Democracy at Dorset Council

Committee meeting information

In this section you can access a wide range of information and documents relating to the council's decision-making processes.

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 fully supports the principle of openness and transparency. Please read protocol for filming and audio recording of Public Council meetings for more information.

Elected representatives

Details of Dorset Council's councillors.

How to get involved

You are welcome to attend any public committee meeting to observe.

You can also participate in a meeting by asking a question or making a statement. The following documents will explain the procedure and for more information contact Democratic Services Team

Please read the information set out the
Public Participation at Committee Meetings
Public Participation at Full Council meetings
Guidance to Public Speaking at a Planning Committee
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.

It is also possible to subscribe to updates in order to receive information via e-mail regarding particular issues and committee meetings.

Become involved in overview and scrutiny

Come along to observe a People and Health Overview Committee, Place and Resources Overview Committee, Place and Resources Scrutiny Committee or People and Health Scrutiny Committee. Members of the public can also suggest a scrutiny topic or contribute to a review by submitting appropriate evidence. If you have a particular interest please contact the Democratic Services Team

Outside bodies

Contact details for the council representatives on outside bodies and forums that are independent from the council.


Information regarding the decisions taken by Cabinet, committees, etc, as well as officer delegated decisions taken by council officers.

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