Last edited 20 Feb 2021

Town council

Town council’ is the designation given to a parish council having declared itself to be so under the Local Government Act 1972.

There are approximately 9,000 town or parish councils in England. They are at the lowest (or most local) level in the local government system, below district, borough, city or county councils. It can also be referred to as a community council.

A town council is an elected body and the chairman is referred to as a ‘town mayor’.

Town councils have the authority to issue fixed penalty fines for issues relating to litter, fly posting, dogs, graffiti, and so on. They are often responsible for amenities in the local area such as allotments and public gardens, public clocks, bus shelters, playgrounds, community centres, and help with consultations on neighbourhood planning. They may provide other services with the agreement of the county or district council.

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