Key Documents

City Charter

Voted into place by citizens, the City Charter(PDF, 287KB) describes in detail the form and structure of Alameda's municipal government

City Council Meeting Rules of Order



           The City Council adopts Rosenberg’s Rules of Order(PDF, 382KB) to govern the proceedings of City Council meetings, with the following exceptions and additions:

1.  Suspension of the Rules.  A supermajority of the City Council (4 members) may suspend the rules for a specific purpose.  When rules are suspended, the vote to do so should state the purpose for suspending the rules.

2. Special Order of the Day. Ceremonial presentations, announcements and proclamations under Special Orders of the Day shall be limited to no more than fifteen (15) minutes as required by the Sunshine Ordinance.  Staff and/or the Mayor will work to prepare recipients prior to the meeting.

3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Matters.  Anyone wishing to speak on matters not on the agenda may do so under “Oral Communication, Non-Agenda.”  Speakers shall limit comments to three (3) minutes or less.  As required by the Sunshine Ordinance, the meeting agenda shall provide up to fifteen (15) minutes for this use at the beginning of the meeting.  Any speakers not called will be called under the later scheduled non-agenda public comment.  Speakers may comment only once on the same topic even where multiple meetings are held on the same day. No speaker may cede time to another.

4. Public Comment on Agenda Items.  Public comment will be allowed on all agenda items at the time each item is called.  All speakers, regardless of elected or appointed status, shall limit comments to three (3) minutes or less.  Comments shall be limited to two (2) minutes for items with seven (7) or more speakers.  No speaker may cede time to another.  Public comment is not permitted on motions.  Presentations and Council questions precede public comment.  Public comment shall not be used to elicit a debate and speakers shall avoid personal attacks of members of the Council, staff or public.

5. Consent Items.  Agenda items listed under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and will be enacted, approved, or adopted by one motion without discussion.  Any Council member or member of the public or Council may request removal of a specific item for discussion or explanation.  The removed/“pulled” item will be voted on separately.

6. Council Questions and Comments.  Each Councilmember may ask questions and deliberate for up to nine (9) minutes per agenda item.  Presentations and procedural discussions are not timed.  Special meetings and workshops addressing one topic, taking place on a day no other Council meeting is taking place where regular City business is being considered, also will not be timed.  Councilmembers should refrain from asking questions during staff presentations.  

7. Counting Votes.  The vote count on a motion will be determined by the majority of the membership unless a greater threshold is required by law.  A supermajority is two-thirds of the City Council (4 members).

8. Latest Time a New Agenda Item May Be Called.  No new regular agenda items or council referrals will be heard after 11:00 p.m.


Municipal Code

The Municipal Code is the body of law that has been enacted by the Alameda City Council. The entire document is available online for easy viewing.

Sunshine Ordinance

The Sunshine Ordinance is codified in the Municipal Code, Chapter II, Article VIII. Click here(PDF, 40KB) for an outline of the process and complaint form.

Pursuant to the Sunshine Ordinance, frequently requested information is available here(PDF, 27KB) and the records destruction schedule is available here(PDF, 714KB).

Document Database

Agenda Packets

Agendas and staff reports for the City Council, Community Improvement Commission and Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority meetings

 Campaign Fundraising Statements ‎(Form 460)‎

Forms that start with the period covering January 1 through June 30 2018 are filed in a searchable electronic database. Forms from 2000 to 2017 are available here.

 Conflict of Interest ‎(Form 700)‎

Statements of Economic Interests Form 700s, are used for officials and staff designated in the City's Conflict of Interest Code to disclose any economic interests within the jurisdiction

 Meeting Minutes

Approved minutes for the City Council, Community Improvement Commission and Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority meetings.


Ordinances are municipal laws affecting the general health, safety and welfare of the public. With the exception of emergency ordinances, all ordinances must go through two readings or presentations at two separate City Council meetings. Most ordinances do not become effective until thirty days after the approval of the second reading.


Resolutions are formalized Council motions

CEQA Notices (Due to COVID-19 related health orders, many County facilities are closed or have limited public access, therefore under EO N-54-20 (until June 22, 2020), the City must make certain CEQA notices available to the public by taking several additional steps, one of which is posting such materials on the City’s public-facing website.)  

Notice of Determination(PDF, 258KB) – 1245 McKay Avenue, Design Review Approval PLN20-0047 (posted 6/9/2020)

Notice of Exemption(PDF, 120KB) – 1245 McKay Avenue, Design Review Approval PLN20-0047 (posted 6/9/2020)