Kent has three tiers of local government:
- county council
- district and borough councils
- parish and town councils
Each provide different services to our local community. This page explains each council's responsibilities.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
We provide these services:
- benefit payments
- car parking
- community safety
- collection of council tax
- environmental health
- housing and homelessness
- parks and open spaces
- planning applications
- rubbish collection and street cleaning
- voting and elections
Our sports centres and swimming pools are operated by tmactive.
There are 12 district and borough councils in Kent. You can find the areas that these councils cover at Find your local authority (GOV.UK).
Kent County Council
Services provided by the county council include:
- schools including emergency school closures
- social care
- roads and transport including bus passes
- household waste recycling centres
- birth, ceremonies and death registrations
Parish and town councils
Parish and town councils are elected local authorities. Tonbridge and Malling borough is made up of 26 parish councils and one town council.
They are responsible for:
- bus shelters
- community centres
- village halls