Oxfordshire has a two-tier system of local government. This means that your council services are provided by two different councils. We (Oxford City Council) run services such as planning, leisure and waste collection, while Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for running services such as libraries, schools and social care.
We are a District Council and are the democratically-elected body for Oxford. In Oxfordshire, there is one county council (Oxfordshire County Council) and five district councils (Oxford City Council, Cherwell, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire).
You can see a map of the boundaries of Oxford below:
Map of Oxford Boundaries (525kB PDF)
Visit the District Councils page of the Oxfordshire County Council website to find out which district council is responsible for your services if you do not live within the boundaries of Oxford.
In partnership with others, we provide a wide range of services for approximately 150,000 residents, 83,000 people who work in Oxford and 7.5 million people who visit the city every year. For a general list of how services in Oxford are split between Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council, please see the table below:
|Oxford City Council||Oxfordshire County Council|
|Council Housing||Social Services|
|Houses in Multiple Occupation Licensing||Adult Learning|
|Housing Options Advice||Major Roads|
|Council Tax Collection||Libraries|
|Council Tax and Housing Benefits||Children and Young People|
|Business Rates (NNDR)||Fire Service|
|Environmental Health||Waste Recycling Centres and Waste Disposal
|Recycling and Waste Collection||Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages|
|Leisure Centres and Facilities||Street Lighting|
|Building Control||2 Park & Ride Sites|
|Minor Roads||Transport Planning|
|3 Park & Ride Sites||Carers' Support|
|Street Cleaning||Residents' Parking Permits|
|Community Group Grants||Youth Offending Service
|Community Wardens and Park Rangers||Music Service
|Markets and Fairs||Concessionary Bus Passes|
|Oxford Safer Communities Partnership|
Visit the Oxfordshire County Council website for more information about their services.
Visit our How the Council Works page for details on this subject.
Oxford City Council's current political make-up is as follow:
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The Labour Group currently run the administration at Oxford City Council.
Page last updated 21 May 2013
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