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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

Special guardianships

We are proposing changes from 1 August 2018 to our Special Guardianship Order Policy, which also includes Child Arrangement Orders.

The consultation closes on Friday 27 July 2018.

20mph part time speed limits

We are consulting on proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits on roads in the vicinity of schools that have been identified as having the highest risks to pedestrians taking into account accident rates, vehicle speeds and the number of pedestrians crossing.

Individual consultations have separate dates.

Horden masterplan

We want the views of the communities of Horden to help develop a masterplan for the numbered streets Horden village.

The consultation closes on Thursday 5 July 2018.

LGBT+ health

We want to help improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of people in County Durham for our LGBT+ communities.

The consultation closes on Friday 29 June 2018.

Gambling Act

Have your say on the review of our Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles, also known as the "gambling policy".

The consultation closes on Friday 6 July 2018.


We work on a variety of planning schemes across the county and some of these applications require a consultation process. Our Statement of Community Involvement explains how we consult on planning issues currently, including:

Previous consultations

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

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