North Yorkshire County Council is elected every four years.
Political control has been exercised as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1993–2001|
The leaders of the council since 2001 have been:
|David Ashton||Conservative||20 Jun 2001|
|John Weighell||Conservative||20 Jun 2001||20 May 2015|
|Carl Les||Conservative||20 May 2015|
There was no election in 2021 because of proposals to abolish the county council. Councillors elected in 2022 will serve as county councillors until April 2023, and will then serve as councillors for the new unitary North Yorkshire Council.
The following is an incomplete list of by-elections to North Yorkshire County Council.
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing|
By-election following death of Denis Pedder.
|Liberal Democrats||Eric Beechley||574||33.8||+4.1|
By-election following resignation of Ron Haigh.
|Independent gain from Conservative||Swing|
By-election following resignation of Melva Steckles.
By-election following death of Margaret Hulme.
|Liberal Democrats||Paul English||309||18.5||-10.1|
|Independent gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing|
By-election following death of Polly English.
|Yorkshire First||Christopher Pearson||131||9.7||+9.7|
By-election following death of Tony Hall.
|Liberal Democrats||David Goode||2051||54.9||+20.1|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+11.7%|
By-election following resignation of Nicola Faris.
|Liberal Democrats||Simon Crosby||204||10.5||+10.5|
|Conservative gain from Independent||Swing|
By-election following death of John Blackie.
|Liberal Democrats||Andrew Kempston-Parkes||1639||35.1||+6.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+14.15%|
By-election following death of Geoff Webber.
|Liberal Democrats||Luke Allan||430||15.2||+15.2|
By-election following death of Richard Welch.
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