Salisbury District shown within non-metropolitan Wiltshire
|• 2001||387 sq. miles (1,004.13 km²)|
|• Origin||Municipal Borough of New Sarum (or Salisbury) and Municipal Borough of Wilton, Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District, Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.|
|• Succeeded by||Wiltshire Council|
|Government||Salisbury District Council|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972 and the pursuant The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972 as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.
On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority. At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council.
The political control of the council was as follows:
- 1976–1979 NOC (No Overall Control)
- 1979–1983 NOC
- 1983–1987 NOC
- 1987–1991 Conservative
- 1991–1995 Conservative
- 1995–1999 Liberal Democrat
- 1999–2003 NOC
- 2003–2007 Conservative
- 2007–2009 NOC (administration by coalition of Liberal Democrat and Labour)
- Local Government Act 1972
- The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972, SI 1972/2039
- The Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008, SI 2008/490
- "English local elections 2007 – Salisbury". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2018.