South Gloucestershire Council
South Gloucestershire Council logo
Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byAvon County Council
District councils
  • Kingswood Borough Council
  • Northavon District Council
Chair of Council
Sanjay Shambhu, Conservative
since 18 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Toby Savage[1], Conservative
since 16 May 2018
Chief executive
Dave Perry[2]
since 12 December 2018
Seats61 councillors
South Gloucestershire Council composition
Political groups
Administration (33)
  Conservative (33)
Opposition (28)
  Liberal Democrat (17)
  Labour (11)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Kingswood
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South Gloucestershire Council is the local authority of South Gloucestershire, England, covering an area to the north of the city of Bristol. As a unitary authority it has the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It is administratively separate from the county of Gloucestershire.

The council area elects 61 councillors from 28 wards. Following the May 2019 local elections, South Gloucestershire Council comprises 33 Conservative councillors, 17 Liberal Democrat councillors and 11 Labour councillors.[3] The leader of the council is Toby Savage, a Conservative, who has held the post since May 2018. The chief executive is Dave Perry, appointed on 12 December 2018.[2]

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation.[4] For the purposes of local government, South Gloucestershire is a non-metropolitan area of England.[5] As a unitary authority,[6] South Gloucestershire Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, and is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council, it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

South Gloucestershire Council is a member of the West of England Combined Authority.

See also


  1. ^ "Council minutes, 16 May 2018" (PDF). South Gloucestershire Council. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
  2. ^ a b "New Chief Executive chosen". South Gloucestershire Newsroom. 12 December 2018. Archived from the original on 26 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  3. ^ "District - District and Parish Elections 2019 - Thursday, 2nd May, 2019". South Gloucestershire Council. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 1972". Legislation. Archived from the original on 1 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". Legislation. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  6. ^ "South Gloucestershire Council". West of England Growth Hub. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.