City Charter Review Commission

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City Charter Review Commission


The City Charter is the legal document that defines the political powers of city government. The Charter defines the relationship between the Mayor, the City Council, the various departments of the city and the residents of St. Petersburg. You can read a current copy of the Charter here.

Why is the City Charter Important to St. Petersburg?

It is the Charter that protects our city's waterfront park system and prevents development of waterfront land unless the public votes in support of doing so through a referendum. The City Charter directs the city's strong mayor form of government, and determines how many Council Members we elect and how our Council Districts are divided. The Charter is, in essence, St. Petersburg's version of the U.S. Constitution.

What is the Charter Review Commission?

The Charter Review Commission (CRC) is a body appointed by the City Council and the Mayor every 10 years. The eight Council Members and the Mayor each appoint one individual to the Commission. The CRC is given the responsibility of reviewing the City Charter and recommending any changes it deems necessary.

When Does the Charter Review Commission Meet?

The 2021 CRC  has completed its work, and the CRC-proposed amendments approved by the City’s electors during the November 2021 municipal general election have been incorporated into the Charter.  Pursuant to City Charter section 8.01, a new CRC is formed every ten years, with the next CRC scheduled to be formed in 2028.