Request to Speak
City Council holds a Matters by the Public session, called "Community Matters", for up to 16 speakers at the beginning of each regular meeting, which starts at 6:30 pm. Speakers may sign up in advance of the meeting for 8 of the 16 slots. You may request a speaking slot starting at 9 am the day after the previous Council meeting.
Sign up to Speak
If you wish to sign up in advance to speak, please fill out the Community Matters Request to Speak form. The deadline for signing up for an advanced spot is 9 am the day of the meeting.
You may also email the Clerk of Council’s office, call 434-970-3113, or contact in person at the Clerk’s office on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Please provide your name, address, and the topic about which you wish to speak.
Each request that comes in over email, phone, or in person is given a number. All numbers are submitted to an online random number sequencer that generates random numbers in the range of total sign-ups. (Example: 30 people sign up, and 30 random numbers are generated between 1 and 30.) The first 8 randomly generated numbers are given speaking slots. The remaining speakers are placed on the wait list in the randomly generated order. Both the list of eight speakers and the wait list are published on the City’s website by noon on the day of Council meetings; the Clerk will notify speakers of their status. For the remaining eight slots, a sign-up sheet will be provided by the Clerk at 6 pm in Council Chambers the day of the meeting.
- Speakers may speak for a maximum of three minutes and shall begin by identifying their name and address.
- Speakers participating in Community Matters may not speak on a topic scheduled for a public hearing.
- If a speaker is not present when his or her name is called, the slot will be forfeited.
- The person whose name is written on the speaker sheet must be the person who begins speaking, although they may be accompanied by others to the podium and may share or conceded their time.
- Matters by the Public is also held at the end of each meeting; there is no limit on the number of speakers, and there is the same three minute time limit for each speaker. Sign-ups are not required.
- For public hearings, a sign-up sheet will be provided by the Clerk at 6 pm in Council Chambers the day of the meeting.
For more information, please see Section D of the Charlottesville City Council Meeting Procedures (PDF), or contact the Clerk of Council’s office by email, by phone at 434-970-3113, or in person at the Clerk’s office on the 2nd floor of City Hall.