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.
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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.
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May 23, 2023 (2)
Finance Part 2
May 23, 2023 (1)
Finance Part 1
May 22, 2023
May 17, 2023
Traffic and Parking
May 16, 2023
May 10, 2023
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.
The Meet the Councilors page lists each Councilor by name, with his/her address, office phone number and email information. You may also submit a message through the Contact a City Councilor online form.
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 application 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.
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Worcester, MA 01608
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