Duties & Powers of Town Councils

This information is produced with permission of the National Association of Local Councils from their website. Actual powers will vary from area to area due to agreements with other authorities. This information is therefore for guidance only.

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Function  Powers & Duties   Statutory Provisions
 Allotments Powers to provide allotments. Duty to provide allotment gardens if demanded unsatisfied Small Holding & Allotments Act 1908, ss. 23, 26, and 42
Baths and Washhouses Power to provide public baths and washhouses Public Health At 1936, Ss 221, 222, 223 and 227
Burial grounds,
cemeteries and crematoria
Power to acquire and maintain Open Spaces Act 1906, Ss 9 and 10; Local
Power to provide Government Act 1972, s. 214; Parish Councils and Burial Authorities
Power to agree to maintain monuments and memorials (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970, s. 1
Power to contribute towards expenses of cemeteries Local Government Act 1972, s. 215(6)
Bus Shelters Power to provide and maintain shelters Local Government (Miscellaneous Provision) Act 1953, s. 4
Bye Laws Power to make bye-laws in regard to pleasure grounds Public Health Act 1875, s. 164
Cycle Parks Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.57(7)
Baths and Washhouses Public Health Act 1936, s.223
Open spaces and burial grounds Open Spaces Act 1906, s.15
Mortuaries and post-mortem rooms Public Health Act 1936, s.198
Charities Duty to receive accounts of parochial charities Charities Act 1960, s.32
Clocks Power to provide public clocks Parish Councils Act 1957, s.2
Closed Churchyards Powers as to maintenance Local Government Act 1972, s.215
Commons and common pastures Powers in relation to enclosure, as to regulation and management, and as to providing common pasture Enclosure Act 1845;Local Government Act 1894, s.8(4); Smallholdings and Allotments Act 1908, s.34
Conference facilities Power to provide and encourage the use of facilities Local Government Act 1972, s.144
Community centres Power to provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 s.19
Crime prevention Powers to spend money on various crime prevention measures Local Government and Rating Act 1997, s.31
Drainage Power to deal with ponds and ditches Public Health Act 1936, s.260
Education Right to appoint school governors Education (No.2) Act 1986, s.4
Entertainment and the arts Provision of entertainment and support of the arts Local Government Act 1972, s.145
Gifts Power to accept Local Government Act 1972, s.139
Highways Power to repair and maintain public footpaths and bridle-ways Highways Act 1980, ss.43,50
Power to light roads and public places Parish Councils Act 1957, s.3;
Provision of litter bins Highways Act 1980, s.301
Power to provide parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motor-cycles Litter Act 1983, ss.5,6
Power to enter into agreement as to dedication and widening Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, ss.57,63
Power to provide roadside seats and shelters, and omnibus shelters Highways Act 1980, ss.30,72
Consent of parish council required for ending maintenance of highway at public expense, or for stopping up or diversion of highway Parish Councils Act 1957, s.1
Highways Act 1980, ss.47,116
Power to complain to district council as to protection of rights of way and roadside wastes Highways Act 1980, s.130
Power to provide traffic signs and other notices Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.72
Power to plant trees etc. and to maintain roadside verges Highways Act 1980, s.96
Investments Power to participate in schemes of collective investment Trustee Investments Act 1961, s.11
Land Power to acquire by agreement, to appropriate, to dispose of Power to accept gifts of land Local Government Act 1972, ss.124, 126, 127
Power to accept gifts of land Local government Act 1972, s.139
Litter Provision of receptacles Litter Act 1983, ss.5,6
Lotteries Powers to promote Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976, s.7
Mortuaries and post mortem rooms Powers to provide mortuaries and post mortem rooms Public Health Act 1936, s.198
Nuisances Power to deal with offensive ditches Public Health Act 1936, s.260
Open spaces Power to acquire land and maintain Public health Act 1875, s.164
Open Spaces Act 1906, ss.9 and 10
Parish Property and documents Powers to direct as to their custody Local Government Act 1972, s.226
Postal and telecommunications facilities Power to pay the Post Office, British Telecommunications or any other public telecommunications operator any loss sustained providing post or telegraph office or telecommunication facilities Post Office Act 1953, s.51;Telecommunications Act 1984, s.97
Public buildings and village hall Power to provide buildings for offices and for public meetings and assemblies Local Government Act 1972, s.133
Public Conveniences Power to provide Public Health Act 1936, s.87
Recreation Power to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them Public Health Act 1875, s.164
Local Government Act 1972, Sched.14 para.27
Public Health Acts Amendment Act 1890 s.44
Power to provide gymnasiums, playing fields, holiday camps Open Spaces Act 1906, ss.9 and 10
Provision of boating pools Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, s.19
Public Health Act 1961, s.54
Town and Country Planning Right to be notified of planning applications Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Sched.1, para.8
Tourism Power to contribute to organisiations encouraging Local Government
Act 1972, s.144
Traffic Calming Powers to contribute financially to traffic calming schemes Local Government and Rating Act 1997, s.30
Transport Powers to spend money on community transport schemes Local Government and Rating Act 1997, s.26-29
War memorials Power to maintain, repairs, protect and adapt war memorials War Memorials (Local Authorities’ Powers) Act 1923, s.1; as extended by Local Government Act 1948, s.133
Water Supply Power to utilise well, spring or stream and to provide facilities for obtaining water there from Public Health Act 1936, s.125