What We Do

Council Responsibilities

As a Town Council we are offering an expanding range of services to Shaftesbury. The other authority to also provide services to the town is Dorset Council. Although each Council is an independent body providing separate services we work together to ensure that all the services provide what the people of Shaftesbury need.

The main services provided by the Town Council are as follows:-

  • Parks, Open Spaces and Play Areas
  • Recreation and Recreational Facilities
  • Planning matters (acting as a consultee on planning applications to the planning authority)
  • Grants to Voluntary Organisations
  • Allotments
  • Provision of Cemetery
  • Litter and Litter Receptacles
  • The Town Hall
  • Bus Shelters
  • Public Conveniences (Bell Street)
  • Street Markets
  • Civic events promoted by the Town Mayor
  • Crime Prevention Initiatives
  • War memorial

More information on specific Council’s services can be found using the links below.


What is Dorset Council Responsible for?

  • Benefits
  • Bins, recycling and litter
  • Births, deaths and marriages
  • Business, consumers and licences
  • Care and support for adults
  • Children and families
  • Climate and Ecological Emergency
  • Council Tax
  • Councillors, committees and elections
  • Countryside, coast and parks
  • Education and training
  • Emergencies and severe weather
  • Environmental Health
  • Housing
  • Jobs and careers
  • Libraries, history and culture
  • Parking
  • Planning, buildings and land
  • Roads, highways and maintenance
  • Sport and leisure
  • Travel information


To apply for a bus pass please visit the Dorset Council Website using the following link.




Shaftesbury Market
Amenity Land
Civil Ceremonies and Weddings
The Town Hall
Swimming Pool