City Council of Madrid
Ayuntamiento de Madrid
HeadquartersCybele Palace, Plaza de Cibeles 1, Madrid, Spain
José Luis Martínez-Almeida (since 2019)

The City Council of Madrid (Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Madrid) is the top-tier administrative and governing body of the Madrid, the capital and biggest city of Spain.

The City Council is composed by three bodies; the Mayor who leads the City Council and the executive branch of it, the Governing Council (Junta de Gobierno) which is the main body of the executive branch composed by the Mayor and the councillors appointed by him and the Plenary, a democratically elected assembly which represents the people of Madrid. The current Mayor of Madrid is José Luis Martínez-Almeida since June 2019.

Main bodies

Governing Council

The Junta de Gobierno of the City of Madrid is the executive branch of the City Council, formed by the Mayor and a group of councillors appointed by the Mayor. The current Board is composed of ten members, which are:[1]

Portfolio Officeholder
Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida
Deputy Mayor Begoña Villacís
Culture, Tourism and Sport Andrea Levy
Urban Development Mariano Fuentes
Spokesperson Inmaculada Sanz Otero
Security and Emergencies
Economy, Innovation and Employment Miguel Ángel Redondo Rodríguez
Environment and Mobility Borja Carabante
Finance and Civil Service Engracia Hidalgo
Families, Equality and Social Welfare Silvia Saavedra
Public Works and Equipment Paloma García Romero


The local government of the City uses a decentralized system but ultimately led by the ayuntamiento. The Plenary is the body with authority to divide the City into districts and the Mayor has the authority to appoint the "Councillor-Presidents" chairing those districts. A Councillor-President must be an elected councillor. The current officeholders are:[1]

District Councillor-President
Center José Fernández Sánchez
Arganzuela Cayetana Hernández de la Riva
Chamartín Sonia Cea Quintana
Retiro Santiago Saura
Tetuán Blanca Pinedo Texidor
Chamberí Javier Ramírez Caro
Fuencarral-El Pardo
Moncloa-Aravaca Loreto Sordo Ruiz
Latina Alberto Serrano Patiño
District Councillor-President
Carabanchel Álvaro González López
Usera Loreto Sordo Ruiz
Puente de Vallecas Borja Fanjul Fernández-Pita
Moratalaz Almudena Maíllo del Valle
Ciudad Lineal Ángel Niño Quesada
Villaverde Concepción Chapa Monteagudo
Villa de Vallecas
Vicálvaro Martín Casariego Córdoba
San Blas-Canillejas
Barajas Sofía Miranda Esteban


A plenary session
A plenary session

The Plenary is the body of maximum political representation of citizens in the municipal government, exercises the powers that are expressly assigned to it and is made up of the Mayor and the councillors. The councillors are elected on the basis of universal suffrage in a secret ballot, and in turn they determine the Mayor of Madrid. Plenary sessions are public. The Plenary can operate in Committees, which will be formed by the Councillors who designate the political groups in proportion to their representation in the Plenary.[2]

The Plenary (Pleno del Ayuntamiento de Madrid) is the body formed by the elected councillors. The passing of by-laws, annual budget and taxes; the scrutiny of the council of government and the motion of no confidence on the Mayor are tasks assigned to this entity in Spain.[3]

The Plenary of the City Council of Madrid is formed by the following groups for the period 2019-2023:


Political party Spokesperson Councillors
Más Madrid Rita Maestre 19
People's Party José Luis Martínez-Almeida 15
Citizens Begoña Villacís 11
Socialist Workers' Party Pepu Hernández 8
Vox Javier Ortega Smith 4


Main article: Mayor of Madrid

See also: List of mayors of Madrid

The current mayor is José Luis Martínez-Almeida, from People's Party, invested on 15 June 2019 by an absolute majority of the Plenary (30 councillors) in a secret ballot among the councillors.

Investiture voting[4]
15 June 2019
Mayor Candidates Votes
José Luis Martínez-Almeida 30
Manuela Carmena 19
Pepu Hernández 8


A list of elections since the restoration of the democratic system is presented as follows:


This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (February 2020)

City Hall

Main article: Cybele Palace

The City Hall is located at the Cybele Palace (Plaza de Cibeles, Retiro District), formerly known as Palacio de Comunicaciones. The City Council began the process of moving from the Casa de la Villa (the former City Hall) to the Palacio de Comunicaciones in 2007.[5][6]

Municipal companies

The ayuntamiento, an entity with full legal personality, fully owns the following municipal companies: Madrid Destino, EMT Madrid, EMVS Madrid and the mortuary.[7] It also has a participation in Mercamadrid, Madrid Calle 30 and the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.[7]


  1. ^ a b EFE, RTVE es/ (2019-06-16). "Ayuntamiento de Madrid: Almeida anuncia un gobierno sin Vox pero no descarta que entren". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  2. ^ "Capitality and Special Regime of Madrid Act of 2006". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  3. ^ Ramió, Carles (2001). In: M. Alcántara and Mª. A. Martínez (Eds.). "Las administraciones públicas" (PDF). Política y gobierno en España. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch: 542–543. ISBN 84-8442-271-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 19, 2015.
  4. ^ "José Luis Martínez-Almeida, del PP, investido alcalde de Madrid". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). 2019-06-15. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  5. ^ Calleja, Ignacio S. (2015-03-10). "Mantener el Palacio de Cibeles cuesta seis millones al año". ABC (in Spanish).
  6. ^ García Rallo, Bruno (2013-05-01). "El Palacio de Cibeles florece a costa de la lenta decadencia de la Casa de la Villa". El País (in Spanish).
  7. ^ a b "El Ayuntamiento cerró 2017 con 1.057 millones de superávit y 445 millones menos de deuda". Europa Press. 16 July 2017.

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