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.
Boards and Commissions
There are six City Boards and Commissions:
- Building Code Board of Appeals
- Community Activities Commission
- Forest and Beach Commission
- Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees
- Historic Resources Board
- Planning Commission
City Boards and Commissions advise and assist the City Council in dealing with specific projects, policies, and issues.
The City’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30. Each year in June the City Council adopts its budget, including the Capital Improvement Plan and fees for City services.
- FY 2018-2019 Adopted Budget
- FY 2017-2018 Audit
- FY 2017-2018 Adopted Budget
- FY 2016-2017 Audit
- FY 2016-2017 Adopted Budget
- FY 2015-2016 Adopted Budget
- FY 2014-2015 Adopted Budget
- FY 2013-2014 Adopted Budget
- FY 2019-2020 Adopted Budget
- FY 2018-2019 Audit
- FY 20-21 Adopted Budget
- FY 2019-2020 Audit
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update Oct - Dec 2020
- Parking Violations & Bail Schedule
- Building and Safety Valuation Tables
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update January - March 2021
- FY 21-22 Adopted Budget
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update April-June 2021
- FY 2020-2021 Audit
- FY 2022-2023 Proposed Budget Book
- FY 22 -23 Budget Questions
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update July - September 2021
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update Oct - Dec 2021
- Adopted 2022-23 Budget Book
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update January - March 2022
- City of Carmel Sales Tax Update April - June 2022
- Read more
Because of COVID-19 City meetings are currently being held virtually. Agenda packets for each City meeting will be published and made available here for public review prior to each meeting.
For those using Windows to stream meetings please click here.
Click here to watch videos and LIVE meetings on the City’s YouTube channel.
Upcoming meetings for the next six months are currently listed on the City’s calendar of events. Agenda packets for regular meetings will be available below, at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.
Watching Archived Meetings
- Find the meeting you would like to watch below.
- click the red triangle play button icon to the right of the meeting you would like to watch.
- An agenda for the meeting will launch.
- Click the links on far left of the agenda to watch the section of the meeting of interest.
- A video player will launch and the meeting recording will begin playing.
For best results we recommend using an up-to-date web browser.
Searching for Past Meeting Recordings and Agendas
The last six months of all City meetings appear on this page. To search for a specific meeting:
- In the top drop down box choose a date range for the meeting you are looking for. The default is a 6 month span.
- Choose the meeting type.
- Click the search button.
- Scroll down to review the search results.
If you change any of the search criteria after an initial search you will need to click the search button again.
The Carmel-by-the-Sea Municipal Code is current through Ordinance 2020-008, passed December 15, 2020.
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.
Public Records Requests
As a public agency, the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea adheres to the California Public Records Act (CPRA) which requires that governmental records shall be disclosed to the public, upon request, unless there is a specific reason not to do so.