With a population over 32,000 Lichfield City Council is one of the largest 'parish' councils in England. We provide a wide range of social and recreational facilities, and promote the interests of the city in our dealings with other bodies. We work in partnership with the larger Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire County Council to provide and supplement local government services within the city.
The Council has 28 members who are elected every four years. The Mayor is the civic head of the Council and chairs Council meetings. The Deputy Mayor undertakes the Mayor's duties in the absence of the Mayor. The Council also appoints a Leader of Council to be the main person responsible for leadership of the Council's political and policy matters. The Council is also one of only 15 towns and cities in England and Wales which appoints a Sheriff.
The Town Clerk is the chief paid officer of the Council, responsible for implementation of the Council's decisions, administration of the Council's affairs, and advising the Council on matters of law, procedure and policy.
The full Council meets about nine times a year. There is one main Committee, the Planning Applications Committee, which comprises all members of Council and meets every three weeks. Various 'working parties' are established from time to time to deal with specific issues.
Council and Committee meetings are open to the public. They usually begin at 6.30pm and are held in the Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield.