Request to Speak Before the City Council
Please use the form below to request to speak at a City Council meeting. Below the form are procedural rules of Des Moines City Council. In the Request Details section of the form
make sure you include the individual(s) who are requesting to speak in the "speaker(s)" field. Also include specific information regarding the topic in the "Regarding" field.
- Have you contacted any City Staff regarding the subject matter of your request? If so, please advice which department or individual.
Procedural Rules of Des Moines City Council
Part III. Agenda
Rule 16. Citizen Agenda Requests.
Any citizen may request the right to have an item placed on the Agenda (including a request to speak) by filing such request in writing with the City Clerk prior to 5:00 PM on the Wednesday preceding the Council meeting.
Part V. Citizen Participation
Rule 27. Citizen's Right to Address Council.
Persons other than Council Members shall be permitted to address the Council only upon specific Agenda Items.
Rule 28. Manner of Addressing Council.
A person desiring to address the Council shall step to the podium, state his or her name, address, and group affiliation (if any) and speak clearly into the microphone.
Rule 29. Time Limit on Citizen's Remarks.
Citizens shall be limited to five minutes speaking time per item, unless additional time is granted by the presiding officer. Total citizen input on any subject under Council consideration can be limited to a fixed period by the presiding officer. A majority vote of the Council may extend the time limitations of this rule.