The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Most associations establish a 3-minute limit per speaker and an overall time-limit 30 minutes for open forum.
Purpose of Limitations. Time limits for open forum are important so board members can attend to the business of the association. Otherwise, an open-ended open forum could run for hours and prevent the board from discussing and voting on contracts, repair issues, policies, etc. that are important to the association. Similar limitations exist in city council meetings.
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