Dover District
Coat of arms of the district council
Dover shown within Kent
Dover shown within Kent
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyKent
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQDover
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyDover District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsNatalie Elphicke (Conservative)
Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)
 • Total121.56 sq mi (314.84 km2)
 • Rank130th (of 309)
 • Total116,410
 • Rank206th (of 309)
 • Density960/sq mi (370/km2)
 • Ethnicity
99.5% White (British)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code29UE (ONS)
E07000108 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTR315415

Dover is a local government district in Kent, England. The port town of Dover is its administrative centre. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Deal, Dover, and Sandwich along with Dover Rural District and most of Eastry Rural District.


There are three towns within the district: Deal, Dover and Sandwich; and the parishes below:

The northern boundary of the district is the River Stour; on its western side is the district of Canterbury; to the south the parish of Capel-le-Ferne; and to the east the Straits of Dover. The southern part of the latter is the point where the North Downs meets the sea, at the White Cliffs of Dover. Further north along the coast, from Deal onwards, the land is at sea level, where the River Stour enters the sea by a circuitous route. It is here, on the sand-dunes, that the Royal St George's Golf Club, founded in 1887, and of international repute, is situated.

In the district are industrial remains of the erstwhile Kent coalfield, situated around Tilmanstone and Betteshanger. Half of the underwater section of the Channel Tunnel is under British Sovereignty and thus part of the district.


Dover District Council
Trevor Bartlett,
since 30 October 2019
Political groups
Administration (20)
  Conservatives (20)

Opposition (12)

  Labour (11)
  Independent (1)
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Council Offices, Honeywood Close, White Cliffs Business Park, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3PJ

The council has 32 members representing 17 wards.[1]


Main article: Dover District Council elections


The council's main offices are at the White Cliffs Business park in the parish of Whitfield, to the north of the town of Dover itself.[2]


Deal Timeball is a Victorian maritime Greenwich Mean Time signal located on the roof of a waterfront four-storey tower. It was established in 1855 by the Astronomer Royal George Biddell Airy in collaboration with Charles V. Walker.

Crossing Dover district are the Roman roads of Watling Street and that leading from Richborough. Today the main road, the A2, closely follows Watling Street to Dover.


  1. ^ "The Dover (Electoral Changes) Order 2019",, The National Archives, SI 2019/124, retrieved 27 July 2022
  2. ^ "Contact us". Dover District Council. Retrieved 27 July 2022.

Coordinates: 51°07′48″N 1°18′40″E / 51.130°N 1.311°E / 51.130; 1.311