Community Councils

Roles and responsibilities


Each community council must have a Chairperson, a Treasurer, and a Secretary:

  • The Chairperson is responsible for ensuring that discussions are productive, run on-time, and that clear action points are set to achieve its priorities
  • The Treasurer is responsible for overseeing all financial administration and transactions of the community council. They ensure that the finances are kept health and that the community council does not get into debt
  • The Secretary organises meetings, sets the agenda, and keeps minutes and records while ensuring effective communication between members
  • Other Roles - Community Councils can also create specific roles in response to areas requiring additional attention, such as a fund-raising Officer, Youth Involvement, or Events Officer

While office bearers are responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the community council, all its members are equally responsible for the community council's decisions and actions.


Being a community councillor means:

  • taking a shared responsibility for the success of the community council and upholding its standards and values
  • engaging with a wide range of people to help the community council achieve diverse perspectives and insights
  • regularly attending and contributing to meetings and acting in the best interests of the community as a whole

Community councils are also involved in both planning and licensing applications.


  • we consult with community councils on applications in their area. They have 14 days to provide comments
  • if you have any questions, you can contact Planning and Building Standards


  • community councils are notified of any licensing applications in their area. They have 21 days to object, support, or modify applications
  • if you have any questions, you can contact the licensing team