City Council Meeting Process and Order

City Council Responsibilities

The City Council meets to conduct the public's business for the City and County of Broomfield. Since the inception of the combined city and county government which began Nov. 15, 2001, the Broomfield City Council has handled both municipal and county responsibilities under the jurisdiction of the City Charter and the voter-approved amendment to the Constitution of the State of Colorado.

The Council Procedures and Rules of Order are followed at each meeting.

Council Meetings and Participation

Council meetings are open to the public, and you are encouraged to attend and participate. To watch and/or participate in a city council meeting, or to view past recorded meetings or review agendas, minutes, meeting packets, videos and other available documents, visit the City Council Meetings page for all the information.

Ordinances

City laws are codified in the Broomfield Municipal Code, and consist of the city's ordinances. Ordinances are the laws passed by City Council. Under the city's charter, all legislative acts must be passed by ordinance. Ordinances are required for actions that appropriate money, create indebtedness, levy taxes, establish rules that if violated and have a penalty (fines or jail) imposed. Ordinances are also required for any action that involves the use of private property, such as annexation or zoning issues. All new ordinances require postings in designated facilities, publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the city, and at least one public hearing before they are adopted.

Resolutions

Resolutions are formal expressions of the City Council's opinion, will or intent. Resolutions must be confined to one subject. The city's annual budget is adopted by resolution, as are other routine actions which the City Council must authorize. Some examples are:

  • Appointments
  • Agreements with outside consultants or vendors
  • Authorizations of purchases
  • Leases

The remainder of City Council actions are done by simple motion as outlined in Roberts Rules of Order.