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No person shall address a meeting of a public body without permission of the chair, and all persons shall, at the request of the chair, be silent. No person shall disrupt the proceedings of a meeting of a public body. If, after clear warning from the chair, a person continues to disrupt the proceedings, the chair may order the person to withdraw from the meeting and if the person does not withdraw, the chair may authorize a constable or other officer to remove the person from the meeting.



No person will be admitted within the rail in the Sullivan Chamber or in Members' Lobby connected with said chamber at any meeting of the City Council except upon permission of the chair.



  1. State your name and address
  2. State the agenda item you are speaking about
  3. Only comments on agenda items under debate are allowed
  4. Signs, posters, and placards must remain outside the Chamber

Public Comment Sign Up Form

Public comment is open to anyone wishing to speak to an item on the City Council agenda. This form should also be used to sign up to provide testimony/comment at a Public Hearing. Please note that any information you enter below will be displayed as you speak.

Please refer to the specific agenda item that you wish to speak on. For example, Policy Order #5. Do not refer to the index number (ex: POR 2017 #276). Please contact the council office if you have any questions.

No Meetings Open for Registration

There are no meetings currently open for public comment registration; please check the Hearing Schedule for a list of upcoming meetings. Please note that as per Cambridge City Council rules, members of the public may only sign up for public comment during prescribed hours:

RULE 24C. Public Comment.

  1. Regular business meetings
    1. Under the provisions of Chapter 43, Section 98 of the General Laws, Tercentenary Edition, individuals and employees of the city shall have reasonable opportunity to be heard at any meeting of the City Council in regard to any matter considered thereat. Opportunities for individuals and employees of the City to be heard at all regular meetings, except for roundtable/working meetings, shall be provided directly after the reading of the record, if requested by the City Council (submission of the record of the previous meeting). Members of the public may comment upon items in the following categories of business: Motions for reconsideration, City Manager’s consent agenda, Unfinished business from preceding meetings, Applications and Petitions requiring approval or referral by the City Council, Consent resolutions, Consent Policy orders and resolutions relating to policy analysis or development, Committee Reports, Roundtable/Working Meeting Minutes, Communications and Reports from Other City Officers and Late Policy Orders and Resolutions. Each speaker shall limit his or her comments to no more than three minutes.
    2. Procedure: An individual may signup to speak before the City Council via telephone to the City Council office on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or on-line via the City’s website, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Friday before the meeting. On Mondays, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. a computer terminal will be available to the public in the City Council Office for on-line signup. The individual must indicate on the signup sheet which item(s) he or she is planning to address.
  2. Regular roundtable/working meetings.

    Public comment shall not take place at working/roundtable meetings of the City Council, where no matter being discussed may be finally considered, in that no votes may be taken. Written comments will be accepted and made part of the record of the meeting. The opportunity for the public to make oral comments on items discussed at working/roundtable meetings shall be at the regular meeting at which the item may be considered for action by the City council.
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