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

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.

You can attend committee meetings, such as:

  • Full Council
  • policy committees
  • 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 our petition scheme guide 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.

Be a councillor

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:

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