How to speak at council meetings

You may ask to speak at most council meetings including Full Council, the Planning and Regulatory Committee, the Executive and Policy and Scrutiny panels. You must be a resident, a business ratepayer or entitled to vote in North Somerset.

You must email or write to democratic services with your name and address and the subject you wish to speak about. We must receive this by noon on the day before the meeting. If you wish to speak about a planning application, we also need to know if you wish to speak in support or against the application.

Council meetings (excluding planning applications)

You will usually have five minutes to speak, but this may be reduced if there are more than six people who want to speak. You do not normally have to provide a transcript in advance but sometimes the chairman may ask for one for legal reasons.

Planning applications

Usually only two speakers are allowed for each planning application, one in support and one against. You will need to agree a spokesperson with other supporters or objectors. If you cannot agree, the chairman will select a spokesperson. You will usually have three minutes to speak but where there are a large number of speakers the chairman may reduce the time allowed.

Executive meetings

You will usually have three minutes to speak, at the discretion of the chairman. The Executive will hear up to four people.

Panel meetings

You will usually have five minutes to speak, at the discretion of the chairman.

Petitions at Full Council

If you wish to present a petition at Full council you must email or write to democratic services with your name and address and the subject matter of the petition. We must receive this at least seven working days before the meeting. You will have three minutes to speak about the petition.

democratic services

01934 634 900

committee.administration@n-somerset.gov.uk

Journalists and members of the public can film, record, tweet and blog from council meetings. Be aware that by attending a meeting you may be included in broadcast material.