Questions, Petitions and Deputations

How to get involved in democracy

If you think there’s a problem in Bournemouth that something should be done about, you can organise a petition, make a deputation or ask a question.

Anybody wishing to give a deputation, hand in a petition or ask a question to any Panel, Board, Full Council or Cabinet meeting, will need to give at least one clear days notice in writing. Use the Contact Us form below or email Democratic Services Officer named on the agenda for the meeting you wish to submit a question to.


Any member of the public whose name appears on the current Electoral Role for Bournemouth may ask a question on the general work or procedures of the Council and on matters that the  full Council, Cabinet, Overview and Scrutiny Panel have control of. For further information on asking a question at a meeting click on the link below:


If you’re concerned about a Council service or think there’s an issue in Bournemouth that needs addressing, you can organise a petition for people to sign. You can then present this to the Mayor or councillors at a meeting.  

Before you hand over your petition, please have a look at the petition guide.


If you’d like to speak about a particular subject at a council meeting, this is called a deputation. If you’d like to make a deputation, you’ll need to give at least one days notice. Please contact the Democratic Services team using the Deputation form.

Up to three people can speak about the deputation at the meeting, and the deputation should last for no more than five minutes. 

Read our Rules for speaking at council meetings.