SDC - Stratford District Council

Stratford-on-Avon District Council covers a large rural area, some 979 km² (378 square miles), right in the middle of England. Over 115,200 people live in the District, the largest town being Stratford-upon-Avon with 23,000 residents. More detailed statistics can be found through the neighbourhood statistics service, produced by the Office for National Statistics.

The Council's policies on how it delivers its services to the communities of south Warwickshire are decided by 53 councillors, each of whom is elected for four years. With its headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Council also operates five customer access terminals in Alcester, Southam, Bidford, Studley and Henley. Find out more about our locations.

Incidentally, the Council often gets asked why there is a difference in using the terms 'Stratford-on-Avon' and 'Stratford-upon-Avon'. Anything to do with the town of Stratford is always referred to as Stratford-upon-Avon. However, as a district council, we cover a much larger area than the town itself, but did not want to lose the instantly recognised tag of Stratford, so anything to do with the district is referred to as Stratford-on-Avon.

The Council provides many services including:

  • Planning
  • Building Control
  • Council Tax
  • Housing Benefits
  • National Non-Domestic Rates (Business Rates)


To find out more about what Stratford-on-Avon District Council does, or to access any of its services either visit or call 01789 267575