How you can get involved in local democracy and have your voice heard.

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Be a councillor events

We held two events in November 2022 to promote the role of a councillor and what it involves.

We held one event online and one in City Hall. We had 30 people in attendance.

We will promote future events related to local democracy on this page, or if you would like to join our mailing list, email

Find more information on standing to be a councillor and what it involves to:

Register to vote

You can vote in all elections if your name's on the Register of Electors.

It takes about 5 minutes to register to vote online.

Ask a public question or make a statement at a council meeting

If you have a question, statement or petition in relation to an item on an agenda for a council meeting, email

You can find information on all council meetings and agendas.

For an explanation of the different council meetings and what they're for, see our pdf Have your say guide (431 KB) .

You can attend committee meetings, such as:

  • Full Council
  • Cabinet
  • Development Control (planning meetings)

Or watch the meetings on YouTube.

Consultations and petitions

Find out how to have your say through consultations and petitions.

You can use Ask Bristol to:

  • share ideas
  • discuss important topics
  • provide feedback on policy and planning
  • contribute to the future of the city

Start or sign an online petition and read the pdf Bristol City Council Petition Scheme guide (109 KB) , which describes the arrangements for submitting petitions to the council.

Bristol City Youth Council and Youth Mayors

Find out who the Bristol City Youth Council are, and what they do.

Raise an issue with a councillor

All Elected Members can be contacted directly about local issues in your ward.

Find out who your local councillor is.

Get involved in your community

You can:

School Admission Appeals Panel

We're looking for panel members to support the Bristol City Council's School Admission Appeals Panel.

The role provides parents, guardians and carers of school-age children with an opportunity to appeal against a decision to refuse admission to their preferred school.

For more information, email