Going to a full council or committee meeting

Council meetings are public events. As well as coming along, you can take part in a council meeting.

To raise an issue at a council meeting, you can

  • ask a question
  • present a petition​​
  • make a speech (deputation)

To take part you will need to follow set rules and let us know in advance. The contact details for each meeting are on the agenda. You can find out more about what you need to do below.

If you are unsure about how the system works or feel that you need a confidence boost before taking that first step, you can also watch live video of council meetings or catch up after the meeting.

Choosing which council meeting to attend

Find out which council meeting is appropriate for the issue that you're interested in - take a look at our committee work programme or contact our democratic services team.

Planning applications

If you would like to support or object to a planning application at planning committee there is a separate procedure. Find out how to supporting or object to a planning application at Planning Committee.

Come to watch a council meeting or get live video

All council meetings are held in public and you are always welcome to come along and watch. There is space set aside in meetings for journalists and members of the public.

  • You don't need a ticket and you don't have to let us know in advance.
  • There may be security guards and bag checks for some meetings.
  • We ask journalists to make sure they have their credentials with them.
  • You may need to leave while a confidential issue is discussed. This will be clearly identified on the agenda.

You can also watch live or recorded video of council meetings.

Find out council meeting times and what's being discussed

Watch live video or recordings of council meetings

Asking questions at a council meeting

  • Questions can be up to 100 words long and about something the council can act on.
  • You must tell us that you want to ask a question by 12 noon five working days before the meeting.

Download our guide to asking questions at council meetings (PDF 79KB)

Making a speech at a council meeting (deputations)

  • Deputations can be up to five minutes long.
  • They are supported by at least six people with a single spokesperson.
  • You must tell us that you want to make a deputation by 12 noon five working days before the meeting. 

Download our guide to making deputations to the council (PDF 82KB)

Presenting a petition to a council meeting

  • Petitions can be about any area where the council has the power to act.
  • Signatures can be collected online, on paper or a mixture of both.
  • You must tell us that you want to make a deputation by 12 noon 10 working days before the meeting. 
  • If the lead petitioner is unable to attend the meeting then the petition will be read out by the Mayor or whoever presiding over the meeting on their behalf 

Setting up or signing petitions and presenting them to the council

The constitution