Speaking at a committee meeting

Make a deputation

A deputation is a group of persons acting on behalf of a group or organisation to make representations to the Council or one of its Committees. Every application for a deputation must be from an office bearer of an organisation or group.

The deputation request must be submitted by email or in writing, setting out the subject of the deputation and must be delivered to the Clerk no later than 2pm, two working days before the meeting concerned. It must relate to an item of business on the agenda for that meeting and be on an issue included in the committee's powers or duties.

The representative will be contacted by a member of Committee Services advising what committee their request will be submitted to and the date, time and venue of that meeting.


Council meetings and committees are held in hybrid format. Deputations will be invited to attend either in person or virtually via Microsoft Teams.

The deputations procedure is set out in the Council's Standing Orders.

Many committees are now webcast and any information presented to such a committee, in a deputation or otherwise, in addition to forming part of a webcast will be also be held as a historical record for up to 5 years.

Information or statements contained in any deputation to the City of Edinburgh Council represent the views and opinions of those submitting the deputation. The reference to, or publication of, any information or statements included within a deputation, including on the City of Edinburgh Council’s website, does not constitute an endorsement by the City of Edinburgh Council of any such information or statement and should not be construed as representing the views or position of the Council. The Council accepts no responsibility for comments or views expressed by individuals or groups as part of their deputations.  

Committee services

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