Tehran City Council (1968–1979)

Tehran City Council (Persian: انجمن شهر تهران, romanizedanjoman-e šahr-e teḥrān) was the directly-elected city council of Tehran and the first such institution to convene in Iran, serving as a model for other city councils in the country.[1] It formalized selection of Mayor of Tehran, designated by the Ministry of Interior. The council had 30 members and 12 committees each with 5 members, with each member able to chair in up to two.[1] The members met once per week in an open session attended by the mayor and journalists.[1]

Tehran City Council
Term limits
4 years[1]
Disbanded11 February 1979 (1979-02-11)
Succeeded byIslamic City Council of Tehran
  • Financial Affairs
  • Budget and Organization of the Municipality
  • Town Planning and Reconstruction
  • Urban Taxes
  • Public Hygiene
  • Daily Needs
  • Guild Affairs
  • Urban Services
  • General and Physical Education
  • Legal Affairs
  • Liaison with Neighborhood Councils[1]
First election
Last election

The council suffered from the weakness of democratic accountability, lack of administrational and financial autonomy and limited scope of authority.[3]

The last elections to the council took place in 1976 and it was abolished in 1979 when the Iranian Revolution took place.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Ḥosayn Farhūdī (15 December 1991). "CITY COUNCILS". In Yarshater, Ehsan (ed.). Encyclopædia Iranica. Vol. V. pp. 646–648.
  2. ^ H. E. Chehabi (1998). "The Pahlavi period". Iranian Studies. 31 (3–4): 498. doi:10.1080/00210869808701927.
  3. ^ Hans-Liudger Dienel, M. Reza Shirazi, Sabine Schröder, Jenny Schmithals (2017), Citizens' Participation in Urban Planning and Development in Iran, Taylor & Francis, p. 22, ISBN 9781317165880{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ Ali Madanipour (1998), Tehran: The Making of a Metropolis, John Wiley & Sons, p. 68, ISBN 9780471957799{{citation}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)