Community rights


The Localism Act received royal assent on 15 November 2011.

This new legislation takes power from central government and hands it back to local authorities and communities, giving them freedom and flexibility to achieve their own ambitions. For an overview of the Act, please download the Plain English Guide to the Localism Act on the Communities and Local Government website.

About the Act

The Act introduces several new rights and powers for communities and individuals, including:

The Community Right to Bid came into force on 21 September 2012.

The Community Right to Build came into effect in April 2012.

The Community Right to Challenge came into force on 27 June 2012. Please contact the council's Procurement Team for more details.

Neighbourhood Planning came into effect in April 2012.

More information

For details of land or buildings owned or managed by Bristol City Council, please use our Council-managed land online map or search using address, street or postcode via My neighbourhood online maps.

There is a related Right, which may also be of interest to local communities, please see Community Right to Reclaim Land for more details.