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Local authorities in England



Identifiers for local authorities of various types in England, with links to other coding schemes and links to the areas the authorities are responsible for.


Department for Communities and Local Government



Further Information

Includes unitary authorities, district councils, London Borough councils, metropolitan district councils, county councils. Also police, fire, waste, transport and park authorities.

Note that this dataset refers to the councils as organisations, distinct from the geographical areas that they are responsible for.



March 17, 2012 11:14


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Browse the resources in this dataset by type:

17 types

London Borough Council

A London Borough Council
View all 33 resources of this type

Metropolitan District Council

A Metropolitan District Council. There are a number of areas of England defined as Metropolitan Areas, for example Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds. District councils within these areas are known as Metropolitan District Councils. These are single tier authorities.
View all 36 resources of this type

Civil Administrative Authority

An organization with a formal role in administration or government, such as a county council, local council or police authority.
View all 444 resources of this type

District Council

District councils, sometimes known as 'shire district councils' are the lower tier of local government, with the range government responsibilities divided between the district council and the corresponding county council. Some district councils have been granted the status of a borough or a city.
View all 201 resources of this type

Unitary Authority

These are shire districts or county councils that are single tier, with responsibility for all aspects of local government.
View all 56 resources of this type

Fire Authority

The authority responsible for providing a fire and rescue service for a particular area.
View all 30 resources of this type

County Council

A county council.
View all 27 resources of this type

Local Authority

Those authorities that form the lower tier or only tier of local government: so district councils, unitary authorities, metropolitan districts and London boroughs - but not county councils.
View all 326 resources of this type

Transport Authority

A transport authority is a statutory body with responsibility for overseeing the transport network of a particular area.
View all 5 resources of this type

National Park Authority

An authority responsible for managing a national park.
View all 10 resources of this type

Police Authority

The authority responsible for policing of a particular area.
View all 37 resources of this type

Regional Park Authority

An authority responsible for managing a regional park.
View all 1 resource of this type

Metropolitan County

A geographical region containing a number of metropolitan districts. These regions are often used for statistical analysis. Some local government functions are managed at the level of these regions.
View all 6 resources of this type

Waste Authority

A waste authority is a statutory body responsible for dealing with waste from a particular area.
View all 6 resources of this type

Inner and Outer London

The London Boroughs are divided into two geographical regions for statistical analysis: Inner London and Outer London. These regions do not correspond to administrative organisations.
View all 2 resources of this type

Area Responsibility

Represents an n-ary relationship between a local authority and the area it manages, recognising that the area of responsibility of an organisation can change over time. The AreaResponsibility resource is associated with a time interval over which the relationship applies.
View all 12 resources of this type

View all 11 resources of this type