Due to the current coronavirus pandemic the council is reviewing its approach to holding committee meetings. Please check the Calendar of meetings page on a regular basis as meeting arrangements may change at short notice. Under the new Government regulations‘ The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority Meetings) (England) Regulations) 2020, the Council is taking steps to arrange for the following committees be held remotely:- Cabinet, Audit & Governance, Area Planning Committees, Licensing Sub-committees; more details will follow on the website as soon as the technical arrangements are in place. However for now all other committees remain postponed.
In this section you can access a wide range of information and documents relating to the council's decision making processes, find out about forthcoming Council meetings and decisions and obtain details for your local political representatives.
Information regarding Council, Cabinet and committee meetings. You can find the agendas, minutes of previous meetings, as well as officer reports discussed at previous meetings. Information is also provided on dates of future meetings, and issues that will be discussed in future.
Dorset Council welcomes public attendance and involvement at all of its formal committee meetings. You can participate in a meeting by attending and listening to councillors debate and make decisions; by asking a question, making a statement or presenting a petition relating to the business of the committee. Please read the information set out the Public Participation at Committee Meetings and Public Participation at Full Council meetings. There is a Guidance to Public Speaking at a Planning Committee should you wish to make representations to one of the area planning committees. There is also separate guidance for anyone wishing to attend a licensing sub-committee, for details please view the Licensing sub-committee procedure and guidance.
Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Dorset Council area may sign or organise a petition to the Council. Please see the Petitions Scheme for more details.
Dorset Council fully supports the principle of openness and transparency and has no objection to filming and recording by means of social media at Council and and Committee meeting that are open to the public. Please see the Protocol for filming and audio recording of Public Council meetings for more information.
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