Remote Council Meetings: guidance and regulations

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has temporarily removed the legal requirement for local authorities to hold public meetings in person. This means that councils have powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.

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Holding council meetings virtually requires a different approach and skills. On this page you will find details about the details about regulations as well as guidance about some of the practicalities and etiquette required when holding remote council meetings from our partners, which councils will find helpful for both officers and councillors.

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Letter from Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the LGA, to Rt Hon Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State, MHCLG, and Chloe Smith MP, Minister for the Constitution, Cabinet Office, 12 October 2020 (pdf 128KB)

Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels: Regulations

The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020

Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO): Guidance and regulations

Remote Meetings Protocol and Procedure Rules

Remote Meetings Regulations

Socitm (Society for Innovation, Technology and Modernisation): Guide to delivering remote meetings

Guide on administering and delivering remote meetings

Centre for Public Scrutiny: Tips for councillors on behaviour an etiquette

Tips for councils and councillors on behaviour and etiquette

Approaches to scrutiny during the crisis

Councillors' access to information

London Office of Technology & Innovation: How to hold online meetings accessible to the public

Guidance on how to hold online committee meetings that are accessible to the public 

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils: Virtual meetings on iPads

Virtual meetings on council iPads: Guide for councillors

National Association for Local Councils (NALC): Guidance and regulations

Guidance from The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) for parish and town councils

Legal briefing on the Regulations (April 2020) for parish and town councils

Newark and Sherwood District Council Remote Council Meeting Protocol

Newark and Sherwood District Council Remote Council Meeting Protocol

Planning Advisory Service: Virtual Planning Committee Guidance

Virtual Planning Committee Guidance

Cyber Security Guidance: Government Digital Service (GDS): Using Zoom securely

How to set up and use Zoom in a more secure way

Using Zoom video conferencing in a more secure way

Addendum to Zoom administrator guidance

Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA): Regulations

Information for councils in Wales