ABSTRACT Objective: to demonstrate the structure, functioning and contributions of the Estratégia Saúde da Família work meetings regarding local health planning. Method: a single case study with five integrated units of analysis, represented by the coordinator of the Health Centre and four Estratégia Saúde da Família teams. Data collection was performed through semi-structured interviews, non-participant observation and documentary research from October to December 2014. Data were triangulated, organized with MaxQDA®Plus software, and analyzed according to the explanatory construction technique. Results: three analytical categories were identified: Structure and functioning of the Estratégia Saúde da Família work meetings; Participation of professionals in the Estratégia Saúde da Família work meetings for local planning; Processes that contribute to local health planning. Conclusion: work meetings are essential for the construction of local health planning. They provide professional integration through discussions, and facilitate decision-making and information exchange.