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Attendance and speaking at meetings

Members of the public and the media have the right to attend meetings of full council, cabinet and other committees – except where confidential information or exempt information is likely to be disclosed. These meetings are held in private.

Anyone living in Norwich or any other person entitled to stand as a candidate for election to the city council may put a question to the leader of the council, a cabinet member or the chair of a committee at ordinary meetings of the council, cabinet and at some committee meetings. These can be on any matter of council business or issues which affect the Norwich area.

A question may only be asked if notice has been received in writing or email, direct from the questioner, by the council's democratic services team: no later than 10am, five clear working days before the meeting.

At any one meeting no one can submit more than one question, and no more than one question may be asked on behalf of one organisation. 

If you would like to submit a question or have any questions about attending or speaking at meetings, please contact us.

Appropriate questions

Democratic services may reject a question if it:

(a) is not about a matter:
        (i) for which the council has a responsibility or
        (ii) which particularly affects the city; 
(b) is defamatory, frivolous or offensive; 
(c) is a statement rather than a question; 
(d) relates to an individual or the questioner’s own particular circumstances;  
(e) is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the council in the past six months; 
(f) requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information as defined in the Access to Information Procedure Rules see Part 4 of the Constitution 
(g) names or identifies individual service users, officers or members/staff of partner agencies; 
(h) is not submitted within the requisite time frame; 
(i) does not give the name and address of the questioner; 
(j) exceeds 150 words.

Dates for submitting questions - June 2023 to April 2024


Date of meeting 10am deadline for questions
Tuesday 20 June 2023 Monday 12 June 2023
Tuesday 18 July 2023 - Meeting will not be convened N/A
Tuesday 26 September 2023 Monday 18 September 2023
Tuesday 28 November 2023 Monday 20 November 2023
Tuesday 29 January 2024 Monday 22 January 2024
Wednesday 21 February 2024 Tuesday 13 February 2024
Tuesday 12 March 2024 Monday 4 March 2024


Date of meeting 10am deadline date for questions
Wednesday 14 June 2023 Tuesday 6 June 2023
Wednesday 12 July 2023 Tuesday 4 July 2023
Wednesday 13 September 2023 Tuesday 5 September 2023
Wednesday 18 October 2023 Tuesday 10 October 2023
Wednesday 15 November 2023 Tuesday 7 November 2023
Wednesday 13 December 2023 Tuesday 5 December 2023
Wednesday 17 January 2024 Tuesday 9 January 2024
Wednesday 7 February 2024 Tuesday 30 January 2024
Wednesday 6 March 2024 Tuesday 27 February 2024

If you wish to speak on a planning or licensing issue there are other rules for speaking at these meetings. Please contact the relevant committee officer shown on the front of the agenda.

We do not have public questions at the Annual General Meeting

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