How the council works

We are run by democratically-elected councillors and we are responsible for making decisions on behalf of the local community about local services.


Covering the whole of Derbyshire with the exception of the city of Derby, we work with a second tier of local government - district or borough councils - to manage services for the community.

There is also a network of elected parish and town councils, which often run the most local services such as community halls, cemeteries and allotments.

In Derby City there is no two-tier arrangement and all services within the city are run by one council - Derby City Council (opens in a new window).

Decision making

We are required to publish a list of forthcoming key decisions stating when we will make decisions on major issues. Find out more about the Forward Plan.

We also publish meeting papers before a meeting is due to take place and we also publish the minutes after it has taken place. Many of our meetings are open to the public to view. Find out more in the meetings and decisions section.

Our cabinet is responsible for the overall business of the council and is subject to scrutiny in all it does. You can find out more about the cabinet or improvement and scrutiny.

There are also a number of committees who take decisions on separate aspects of business and these may advise the cabinet or full council where appropriate.

The day-to-day work of the council is carried out by employees working within our departments.

Find out more about the policies and plans we use including our constitution and council plan.

Ceremonial duties

The chairman of the council carries out our civic ceremonial duties.

You can find out more on the web pages for the chair.

Get involved

You can contact your local councillor with any issues in your community and you can also attend many of our meetings or read our meeting papers online.

You can also get involved by having your say on the issues we carry out consultation on.

Don't forget to use your vote in the local elections as a councillor is elected by the community to represent its views.

You may also want to consider becoming a councillor or working for us as an employee (opens in a new window).

You may also like to find out more about the councillor for your local area (opens in a new window).

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