The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea is a General Law City and operates a Council-City Administrator style of government and derives its power from the California Constitution and laws enacted by the State legislature. All legislative power is held by the publicly elected, five member City Council which consists of the Mayor and four Councilmembers. While all Councilmembers enjoy the same powers and privileges, the Mayor has the additional responsibility of presiding over City Council meetings, signing official documents, and officiating at ceremonies and events.
The Mayor and four Councilmembers represent the residents of Carmel-by-the-Sea, review public policy, and adopt policies responsive to the community. The City Council meets the first Monday and Tuesday of each month at 4:30 p.m. (with the exception of Holidays) in the Council Chamber of Carmel City Hall located on the east side of Monte Verde Street between Ocean and 7th Avenues.
There are six City Boards and Commissions:
- Building Code Board of Appeals
- Community Activities Commission
- Forest and Beach Commission
- Historic Resources Board
- Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees
- Planning Commission
City Boards and Commissions advise and assist the City Council in dealing with specific projects, policies, and issues.
The City Clerk conducts all regular and special elections and is the City’s Election Official. As the Elections Official, the City Clerk is the point of contact for all things elections-related, including but not limited to: candidates, citizen initiative petitions, measures, and campaign financial filings. The City consolidates elections with the County of Monterey.
Elections for City Council positions are held in November of even-numbered years. Council Members and the Mayor are elected at-large and serve staggering terms. The Mayor’s term is 2 years, and Councilmember terms are 4 years.
- Agenda packets for each City meeting will be published online and made available at the links below.
- Agenda packets for regular meetings will be available online at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting, and at least 24 hours in advance for special meetings.
- Upcoming meetings for the next six months are currently listed on the City’s calendar of events.
- Searching Past Meeting Agendas by Topic - instructions can be found
The CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA MUNICIPAL CODE is current through Ordinance 2023-05, and legislation passed through July 11, 2023.
The City Clerk’s office has the official version of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Municipal Code. Users should contact the City Clerk’s office for ordinances passed subsequent to the ordinance cited above.
Welcome! To address serious traffic congestion in our business district, the City has established the Parking and Congested Traffic (PACT) program. We invite you to be an active participant in the process. To aid you in being involved, we have curated these pages to include: