Chichester City Council is the Parish Council for the City of Chichester and was the first Parish Council in the Chichester District to be awarded the status of a 'Quality Parish'.
The City Council has been based at the Council House in North Street, Chichester for over 250 years, even though the historic roots of the City Council can be traced back to the 12th Century.
Whilst the City Council has a wealth of history and tradition, it also combines a dynamic, lively and forward looking approach in its dealings in day to day administration. The truly 'local' nature of the City Council means that Chichester really does matter.
The Localism Act includes a 'General Power of Competence' and this gives local authorities the legal capacity to do anything that an individual can do that is not specifically banned by other laws. This Power gives councils more freedom to work with others in new ways and to meet local people's needs.
The General Power of Competence applies to eligible parish councils and Chichester City Council have met the relevant tests to exercise this Power.
The City Council is responsible for a variety of activities listed below. If you have any questions about any of these and you cant find the answers on the website, please get in touch.
If it is not listed here and you still don't know where to look, get in touch and we will try to point you in the right direction.
Chichester City Council:
- is home of the Mayor of Chichester who is selected annually from among its elected members
- owns the Council House, the Market House and the City Cross
- presents Civic, Heritage, Community, Young Citizens’ and Local Historic Interest Awards and Blue Plaques
- deals with the street naming and the upkeep of the nameplates
- is responsible for the letting and regulation of allotments in the City
- maintains disused burial grounds
- is responsible for the War Memorial in Litten Gardens as well as Litten Gardens as a whole
- oversees twinning activities between Chartres, France and Ravenna, Italy
- works in partnership with others on floral and environmental issues in the City
- is a consultee on planning applications in the City
Chichester City Council Standing Orders - These are the rules that govern how the City Council is run and how its Councillors' roles and responsibilities are defined.
The City Council's current Standing Orders were adopted by the Full Council on 23 September 2020.
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