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Attending Council

Regular Council meetings are open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to attend Council to observe our municipal government in action.

When does Council meet?

Essex Town Council generally meets the first and third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the County Council Chambers at the Essex Civic Centre (360 Fairview Avenue West). When a meeting would fall on a holiday, it is moved to Tuesday.

Regular and Special Council meeting dates are posted on the Council Calendar.

Council agendas and minutes

Council agendas are posted on the Council Calendar on Thursday afternoons prior to Council meetings. Minutes are released as part of the next meeting agenda and are posted on the Council Calendar after they are approved.

Visit our Agendas and Minutes page to find out more.

Delegations to council

Any person who wishes to appear before Council as a Delegation on a matter that relates specifically to a matter contained in the Regular Council Meeting Agenda shall submit a Delegation Request Form no later than 4:30 PM on the Friday immediately preceding the date of the Regular Council Meeting. The Clerk shall have the sole authority to determine if the subject matter does in fact relate specifically to a matter contained in the Regular Council Meeting Agenda for purposes of allowing or denying the Delegation and the Clerk will introduce such Delegation Request Form(s) at the time of adopting the Published Agenda.

If you would like to address Council as a delegation, you must submit a Delegation Request Form to the Clerk by 2:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Copies of this form are also available at the Municipal Office.

Before you decide to appear before Council, please consider discussing your concerns with a member of Town staff or your Council Member.

You may also wish to review the Guide for Delegations, which explains how to make a request, deliver your presentation, and comply with the procedural rules that govern Town Council meetings.

Council is governed by rules of procedure contained in Procedural By-law 1592.


Petitions allow citizens the opportunity to provide Council with input on important decisions. A petition can be effective when the information contained in it is accurate and verifiable, and when the petition is recognized and accepted by decision makers. The Town of Essex Petition Policy sets out the criteria that petitions must meet and provides directions on how to submit a petition to Council.

Closed meetings

From time to time, Council may need to hold closed meetings to discuss specific matters. This means that the meeting is closed to the public. In accordance with the Municipal Act, only certain matters may be considered during a closed meeting including the purchase and sale of land, litigation or potential litigation, labour relations, and personal matters about an identifiable individual, including employees.

Council Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for Members of Council outlines the principles of good conduct and ethics that Council Members are expected to demonstrate in the performance of their duties as elected officials.

The Town of Essex has appointed an Integrity Commissioner to investigate reports of behaviour or activities that contravene the Code of Conduct. Please view the Integrity Commissioner page on this website for more information.