What is the general public comment session at the Denver City Council?
On the first and third meeting of each month, starting at 5 p.m., the Denver City Council hosts a 30-minute public comment session before the meeting of Council, inviting members of the public to address the full Council on any topic that is not scheduled for a public hearing.
How long will I get to speak?
Each speaker gets a maximum of 3 minutes to speak on any topic of his/her choice. The Council member presiding over the public comment session gavels the speaker when the 3 minutes has expired.
Where is the general public comment session?
The general public comment session takes place in the Council Chambers.
City & County Building, Room 450
1437 Bannock Street
Denver CO 80202
How do I sign up to speak at the general public comment session?
Starting at 12 p.m. on the Friday before the next scheduled general public comment session, sign up
Topics are required, so include them in all emails and voicemails, or your inquiry will be put on hold until a topic is given.
Sign-up closes at 4:30 p.m. the day of the general public comment session.
What information will I be asked to provide in order to sign up to speak?
First name, last name, mailing address, email address, phone number, whether ADA or language interpretation accommodations are needed (must be requested at least one business day in advance of the scheduled general public comment session), and speaker topic.
No yielding of time is permitted and NO sign-up by proxy; the person wishing to speak must be the one to sign up. Only one sign-up per person is permitted. Topics are required, and must not pertain to an item scheduled for either a required or courtesy public hearing.
How is speaker order determined?
Speaker order is decided on a first-come, first-served basis (using the date/time the sign-up request is received) with preference given to those individuals who did not speak at the previous general public comment session. Once the 4:30 p.m. deadline passes, Legislative Services staff prints and posts the speaker order (names only) on the Council Chambers’ doors and in the front office.
Will everyone who signs up get to speak?
The general public comment session is 30 minutes. Council will accommodate as many speakers as can fit within that timeframe. Depending on how many individuals sign up and the order in which the request is received, the requester might not be able to speak.
Will I get a response back from Council?
The Council will not respond directly to any speaker during the general public comment session. However, follow-up responses after the public comment session may be provided on issues raised by speakers at the request of Council members, when information is requested by speakers, or when issues raised can be addressed directly by Legislative Services staff or a Council office.
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