The public can participate in a council meeting in two ways: (1) general citizen communication and (2) speaking on specific agenda items.

COVID-19 Modifications to Public Participation

To register to speak on an agenda item at a given meeting, please see the sign up instructions posted to the Council Meeting Information Center for full Council Meetings or the Council Committee Information Center for Council Committee Meetings.

Specific signup instructions are posted for each meeting, at least 72 hrs. prior to the start of the meeting.

To register for General Communication, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (512-974-2210) or by completing the online form here when the registration period is open.

1) General Communication

Time is set aside at 12 noon at each council meeting for a maximum of 10 individuals to address the council on topics of their choice. A person who intends to speak at this time must register in advance with the City Clerk’s Office. Registration must include the meeting date, name, contact information, and location (either in Council Chambers at the meeting or off-site at a participating library). Contact the Office of the City Clerk by phone (512-974-2210) or online. See the sign-up schedule for registration dates and times at the following link:

2021 General Citizen Communication Schedule

The registration period for a given meeting begins at 9:00 am 21 days prior to the meeting and ends at 4:30 pm 14 days prior to the meeting.

A person may not speak at general communication more often than once out of every three regularly scheduled council meetings.

For those unable to travel to City Hall, Remote/Virtual Communication is now available at the following libraries:   

Ruiz Branch Southeast Austin Regional Branch

1600 Grove Blvd

Manchaca Road Branch South Central Austin Regional Branch

5500 Manchaca Road

Spicewood Springs Branch Far Northwest Branch

8627 Spicewood Springs Road

Carver Branch East Central Branch

1161 Angelina Street

Little Walnut Creek Branch Far North Central Regional Branch

835 W. Rundberg Lane

Yarborough Branch North Central Regional Branch

2200 Hancock Dr

Old Quarry Branch West Central Branch

7051 Village Center Dr

Southeast Community Branch Far Southeast Branch

5803 Nuckols Crossing Road

Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Southwest Branch

5125 Convict Hill Road

2) Speaking on Specific Agenda Items

Individuals may speak on most agenda items by completing an electronic registration in person on the kiosks located in the lobby of City Hall. Individuals can sign up at the kiosks after 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the council meeting. You can speak on several items; however, citizens may not speak on briefings or executive session items.

Donating Time

You may also donate your time to another speaker if:

    You were present when the speaker began to address council
    You can specify the name of the speaker

A speaker may receive donated time from a maximum of two people present and may speak for a maximum of seven minutes. The council may limit the number of speakers or the length of testimony in compliance with state law. 

Consent Agenda Items

The council may adopt items without a separate vote on each item as the consent agenda. You may register to speak on consent agenda items.

    You may speak one time, for up to three minutes on the consent agenda as a whole, regardless of the number of items for which you have signed up to speak.
    You may not participate in removing more than three items from the consent agenda during a council meeting.

Participation at a Work Session

Except as provided in the City Code, citizen participation is not permitted at a work session meeting.