Municipal councils and regional district boards

Last updated on February 28, 2024

Municipalities and regional districts are represented by elected officials who exercise the powers and perform the obligations of the local government with input from staff and citizens.

Provincial legislation sets out the:

  • Roles of mayor and council
  • Roles of regional district directors, their voting strength and voting process at the board table
  • Accountability of councils and boards through meetings and procedures
  • Public engagement processes
  • Rules to guide the deliberations of elected officials


Municipal councils

Each municipal council in B.C. consists of a mayor and between four and ten councillors depending on the population of the municipality.

Learn more about the responsibilities of mayors and councillors and municipal council procedures.

Regional district boards

Regional district boards consist of members representing electoral areas, municipalities and Treaty First Nations. The size of the board varies depending on the composition of the regional district area.

Learn more about regional district board directors and procedures including eligibility, responsibilities and how voting works at the board level:

Local government administration

Local government administrative staff implement the direction and decisions set by municipal councils and regional district boards.

Learn more about: 

Council and board procedures

Municipal councils and regional district boards make decisions, participate and vote at meetings in line with provincial legislation and procedure bylaws.

Local government meetings

Local government meetings are gatherings where municipal council or regional district board members make decisions or move toward making decisions. Typically, meetings are open to the public to facilitate transparency and accountability of the council or board.

Local government public engagement

Local governments can engage with citizens in a variety of informal and formal ways. Informal engagement includes open houses and non-binding community opinion polls, while formal engagement includes legislatively required local government consent or elector approval.

Contact information

Contact us if you have questions about municipal councils and regional district boards.

Victoria Office
250 387-4020
Toll Free
1 800 663-7867
Governance and Structure Branch
Victoria, BC
V8W 9T1