Get Involved Saint Paul

Your involvement in your community is critical to the welfare of our democratic society. In his farewell address to the nation on January 10, 2017, President Barack Obama provided a 21st century assessment of "our bold experiment in self-government." His words are a powerful summary of the role every person plays in public life: "It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we've been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours." Saint Paul has an exceptional legacy of active residents from all walks of life volunteering contributions to the city's civic and social vibrancy. Moving forward, we hope that you will continue to consider how you can best bring your talents to benefit your neighbors. Here are some resources to learn how to become involved.

District Councils

The 17 District Councils are critical to the civic infrastructure of Saint Paul. These autonomous 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations contract with city government on an annual basis to provide opportunities for residents to be involved in city planning, land use and transportation issues. Community building events and activities are essential to the success of district councils in engaging residents and also contribute greatly to the social vitality of Saint Paul.

Envisioning Our City's Future

Whether it's preparing for what's next in our neighborhoods and commercial centers, designing parks and rec centers, shaping libraries or modernizing our roads and transit infrastructure, plans are in the works. You can check out what's happening across city government.

Volunteering On A City Board

There are a number of city committees, boards and commissions that rely on volunteer efforts in order to keep city government moving forward. The Mayor's office has created a portal to allow interested individuals to learn more about these bodies and apply for open positions.

Stay Connected To What's Happening

There's a number of ways to stay in touch with city government about what's happening in your neighborhood. You can subscribe to receive email updates on all kinds of activity in your neighborhood, including applications for proposed development and business permits, police response reports or news about local libraries, parks and recreation centers.  The city information and complaint line--651-266-8989--accepts calls 7:30AM to 4:30PM, Monday through Friday. You can also submit a web form to their operator team at the Department of Safety & Inspections here. Finally, we have prepared a comprehensive Community Guide on getting involved in local government and navigating city services that is updated annually.