The political make-up of the local councils in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is complex. But it comprises principal, local, and regional authorities called local councils.
LOCAL COUNCILS: The complex pattern extends through local government in England.
The roles and distribution of functions vary according to the local arrangements in your area.
As a rule your council is responsible for providing local services and specialised facilities. The amount of coverage you get depends on where you live.
This section helps you search for, and get access to, all aspects of local councils and their regional services.
APPLY FOR ALCOHOL LICENCE: Use this link if you want to apply for Alcohol Licensing in your area. The same rules apply to 'make a representation' for a licence application. You need a licence if your premises or events include the sale or supply of alcohol.
APPLY FOR DIRECT PAYMENTS: In some cases you can apply for direct payments from social services. The payments can be for you or someone that you care for. The system lets you choose the services that you need most instead of the council arranging them.
MISSING DOG: You can check to see if your local council has your missing dog. If you live in England or wales you can also report your missing or lost dog to their dog warden service.
UK COUNCILS: You can search online and find your local council on the government website. You will need the postcode to locate the nearest local authority in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
MOBILITY AIDS: You can apply to the council for help or mobility equipment if you need to adapt your home because of a disability or old age.
NEEDS ASSESSMENT: You can get a health and social care assessment by social services. It helps to determine what support you need (e.g. equipment, healthcare, or help in your home).
STREET PARTIES: Get the rules and regulations for organising a street party in the United Kingdom. Find out how to inform your local council to get insurance and licences for food and music.
Local Councils and Getting Access to Council Services