As the elected legislative body of the City of Visalia, the City Council has overall responsibility for the scope, direction, and financing of City services. The City Council, as the legislative body, establishes
The Council is also responsible for establishing land use policies through the General Plan and zoning regulations. Visalia voters elect a 5-member Council to serve as the City's legislative and governing body. Beginning in 2016, citizens in District 1 and 2 voted for their Councilmembers with the remaining three still At Large until November 2018. The members serve four-year terms and they select one member to serve as mayor and one to serve as vice-mayor. A general municipal election is held every two years in November, alternating between two and three positions each cycle.
Charter of the City of Visalia - The City of Visalia is a Charter City as opposed to a General Law City. The City Charter is a written document approved by the electorate and acts as a "constitution" for the city. Amendments,