Birmingham City Council

Birmingham Districts

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Welcome to Birmingham City Council's Districts homepage. From here you can find out about the role of the:

  • District Committees and the local services they have responsibility for
  • Ward Committees working alongside the District and the decisions they make around local funding
  • Local teams responsible for managing local services and how to share your views.

The District web pages form part of the Council’s overall approach to enabling you to find out about how local services are delivered and how they can be accessed.

Ifor Jones, Service Director, Homes and Neighbourhoods

District Committees

There are ten District Committees and they have responsibilities for making decisions for the following local services:

  1. Sports and Leisure
  2. Community Libraries
  3. Neighbourhood Advice and Information Services
  4. Community Development and Play Services
  5. District Engineers
  6. School Crossing Patrols
  7. Local Car Parks
  8. Community Arts

These services are managed through Local Services Teams (see links to each District below)

From May 2012 District Committees have had additional responsibilities including:

  1. Local Housing Management
  2. Youth Services
  3. Adult Education
  4. Local Community Safety Teams

These services are also managed at a local level and will be incorporated with existing local services teams.

District Committees also have responsibilities for other services including:

  1. Parks and allotments
  2. Highways Services
  3. Pest Control Services
  4. Waste (Refuse) Collection & Recycling / Street Cleansing

Plus, since May 2012 District Committees have also been responsible for:

  1. Enforcement matters for pest control
  2. Enforcement of litter control
  3. Enforcement relating to fly posting, placarding,graffiti and fly tipping
  4. Power to authorise picking up of stray dogs
  5. Powers and duties under the Highways Act 1980, the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and the New Road and Streets Act 1991 (Executive powers only)
  6. Scavenging in alleyways under Section 78 Public Health Act 1936

These services are delivered by central teams or through contractors.

District Committee Meeting Arrangements

District Committees are required to meet six times a year. The draft protocol for these meetings is attached.

 PDF District Committee Meeting Protocol (Size: 34.2 Kb Type: PDF )


Committees focus on the key policy priorities for their area, which are contained within each District’s Service Plans (available on individual District pages). These will be shaped and informed by information received on local needs through statistics, customer feedback, ongoing monitoring and community engagement. They are also responsible for the budgets for the local services listed above.

How to get involved and have your say

There are a number of ways you can get involved with making decisions or shaping the work that we do. You can:

  • attend Ward Committees, and become involved in the decisions that affect your neighbourhood. Issues raised at these meetings are communicated to the District Committees, which monitor the services we provide and also set our priorities (see above for further details on District Committees). Ward Committee meetings are held in the local area.
  • contact your District Support Officer (DSO), using the details under the ‘Contact Us’ section on individual webpages (links above). Your DSO can advise you of other ways to get involved including joining a local friends or community group or taking part in district run initiatives.

All reports that have been to and agreed by the District and Ward Committees can be found on the Democracy in Birmingham web page.

Your Views

Your comments help us to improve our service, so please let us know what you think by submitting your views here

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