City Council

​​The City of Virginia Beach operates under the council-manager form of government.
Council Chamber Dais

The 11-member City Council is the city's governing body. Members serve four-year terms. In the past, all registered voters were eligible to vote for all members of the City Council. In the November 2022 election, residents were only able to vote for candidates who live in their newly defined district (as determined by the U.S. District Court). All residents will still be able to vote for the mayor. The mayor’s election will take place in 2024.

​View the current session of the Virginia Beach City Council via the media ​center.​

City Council Formal Session Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at the Municipal Center, Building 1 - Second Floor.

Meetings will be held on the first and second Tuesdays in July and December.​
Meetings will be held the second and third Tuesdays in August since National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August.

Agenda meetings are open to the public. Informal sessions are held prior to the formal sessions. Starting times are determined by the agenda.

If you have physical, hearing, or visual impairments and need assistance at these meetings, call the Virginia Relay Center at (800) 828-1120, and ask them to call the city clerk at (757) 385-4303 at least 48 hours in advance.

Council meetings are cablecast live on VBTV Cox Cable channel 48, Verizon Cable channel 45, and on's media center. The meeting is rebroadcast on Cox channel 48 and Verizon channel 45 the following Thursday at 7 p.m.; Friday at 9 a.m.; and Sunday at 9 a.m.

2023 City Council Retreat

ICYMI: Virginia Beach City Council held its two-day retreat Jan. 24-25, 2023. Watch the full recorded livestreams below. Download all the handouts/materials: 2023 Council Retreat Binder

Page Last Updated: May 15, 2023