City of York

City Council

101 S. George St., York, PA 17401
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 509, York, PA 17405
Phone: 717-849-2246 | Fax: 717-812-0557
City Clerk: Dianna L. Thompson-Mitchell

Declaration of Disaster Emergency (COVID-19)

(17 MAR 2020) York, PA — At its March 17, 2020 legislative meeting, York City Council approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. City Hall will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020 and will remain closed until Governor Wolf lifts the stay-at-home order. Click here to read the declaration.

York City Council Will Transition To Virtual Meetings Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(13 APR 2020) York, PA — The City of York continues to take proactive and preventive measures in alignment with the statewide stay-at-home order issued by Governor Tom Wolf.

In an effort to protect citizens and city staff, City Council meetings will transition to a virtual format beginning with its Tuesday, April 21st legislative session. Please visit Council’s agenda page for instructions on how to watch and participate.  (Click here to be redirected to the agendas page)

About the Council

The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by the Act of July 15, 1957, P.L. 901, has granted to the City of York and other third class cities of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the right to adopt a home rule charter and a new form of government and to exercise broadly the power of local self-government. The residents of the City of York have elected to be governed under the Mayor-Council Charter Plan beginning January 1, 1962. The Optional Third Class City Charter Law of 1957 permits the broadest power of local self-government consistent with the Constitution of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The legislative power of the City Government is vested in and exercised by Council and in accordance with the Optional Third Class Charter Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Every Legislative act of Council is done by Ordinance or Resolution. City Council enacts all laws of City government and authorizes expenditures of City funds. The Council is comprised of five members, elected at-large, with members serving four year terms. The Council assembles on the first Monday of January following the regular municipal election to reorganize and elect a president to preside over meetings and perform other duties as prescribed by the Council.

Legislative sessions are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, except when such Tuesday is a legal holiday observed by the City Government, summer recess, or when the general and/or primary elections fall on such Tuesday, then the regular meeting will be held on the following day or on such other day as the Council shall designate. Council may also meet on other days and times as posted. For information on Council actions, meetings, and/or ordinances, or to appear before the City Council, contact the City Clerk at (717) 849-2246.


Notable Documents

Articles of Incorporation 1962 City Charter Strategic Comprehensive Plan 2030 2008 Municipal Records Manual

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