Thousand Oaks is a General Law City with a Council/Manager form of government. Under this type government, the City Council is the policy-making body, appointing the City Manager who is responsible for carrying out Council policy.
The Council consists of five members elected from the City at-large. Councilmembers serve four-year staggered terms. Municipal (local) elections are held in November of even-numbered years. The Council annually selects a Mayor who serves as presiding officer during City Council meetings which are scheduled on Tuesday nights approximately two times per month. (The month of August is recessed.) Council meetings are held in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Scherr Forum Theatre, which doubles as Council Chambers. Besides appointing a City Manager, Council duties include appointing a City Attorney and members of City Committees and Commissions, adopting a two-year budget, enacting legislation and establishing basic City policy.
Council meetings are televised live on TOTV-Channel 10, a government access television channel providing Thousand Oaks' citizens a window on government.
Council members appoint individuals to serve on the Planning Commission, Youth Commission, Council on Aging, Traffic and Transportation Advisory Commission, Business Roundtable, as well as other boards and committees.