Watford Borough Council

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Coordinates: 51°39′18″N 0°23′53″W / 51.655°N 0.398°W / 51.655; -0.398

Watford Borough Council
Seats1 executive mayor
36 councillors
Watford Borough Council 2018.svg
Political groups
Executive (26)
  •   Liberal Democrats (26)

Opposition (10)

Plurality voting system
Last election
2018 United Kingdom local elections
Meeting place
Watford Town Hall (19716814084).jpg
Town Hall, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EX

Watford Borough Council is the local authority for the Watford non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. Watford is located in the south-west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The council is based in the Town Hall on Hempstead Road.

The council consists of 36 elected members as well as a directly elected mayor, representing twelve electoral wards following a Boundary Commission review which came into effect in 1999.[1] Each ward returns three councillors to serve four-year terms.

The coat of arms of Watford Borough Council features a fasces.


Watford Borough Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

  • Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
  • Car Parking
  • Concessionary Travel
  • Council Tax - Administration and Collection
  • Elections and Electoral Registration
  • Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
  • Noise Pollution and Pest Control
  • Housing Administration
  • Licensing
  • Caravan Sites
  • Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
  • Public Conveniences
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information


Watford Borough Council has 36 councillors and an elected mayor, each of whom is elected for a four-year term to represent the people of Watford.

There are three councillors for each of the 12 wards within Watford.

The mayor is elected by all residents within the Borough.

Peter Taylor of the Liberal Democrats is the elected mayor of Watford.

The council is led by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 26 of the 36 seats. The Labour Party comprises the only other group on the council, with 10 councillors in total.


Watford consists of twelve wards.[1]


Coat of arms of Watford Borough Council
Granted 16th October 1922.
Gules on a pale wavy Argent between two escallops Or a pallet wavy Azure charged with a fasces erect of the second on a chief of the third a hurt charged with a saltire also of the third between two harts statant of the first.
Audentior (Bolder).[2]


  1. ^ a b "The Borough of Watford (Electoral Changes) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  2. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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