How your Council works

The council is made up of 48 councillors who are elected every 4 years. They represent the 22 wards in the borough. The number of councillors for each ward depends upon the size of the electorate.

Behind view of Council Chamber

Your council is responsible for local services such as council tax, planning, housing and environmental services.

The Leader of the Council is responsible for most day-to-day decisions. These decisions can lawfully be delegated to the Executive, committees of the Executive, individual lead councillors on the Executive, individual local ward councillors, or to officers.

The roles and responsibilities for making decisions are set out in the Constitution. Some parts of the Constitution are required by law and some are based on the Council's own policies.

View the latest version of the Council Constitution and the supporting policies and protocols.

The council's strategy and vision for the next five years is set out in the Corporate Plan.

Councillors and Committees

The council is made up of 48 councillors who are elected every 4 years. They represent the 22 wards in the borough. The number of councillors for each ward depends upon the size of the electorate.

Councillors are elected by residents to decide how the council should carry out its various activities.

The council is currently controlled by the Conservative group. The political composition of the council is:

  • 32 Conservative councillors

  • 8 Liberal Democrat councillors

  • 3 Guildford Greenbelt Group councillors

  • 3 Independent Alliance

  • 2 Labour

You can view the most recent election results.

For information and to have your say in local issues you can contact your local councillor.

Committee meetings

The council's committees meet regularly to make decisions. You can find out when meetings are taking place by viewing our committee calendar.

You can find the agendas, reports, minutes and the councillor membership of each committee by following the links below.

Making committee decisions

All of the committees meet in public and are webcast online. You can find out the dates of the meetings from the committee calendar. You can find out more about how to participate in these meetings through our Have your say at a council or committee meeting page. 

The Executive includes the Leader of the Council and the lead councillors. The Executive has a Forward Plan of decisions to be taken.

Two Executive Advisory Boards comprising of 'backbench' councillors advise the Executive on policy development and some decisions on the Forward Plan.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee can investigate decisions made by the Executive and lead councillors.

You can find a list of recent decisions that have been taken by your council.

Guildford Joint Committee

Guildford Joint Committee is a newly formed committee of Surrey County Council and Guildford Borough Council, which replaces the Guildford Local Committee. The Committee's remit includes areas of responsibility belonging to both the county council and the borough council Surrey County Council's website.