AP Style City Council

Capitalize when part of a proper name. For example,

  • The Chicago City Council is meeting tonight.

Retain capitalization if the reference is to a specific council but the context does not require the city name. For example,

  • CHICAGO (AP) — The City Council is meeting tonight.

Lowercase in other uses. For example,

  • The Chicago and Boston city councils are meeting together.
  • A city council is a powerful body.

Use the proper name if the body is not known as a city council.

  • the Miami City Commission
  • the City Commission
  • the commission
  • the Louisville Board of Aldermen
  • the Board of Aldermen
  • the board

Use “city council” in a generic sense for plural references. For example,

  • The Boston, Louisville, and Miami city councils all have meetings tonight.


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