Colstrip operates under a charter form of government, with the citizens electing a mayor and four council members to set the policies of city government. The mayor and council members are elected to four-year terms.
As part of each meeting agenda, action may be taken on: zoning matters, awarding of contracts to purchase equipment, supplies or for construction improvements within the city, ordinances, and resolutions.
During meetings, citizens may address the council on items pertaining to the agenda.
Minutes of past city council meetings are posted at this site after they are approved by the city council. The agenda of the next council meeting is posted at this site approximately four days before a council meeting.