Qatar’s first Municipal Council was formed in the early 1950s. In 1999, free elections were held to form the Central Municipal Council (CMC). CMC elections are held every four years.
The council, which comprises 29 elected members representing constituencies from more than 230 regions in the State of Qatar, is an independent entity that carries out its responsibilities without interference. Members determine their work program and budget, and make recommendations to the Ministry. Regular council meetings are held in public in Doha every two weeks with a quorum of two thirds of members.The CMC's powers and responsibilities include: