Council Services

Local authorities across Oxfordshire provide a range of advice and support services to help residents improve their health and wellbeing.

Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the South East. It has a population of around 666,100. Oxfordshire has one county council, five smaller district councils and even smaller town and parish councils. Each council is responsible for providing different services to the public. Around 80 per cent of the council tax collected goes to Oxfordshire County Council while district, parish and town councils receive 10% and the remainder goes to Thames Valley Police.

Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for 80% of the local government services in the county. This includes: social services, schools, the fire service, roads, libraries and the museums service, trading standards, land use, transport planning and waste management. Read more here...

District, Parish and Town Councils

The District Councils provide the following key services across Oxfordshire:

  • Collect and recycle domestic waste

  • Clean streets and public places

  • Monitor the safety of water supplies

  • Enforce legislation concerning food safety

  • Enforce legislation concerning health and safety at work, including accidents at work and complaints about working conditions

  • Deal with a wide range of public health issues such as defective drainage, deposits of rubbish on private land, animal welfare, stray dogs and infectious disease control

  • Carry out a range of licensing activities such as entertainment licensing, street trading consents, licences for ear piercing, acupuncture, tattooing and electrolysis

  • Provide housing advice, manage housing registers and arrange temporary accommodation for the homeless

  • Process grant and loan applications including grants for disabled adaptations to homes

  • Enforce housing standards across the private sector (including park homes)

  • Administer housing benefit and council tax benefit

  • Identify and take steps to strive to meet the current and future housing needs of local residents

  • Prepare and consult on statutory plans for land use and development in the district

  • Give expert advice to developers and the general public to help ensure developments take place in accordance with the Local Development Framework and Government policy

  • Scrutinise and determine planning applications, investigate contraventions of planning approvals and regulation and take appropriate action

  • Manage contracts for sports and leisure facilities

  • Work to increase participation in sport by developing a programme of activities which matches the needs and aspirations of all sections of the community

  • Provide grant aid to local voluntary groups

  • Manage parks and open spaces - including playing fields, nature reserves and woodland

  • Provide assisted travel schemes for people with certain disabilities and those aged 60 or over

  • Licence taxis and private hire vehicles

  • Provide and manage off street car parking, including collecting charges

For More Information:

South Oxfordshire District Council:

Vale of White Horse District Council:

Cherwell District Council:

West Oxfordshire District Council:

Oxford City Council: