Town Council Services

One of the things that many residents find unclear is exactly which Council is responsible for what in the town.

Ilfracombe has three tiers of local government, each of which is responsible for different services in the area. Please find some of the services they are responsible for listed below. For a full list please visit each respective website.


Ilfracombe Town Council

Ilfracombe Town Council has two wards (East & West) and 18 members representing these two wards. Ilfracombe Town Council acts as the watchdog to the two other councils whilst also developing local initiatives, owning and managing the Ropery Road car park,  the Ilfracombe Centre, the Lantern Centre, Luma work hub and supporting many community associations, activities and volunteers. These services and activities include but are not limited to:

Phone: 01271 855300


North Devon Council

North Devon Council is the District Council for Ilfracombe. They are based in Barnstaple and provide the following services and facilities for Ilfracombe

  • Car parks, charges and fines
  • Collection of refuse & recyclables, bulky items
  • Council Tax & Business Rates
  • Electoral Registration
  • Housing & homelessness advice
  • Parks, recreation grounds,allotments, cemeteries, environmental health, pest control, noise pollution, dog control, public toilets
  • Residential and business planning applications
  • Building Control
  • Street cleaning, litter, fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles.

Phone: 01271 327711




Devon County Council

Devon County Council is the County Council administering Devon. They are based in Exeter and provide the following services for Ilfracombe.

  • Adult learning, services to schools, school libraries, youth services
  • Libraries, North Devon record Office, Festivals, The Arts
  • Public transport, school transport concessionary fares, community transport, Blue Badges, Parking Permits
  • Registration – Births, Deaths & Marriages
  • Road maintenance, potholes, traffic management, road safety, gritting, street lighting
  • Services for older people, people at risk of harm, people with physical and/or learning disabilities, carers, public health
  • Waste disposal including local tips

Phone: 0345 1551015