The new 'Dorset Council', a unitary local authority, came into existence on the 1st April 2019. The new council replaces 'Dorset County Council' and also 'East Dorset DC', 'North Dorset DC', 'Purbeck DC', 'West Dorset DC' and 'Weymouth & Portland BC'.
In addition, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, another unitary local authority, came into existence on the 1st April 2019. This council replaces the three separate former councils that now make up its name.
Dorset Council Elections
The elections of new councillors for the new council will be carried out in May 2019.