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​​​​​​​​​​​​Democracy is essential. It provides the building blocks of society to make sure: 

  • our loved ones are cared for, 
  • our children are educated, and ​
  • our neighbourhoods are safe and well-maintained. 

A vibrant local democracy needs people who will represent communities and shape services to meet the needs of its citizens.

 For democracy in Cardiff to thrive in an open and fair way, the council needs you, as a resident, to get involved and influence change for your area.

Cardiff Council is one of 22 local authorities in Wales and provides over 700 services to residents, business and visitors including:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Social Services
  • Highways and transport
  • Waste management
  • Leisure and cultural services
  • Consumer protection
  • Environmental Health
  • Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Emergency planning

The authority is made up of democratically elected members and an executive (Cabinet) who make the decisions about services, policies and developments in the city.

To ensure the council make fair decisions the members and senior management must follow the rules and regulations set out in the Constitution​.
The council receives funding from a variety of sources, including a grant from the Welsh Government, business rates and council tax.

In late autumn, the Welsh Government publishes its Provisional Settlement, which gives an indication of the size of the grant and level of business rates we might expect for the next financial year. This accounts for over 75% of our total income.

In February the council agrees the budget and sets the level of council tax for the next financial year.

Find out more about Council Finances.
There are many different ways you can connect with Cardiff Council. 

Contact your local Councillor

It is the role of your elected councillor to represent you and your concerns and to lobby on your behalf. You can email, write a letter or telephone your councillor. Many of our members are also engaging on social media.

Find your local councillors and how to contact them​.

Follow us on social media

We send out regular updates on our services, events and any consultations taking place. It’s worth following us on Twitter and liking our page on Facebook. Many of your local councillors are also using social media channels.

Download the App

You can access any of the public committee papers on your mobile device by downloading the Mod.Gov App. You can choose which committees you wish to subscribe to and the relevant papers are downloaded to your device when you are next online.

Sign up to the app on Google Play Store, Microsoft app store or the App store​.

Watch meetings online

Watch a council meeting. You can view Council, Cabinet and committee meetings ​as they take place or watch previous meetings from the archive.

Register to vote

To vote in any UK election or referendum, you must be registered to vote. To register to vote, you just need five minutes and your National Insurance number. You can register to vote from the age of 14 years old (but can’t vote until you’re 16 or 18 depending on the election) and qualifying foreign citizen in Wales are also entitled to register to vote.

Register to vote
Find out about the different ways you can get involved.

Take part in Public Consultations

We regularly hold consultations on proposals that may affect you, your community and the services we provide. All of our consultations are widely available.

View current live consultations.


We recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Petitions can be presented to a meeting of the Full Council and Planning and Licensing Committees.

Our Petition Scheme explains how to submit paper or electronic petitions which can be considered by full council or committees.

Public Questions

If you live or work in Cardiff and have a question to submit concerning something that matters to you and your community you can ask a public question at a Full Council meeting. You can ask one question per meeting and up to two in any one municipal year.

To ask a public question please email​ or write to Cardiff Council Democratic Services, Room 286, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf,Cardiff CF10 4UW.

Have your say through Scrutiny

Scrutiny committee members are councillors who do not hold Cabinet positions within the council. They monitor the council's performance and investigate areas of concern. They also hold to account council decision takers and examine proposed strategies and policies. They check, and report on all areas of the council's work, including partnership work. Scrutiny committee members want to hear your thoughts and concerns on topics.

More information about Scrutiny.

Attend a public meeting

There are regular public meetings including Council, Planning Committee, the Cabinet and five topic related Scrutiny Committees. View agendas, papers, location and time of the meetings.

You can attend a public meeting. View the calendar of council meetings​.

Cardiff Youth Council

Individuals and representatives from schools and youth groups make up Cardiff Youth Council. Find out more about Cardiff Youth Council.

Independent Members on Council C​ommittees

Two of the Council’s committees have Independent or Lay Members appointed. This is to support the good governance, financial stewardship and high standards of conduct of the Council and its Elected Members. Independent Members have a range of experience and skills and do not have business connections with the Council. For more information visit our Committee vacancies page.

Be a Councillor

Councillors are elected to represent their communities to make important decisions about local matters and local public services. It is important that councillors are like the people who elect them - we need more diverse councillors – we need more women, more young people, more Black Asian and Minority Ethnic people, more disabled people and more LGBTQ+ people to stand. All councils are committed to encouraging and supporting diverse people to stand.

The Welsh Government has introduced reforms to make it easier to stand and to make it easier to be a councillor.

Elections and voting

If you hold British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizenship, you can vote in all elections that take place. In Wales, you can vote in Senedd and local government election when you’re 16. You can vote in all other elections when you’re 18, including the UK Parliamentary and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

If you hold EU citizenship (other than the Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus), you can vote in most elections that take place. You can’t vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

If you are a qualifying foreign citizen living in Wales, you can vote in Senedd and local government elections.

Which elections can I vote in?

Types of elections​

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