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
Coat of arms or logo
Seats 1 executive mayor
36 councillors
25 / 36
11 / 36
Plurality voting system
Last election
United Kingdom local elections, 2016
Meeting place
Town Hall, Hempstead Road, Watford

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 itself 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.


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


Dorothy Thornhill, Baroness Thornhill of the Liberal Democrats is the Elected Mayor of Watford. She was first elected in May 2002, re-elected in May 2006, in May 2010 and again in May 2014. The Council is led by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 25 of the 36 seats. The Labour Party comprises the only other group on the council, with 11 councillors in total.


Watford consists of twelve wards.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Borough of Watford (Electoral Changes) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 

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