Joint meetings of the City Council, Successor Agency Board, Montclair Housing Authority Commission, Montclair Housing Corporation Board, and Montclair Community Foundation Board (simply referred to as "City Council meetings") are held on the first and third Mondays of each month. The public is invited to attend these meetings.
City Council meetings reflect the most accessible of our legislative groups in this country. If you've never been to a City Council meeting, please plan to attend one soon!
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in a City Council meeting, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (909) 625–9416. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (28 CFR 35.102–35.104 ADA Title II)
Council Chambers Location
What to Expect at a Council Meeting
City Council meetings begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive before the meeting begins. Copies of the agenda are available for the public to review before or during the meeting. Complimentary coffee and cookies are also provided.
How to Find the Council Chambers
The City Council Chambers are located in the cylindrical building on the corner of Fremont Avenue and Benito Street. You can find directions from your location using Google Maps. The Chambers can be accessed from the west lobby of City Hall, which is kept open after City Hall closes on meeting nights. There are two entrances to the west lobby: one can be seen from the parking lot, and the other faces Fremont Avenue. Both entrances can be seen in the photo above, from the City Hall Veterans Memorial Garden. Once you are in the lobby, the Council Chambers are clearly labeled above the entry way.
Code of Conduct/Decorum at Public Meetings
Please review Ordinance No. 03-830, which outlines the rules of decorum for all participants and observers of the City's public meetings.
In keeping with our long–standing tradition of opening our Council meetings with an invocation, meetings may include a nonsectarian invocation. Such invocations are not intended to proselytize or advance any faith or belief or to disparage any faith or belief. Neither the City nor the City Council endorse any particular religious belief or form of invocation. If you are interested in providing the invocation for a future meeting, please call the City Clerk's Office to schedule or be added to the request list.
If you would like to speak during the meeting, please fill out a yellow speaker card, which is available at the desk as you enter the Council Chambers. It must be placed in the speaker card box on the banister before the meeting begins. All information provided on the card is voluntary and only used to assist in creating the transcription of the meeting. The Mayor will call on speakers at the appropriate time during the meeting.