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
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.
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 four working days before the meeting.
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 four working days before the meeting.
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 present a petition by 12 noon four working days before the meeting.
- If you inform us by 12 noon ten working days before the meeting that you have collected over 1250 signatures your petition will be debated by Councillors at the meeting.
- Part 8.9 of our constitution provides the procedure for public involvement in council meetings