Complaints about councillors

How to make a complaint about the conduct of a member.

What you need to do

If you want to complain about the conduct of a member (councillor) you must submit your complaint in writing to:

The Monitoring Officer
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road

Or email:

Guidance for making a complaint

If you make a complaint relating to the code of conduct, the complaint must state why you think a member has not followed the code of conduct. 

To assist you in making your complaint about a member, the council has produced a guidance note and a complaints form which can be downloaded below:


What happens when you make a complaint?

Independent Person

The Monitoring Officer will review every complaint received and, after consultation with the Independent Person, take a decision as to whether it merits a formal investigation. This decision will normally be taken within 14 days of receipt of your complaint.

Where the Monitoring Officer has taken a decision, he or she will inform you of his or her decision and the reasons for that decision.


The council currently recruiting two or three individuals, whose views may be sought from time to time in connection with these matters. If you are interested read more. Deadline 16 September. 

Complaining about a town or parish councillor

Complaints about town and parish councillors should be made to the monitoring officer at your district council.