Dorset County Council

By SPP Reporter

County Hall, Dorchester
County Hall, Dorchester

Dorset County Council (DCC) is the county council that serves the county of Dorset and provides the upper tier of local government. The county council is based at County Hall in Dorchester.

Dorset County Council's responsibilities include schools, social care for the elderly and vulnerable, road maintenance, libraries and trading standards.

Dorset County Council

County Hall

Colliton Park



Tel: 01305 221000

Opening hours of County Hall

Monday to Thursday 8.15am to 5.30pm

Friday 8.15am to 4.30pm

Closed Saturday and Sunday


The Blandford area is also covered by North Dorset District Council, one of six smaller authorities whose responsibilities include local planning, council housing, refuse collection, sports and leisure facilities, and street cleaning.

North Dorset is a largely rural, local government district, but includes the towns of Blandford Forum, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Stalbridge and Sturminster Newton. Much of North Dorset is in the River Stour valley and is called the Blackmore Vale. The economy of North Dorset is largely dairy agriculture based.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury, Blandford Rural District, Shaftesbury Rural District and Sturminster Rural District.

At the 2001 UK census North Dorset had a population of 61,905, a rise of 8,300 from 1991, with 25,248 households.

North Dorset District Council


Salisbury Road,

Blandford Forum,

Dorset DT11 7LL

Tel: 01258 454111


Blandford Forum Town Council

The Blandford Forum Town Council consists of 16 Councillors, Town Clerk and staff and is responsible for the administration of Blandford Forum.

The Town Council office is situated in Church Lane opposite the RBL Legion House.

Town Clerk's Office

Church Lane

Blandford Forum

Dorset, DT11 7AD

Tel: 01258 454500

The opening hours of the Town Council office is

Monday to Friday 0930-1230 hrs

The Town Council has a Facebook Page at Blandford Forum Town Council

The Town Council has a web page at:

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