Meetings of North Devon Council and its Committees and the Executive and its Committees are normally open to the public. The public may be excluded in certain circumstances where legislation or the Constitution provides.

The Council is required by law to give a minimum of 5 clear days notice of most meetings. The dates and times of such meetings will be placed on display on the public notice board at the Civic Centre, Barnstaple, and a copy of the timetables on the Council's website.

Where agendas and reports are available for public inspection, a copy of the agenda will be placed on display on the public notice board and agenda reports made available for inspection at the Civic Centre as provided for in the Constitution and legislation.

Agendas, reports and background papers for meetings which are available for public inspection will normally be available for inspection at least 5 clear days before a meeting. A list of background papers used in preparation of a report will be included in the report. If spare copies are not available following a meeting, a charge will usually be made for the required agenda, report or background paper.

Copies of agendas and reports which are available for public inspection will be available at meetings which are open to the public.

Minutes of meetings and records of decisions will be available for inspection as soon as reasonably practicable after the meeting. Minutes which are open to the public will be available on the Council's website. If a paper copy is required, a fee will usually be charged.

All records of decisions made at meetings and reports which are open to the public shall be available for inspection at the Civic Centre by members of the public for at least six years following the date of the meeting.

Background papers which have been used in preparation of reports and which are available to the public may be inspected at the Civic Centre by members of the public for at least four years following the date of the meeting.

Copies of the agenda front pages, reports and minutes for meetings which are open to the public are also available on the Council's website.

If you would like to obtain copies of agenda, reports, background papers and minutes, please contact Member Services.