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Current consultations

We want to give everyone who lives in County Durham, works here or comes to visit, the chance to help improve our services and influence the decisions we make. One way that we do this is through holding consultations.

Before making significant changes to any of our services we ask the public for their views. This helps us ensure our services meet the needs of our communities. For details on how we consult with people, please download our consultation and engagement strategy.

Current consultations

Proposed enforcement policy consultation 2014-2015

This consultation gives businesses in County Durham the opportunity to give us their views on the proposed Environment, Health and Consumer Protection (EHCP) enforcement policy. The policy outlines how we will engage with businesses, provide advice and guidance to businesses, and respond to breaches of the law. We will consult on a number of key issues including:

  • Whether our enforcement is transparent, proportionate and fair
  • Whether business owners and employees understand their legal responsibilities
  • Businesses' previous experience of enforcement
  • Whether our enforcement is consistent and appropriate

Environment, Health and Consumer Protection (EHCP) enforcement policy consultation Closing date for comments is Wednesday 7 January 2015.

Council budget 2015-2016

Last year we carried out extensive consultation on how we should address the challenge of reducing our annual budget by approximately £225 million during the period 2014-2017. Before we finalise our plans for next year's budget, we're asking you to comment on our approach and let us know if anything significant has changed in your neighbourhood that might impact on what we learnt from the 4,000 people who took part.

Find out more and have your say on the Budget consultation 2015 - 2016. Closing date for comments is Friday 12 December 2014.

School admission arrangements 2016/17

Consultation affecting places Langley Moor Primary School reception class. Closing date for comments is Sunday 4 January 2015.

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

We must publish a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which details current and planned pharmacy provision in County Durham by April 2015. You can comment on the draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment  before it is finalised. Comments must be received by Friday 12 December 2014.

Ongoing consultations


We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. You can find:

Housing stock transfer proposal

In March 2014 the council received Government approval to transfer its homes to its existing management organisations - Dale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes.

The approval gives the council consent to consult with tenants on its proposals.

Your home, your future, your choice - information about the future of your home gives more information about the project and what's planned for the consultation.

Previous consultations

When our consultations close, we analyse the information we receive and make decisions based on that information. Find out about previous consultations: