Room 451. Speakers arriving after 5:30 will have to wait to sign up until the recess prior to the public hearing. 

During the recess, council staff will distribute speaker cards at the speaker’s podium. Complete the card, including your address, and return it to council staff. The speaker card must be signed by the speaker. No sign-ups will be accepted after council is back in session. 

NO sign-up by proxy; the person wishing to speak must be the one to sign up.

For more information and to learn about other opportunities to address council, please visit the Public Input tab.