Committee structure

Full Council

North Norfolk District Council holds Full Council Meetings in the evenings. The meetings, held in the Cromer Council Offices are open to the public and start at 6pm. The full council is a meeting of all 40 councillors.


Executive (Cabinet)


The Cabinet is an executive committee of senior councillors from the ruling group. Cabinet makes decisions on matters across the range of Council activities. It will usually be where preliminary debates about budget and policy matters are had, before going to Full Council. The Cabinet meets on Mondays at 10am.


Please note that the next Cabinet meeting will take place on Monday 18th May. This will be held remotely due to Covid 19 restrictions.


If you wish to speak at this meeting, please email by 5pm on the Thursday before the meeting with a copy of your statement. If you wish to attend the meeting to make your statement via video-link, an email invitation will be sent to you. Alternatively, the Chairman can read out your statement.



The Overview & Scrutiny Committee looks in detail at the Council's efficiency, economy and effectiveness, to ensure the Council continuously improves the work it does. The Scrutiny Committee can also undertake detailed investigations into the way services are provided and managed, and how taxpayers' money is spent.


The next meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee will take place at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th May. Due to Covid 19 restrictions this meeting will be held remotely. If you wish to speak at this meeting, please email by 5pm on Monday 25th May, with a copy of your statement. If you would like to read out your statement via video-link an invitation to join the meeting will be emailed to you. Alternatively, the Chairman can read it out on your behalf at the meeting.


The Licensing and Appeals Committee consists of 15 elected Members. The 15 Member main Committee is responsible for policy issues regarding licensing. The Council's Licensing Policy is based upon the Licensing Act 2003. The main Committee is sub-divided into 5 Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committees. These Committees will consider licensing applications that are controversial or where members of the public have objected to the granting of a licence.


Due to Covid-19 restrictions the main Licensing & Appeals Committee has been suspended. 


Meetings of the Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committees will continue to be held remotely to allow the processing of licensing applications and reviews to continue.


The Development Committee is responsible for deciding planning and listed building applications, and matters relating to tree, hedgerow and conservation. A total of 14 councillors sit on the Development Committee.


Please note that due to the Covid-19 restrictions, meetings of Development Committee will be held remotely via Zoom video conferencing. 


Public speaking:  If you wish to speak on a planning application on the agenda, please email no later than 5.00 pm on the Tuesday before the meeting and include a copy of your statement.  You will have the opportunity to make your statement by video link but in the event that this is not possible, or if you would prefer, your statement will be read out by an officer.


Presentations: If you wish to view the Officers’ presentations for the applications being considered by the Committee, please go to the Library (on the side bar of the Committee page) and then ‘presentations’.



Please note that in-line with Government advice on Covid-19, all non-essential meetings will now be cancelled for the foreseeable future. This includes the next Governance, Risk & Audit Committee meeting, which was due to take place on 24th March 2020.


The Governance Risk and Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the Council's governance structure, independently reviewing the council's financial and risk management and for ensuring internal controls are adequate for council services.


The Standards Committee exists to ensure that Councillors maintain a high standard of conduct, and to arrange training to help them do so. The Committee will investigate reports of breaches of standards, and take action if necessary.