Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC)


Welcome to the website of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils (DAPTC). DAPTC is a not for profit membership organisation, representing, training and advising the 194 Local Councils (Town & Parish) and Parish Meetings in the Unitary Authority area of Dorset and the Unitary Authority of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Association is the first point of contact for the more than 1500 elected Town and Parish Councillors in Dorset who are working to improve their communities.

If you are visiting the website for the first time some of the pages are password protected and only accessible to member councils. The password can be obtained by contacting DAPTC by email.


For up-to-date information from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on government guidance for the local council section please visit the following webpage

Latest Blog Posts

The Piddle Path

The Piddle Path

Published: 21 Jun 21

Piddle Valley Parish Council are working on helping to create a safe school route along the Piddle Valley bridleway Read More...

Money & Pensions Service

Money & Pensions Service

Published: 21 Jun 21

The Government’s Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) is supporting the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils and is a free and impartial service to provide pensions guidance to support your council, parishioners and residents. Read More...

Town Hall Talk  - A storm in a bandstand

Town Hall Talk - A storm in a bandstand

Published: 27 May 21

With the Court ruling that Councils must now meet in public, Swanage Town Council arranged to have both their Annual Meeting and Parish Assembly in the recently re-furbished bandstand. The weather at the end of May in the last three years has been warm and balmy: just perfect for an outdoor gathering with views over the beautiful Swanage Bay. What was not on the agenda was the pouring rain, blustery winds and waterlogged seats! Read More...

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