There are some crucial differences from ordinary meetings. The most important of which is that they may be called by councillors who are unable to have items they wish to be debated by their council on an ordinary meeting agenda.

This CPALC (Communities, Parish and Local Councils) Best Practice Guide (BPG) is for town and parish councillors, clerks and residents who wish to understand how extra-ordinary council meetings may be used as part of the legal decision making process.


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Ordinary v Extra-Ordinary meetings

Why & who can call extra-ordinary meetings

Calling Extra-Ordinary meetings

Signing the notice of meeting

Notice of Meeting

The role of the clerk

What should be on the agenda

Who chairs the meeting

Quorum and attendance



This guide is indicative and not definitive as requirements and procedures will vary between councils. It should be noted that Standing Orders cannot prevent councillors from calling extra-ordinary meetings.


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