Worcester's City Council consists of eleven council members, including the Mayor & Councilor-at-Large, Joe Petty. These eleven elected officials serve as the legislative body of the city. City Council members are responsible for representing the interests and needs of their city and community. There are six Councilors-at-Large and five Councilors that each represent a specific district in Worcester (Districts 1-5).
The City Council generally meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the third floor of City Hall. Standing Committees meet as needed.
Beginning in January 2002 supporting documentation for City Council and City Council Standing Committee agenda items are available via the "Attachments" hyperlink next to an item on the agenda face.
Beginning with the 2020-2021 City Council, the Standing Committees were reorganized. The reorganization included merging Municipal Operations and Rules & Legislative Affairs into the Committee on Municipal & Legislative Operations and merging Youth, Parks & Recreation and Veterans' & Military Affairs into the Committee on Veterans' Memorials, Parks & Recreation. In addition, the Committee on Urban Technologies, Innovations & Environment was added.
August 10, 2021
July 20, 2021
June 29, 2021
June 22, 2021
June 15, 2021
June 8, 2021
June 1, 2021
May 25, 2021 (2)
City Council Part 2
August 25, 2021
Traffic and Parking
August 5, 2021
August 4, 2021
Public Health and Human Services
July 28, 2021
July 22, 2021
Traffic and Parking
June 28, 2021
June 24, 2021
June 23, 2021
Urban Technologies, Innovation and Environment
An individual may petition the City Council on a wide range of topics including the condition of streets and sidewalks, street lighting, public safety, housing, zoning, taxation, traffic, parking and many others.
Review the minutes of meetings available on the City Council page.
Generally, the City Council convenes four times per month on Tuesday evenings. The meeting dates and agendas are posted in advance on the Municipal Calendar.
Learn more about Public Meetings, the Guide to Participation in Public Meetings and the terminology used in City Council.
The process involves public meetings and a vote by City Council members. Councilors establish and put in place public policy to meet the changing needs of Worcester.
Every fiscal year, they also review and approve the City’s operating and capital budget. Councilors track City services to guarantee their efficiency and reasonable cost.
The terms of the City Council and Mayor are two years. Elections for seats on the City Council are held in odd numbered years.
An individual may Petition the City Council on a wide range of topics including the condition of streets and sidewalks, street lighting, public safety, housing, zoning, taxation, traffic, parking and many others. The deadline for filing a petition is 4:15 p.m. on the Thursday preceding each Tuesday Council meeting.
Residents are represented by six Councilors-at-Large and five District Councilors. Use this map to see your District.
Use this form to state a concern, contact or invite a City Councilor to a meeting.
The City Clerk's Office guides you on how to reach your city councilors and file a petition.