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Legislative Bodies

Sacramento City Council

The City of Sacramento is a Charter City with legislative powers held by a publicly elected nine-member body referred to as the City Council. The Mayor and one member from each of the City's eight districts make up the City Council. The City Council Members are also members of separate legislative bodies such as the Financing Authority, Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Agency. When these legislative bodies meet concurrently with the City Council it is noted in the meeting materials.

The Council Rules of Procedure are adopted annually to provide clear direction to the mayor, council, staff, and the public in the procedures of the city's legislative bodies.

How Do I Become a City Council Member?

A candidate for City Council must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident and a registered voter in the district they seek to represent. Candidates for Mayor must be a resident and registered voter within the City of Sacramento city limits. In addition, a candidate must be a resident and registered voter for not less than 30 days preceding the date of filing nomination documents. For more information about how to run for office, visit the Elective Offices webpage.

Standing Committees of the Council

The Budget and Audit Committee, Law and Legislation Committee, and Personnel and Public Employees Committee are Standing Committees of the City Council whose members are City Council Members appointed by the Mayor.

2017 Standing Committee Meeting Calendar

Joint Advisory Committees

City Council Members are appointed by the Mayor to serve on a variety of joint power authorities (JPA). These include, but are not limited to, the Local Area Formation Commission, Sacramento Transportation Authority, Sacramento Public Library Authority, Sacramento Regional Transit, and Sacramento Area Council of Governments.

2017 Mayoral JPA Appointments

City Boards and Commissions

The Sacramento City Council has formed a variety of boards, commissions, and committees to assist the City in information gathering and the deliberative process. Boards and Commissions are vital to the operation of the City and ensure public involvement in the governmental process. City Board and Commission members are members of the public appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. For more information about Boards and commissions, please visit the Board & Commissions page.

How Do I Become a Board or Commission Member?

Board and Commission openings occur when a member resigns, or has served the maximum allowable terms. When a position becomes available a filing period is opened. During the open application period interested persons may submit an application to the Office of the Clerk. After the close of the filing period the applications are forwarded to the Personnel & Public Employees Committee or Council Member for review. Recommendations are made to the Mayor, who will make appointments, subject to the confirmation of the City Council. This process takes an average of three months after the close of the application period. The process may take longer if insufficient applications are received and the application period is extended. For more information on available positions, upcoming terms expirations, or to apply please visit the Board & Commission Openings webpage.

Need Assistance or Have Questions?

We are happy to assist you. Please contact us via email at: clerk@cityofsacramento.org, or by phone at (916) 808-7200.