Nottingham City Council
Wendy Smith,
since 9 May 2022[1]
David Mellen,
since 20 May 2019[2]
Chief Executive
Mel Barrett
Seats55 councillors
Nottingham City Council composition
Political groups
Administration (50)
  Labour (50)
Opposition (5)
  Nottingham Independents (3)
  Conservative (2)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
Meeting place
Nottingham Council House for full Council meetings, but main headquarters at Loxley House

Nottingham City Council is the local authority for the unitary authority of Nottingham in Nottinghamshire, England. It consists of 55 councillors, representing a total of 20 wards, elected every four years. The council is led by David Mellen, of the majority Labour Party.[3][4] The most recent elections were held on Thursday 2 May 2019.


Nottingham was an ancient borough. It was reformed under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835 to become a municipal borough, and when county councils were established in 1889 the town was administered separately from the rest of Nottinghamshire, being made its own county borough. When Nottingham was awarded city status in 1897 the borough council was allowed to call itself Nottingham City Council. In 1974 Nottingham became a non-metropolitan district under the Local Government Act 1972, becoming a lower tier authority with Nottinghamshire County Council providing county level services in the city for the first time. The city was made a unitary authority on 1 April 1998, regaining its independence from the county council.[5]

Political control

For historic political control and leadership, see Nottingham City Council elections.

The most recent election was in 2019, when Labour took a large majority on the council, winning 50 of the council's 55 seats. David Mellen was appointed leader of the council on 20 May 2019.[2] The next election is due in 2023.


Map of the electoral wards of Nottingham.
Map of the electoral wards of Nottingham.

Nottingham is divided into 20 wards for electoral purposes. Each ward elects either two or three councillors.

Map No. Ward Councillors
1 Aspley 3
2 Basford 3
3 Berridge 3
4 Bestwood 3
5 Bilborough 3
6 Bulwell Forest 3
7 Bulwell 3
8 Castle 2
9 Clifton East 3
10 Clifton West 2
11 Dales 3
12 Hyson Green & Arboretum 3
13 Leen Valley 2
14 Lenton & Wollaton East 3
15 Mapperley 3
16 Meadows 2
17 Radford 2
18 Sherwood 3
19 St. Ann's 3
20 Wollaton West 3


Coat of arms of Nottingham City Council
On a wreath of the colours a castle walled triple-towered and capped Proper the dexter tower surmounted of a crescent Argent and the sinister tower by an estoile Or (granted 10 June 1898).
Gules issuant from the base a ragged cross couped Proper between two ducal coronets in chief Or the lower limb of the cross enfiled with a like coronet (recorded at the 1614 visitation).
On either side standing on a staff raguly erased a royal stag guardant Proper ducally gorged Or (granted 3 November 1908).
Vivit Post Funera Virtus (Virtue Survives Death)[6]


  1. ^ "Council minutes, 9 May 2022" (PDF). Nottingham City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Council minutes, 20 May 2019" (PDF). Nottingham City Council. Retrieved 19 August 2022.
  3. ^ Ram, Phoebe (3 May 2019). "David Mellen is the new leader of Nottingham City Council". nottinghampost. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Your Councillors". Archived from the original on 5 March 2009.
  5. ^ "The Nottinghamshire (City of Nottingham) (Structural Change) Order 1996",, The National Archives, SI 1996/1877, retrieved 19 August 2022
  6. ^ "East Midlands Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.