Setting up a town or parish council

Town and parish councils

Town and parish councils are the first level of local government. They can give communities another democratic voice and way of taking community action.

To set up your own town or parish council, you first need to give us a petition with the signatures of at least 10% of the local population.

The petition must:

  • say exactly what you're propose
  • have the signatures of at least 10% of local electors, based on the most recent electoral register - you’ll need more signatures for areas with fewer than 2,500 electors

If the petition is valid, we will carry out a community governance review to see if a new local council should be created.

Go to GOV.UK to find out more.