The governance of West Dorset is split between several levels.

At the most local level there are six town councils, 38 parish councils, 24 grouped parish councils and 18 parish meetings. These councils have power over such things as village halls, children's playgrounds, bus shelters, parks, allotments, signage, notice boards and, in some instances, street lighting. They also have input into planning decisions.

The second tier comes in the form of West Dorset District Council. District councils have a range of responsibilities including housing, planning and building control, economic development, refuse collection, tourism and leisure services.

The upper tier of local government comes in the form of Dorset County Council which has responsibilities including schools, road maintenance, fire services, strategic planning and social care.

Please use the following links for further information.

Dorset County Council

West Dorset District Council

Town and Parish Councils