The development of a Parish Charter, defining the relationship between the new North Yorkshire Council and the parish sector as well as setting out how North Yorkshire Council and parishes will work together, is seen a priority for the new authority.

The importance of parishes and effective partnership working is essential to achieve the vision and aims of the new authority. However, as there will be an ongoing programme of transformation beyond the new Council’s start date (1 April 2023), it has been agreed the development of the parish charter will be a staged process. Once the initial version is adopted it will be reviewed and updated after six months and thereafter on an annual basis. A representative group of town and parish councillors and clerks have worked together with officers from across the district, borough and county councils to co-produce this initial version and will continue to be involved through the further development of the Charter.


We have contacted all parish clerks to coordinate a single response from each parish council by 12 April 2023.

You can find the contact details for your parish clerk here.

 View the draft Parish Charter. (pdf / 372 KB)

Drop in sessions

We are also running drop in sessions for Parish Councils across the county during February where you can discuss anything relating to the new North Yorkshire Council launching on the 1 April:

Hambleton District Council

9 February 2023 from 10am until 1pm

Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Rotary Way, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 2UU

See directions to the Civic Centre

Ryedale District Council

10 February 2023 from 2pm until 5pm

Ryedale House, Old Malton Road, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 7HH

See directions to Ryedale House

Craven District Council

13 February 2023 from 11:30am until 2:30pm

Belle Vue Square, 1 Broughton Road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1FG

See directions to Belle Vue Square

Scarborough Borough Council

14 February 2023 from 2pm until 5pm

Town Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2HG

See directions to Scarborough Town Hall.

Harrogate Borough Council

17 February 2023 from 2pm until 5pm

Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, Harrogate , HG1 2AE

See directions to Harrogate Civic Centre.

Selby District Council

27 February 2023 from 2pm until 5pm

Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, North Yorkshire, YO8 9FT

See directions to Selby Civic Centre.

Richmondshire District Council

23 February 2023 from 2pm until 5pm

Mercury House, Station Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4JX 

See directions to Mercury House.