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For information and advice please see our  Invest in Derbyshire Dales website where you can:

  • Find out what it’s like running a business in the Derbyshire Dales
  • Get information and advice to move your business forward.
  • Find out about our free one-to-one Business Advice Service
  • Learn about grants and other funding opportunities.
  • Search for commercial property and key local area data.
  • Sign up for our enewsletter to get updates on events, funding and more.   


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Set in the heart of Bakewell, amid the rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales, the District Council's Agricultural Business Centre is the ideal venue for meetings, conferences, seminars and training workshops.

The hub of the Peak rural economy, the Agricultural Business Centre is the venue for a host of regular events including the second biggest farmers' market in the whole of the UK and weekly livestock markets.

Business office opening times

Monday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

View Information [PDF 113KB] for non-domestic ratepayers and consultation on the proposed Budget and Council Tax increase for 2022/23.

We are aware that many businesses may have been affected financially by Coronavirus restrictions and, over the past 16 months, the Council has administered the Business Rates discounts that the government has made available. In addition, the Council has paid out more than £70 million in grants directly to local businesses since March 2020 to support them throughout the pandemic, and has offered advice through its Derbyshire Dales Business Advice service.

The Council has taken a light-touch approach to the collection of outstanding business rates balances during the pandemic. Over the last few months restrictions have been gradually eased and, with effect from 19 July, the rest of the restrictions are planned to be lifted. The Council has a duty to collect business rates to fund public services, and to take action if payments are overdue, and must now fulfil its duty. 

Therefore, if you have not paid Business Rates in accordance with your bill, we may contact you about the action that will be taken to collect the overdue balance. However, if you have been affected and believe you will have difficulty meeting your instalments, we are here to help. 

Please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at so that we can help you to get your payments back on track or provide help and advice if you are experiencing financial difficulties. 

Independent help is also available via Citizen’s Advice on 0808 278 7954, or visit Step Change via where there is a variety of advice online for a range of debt problems.

Commercial rental values are, in general, the basis for assessing the rateable value of business properties. The gross rate charge is calculated by multiplying the rateable value by the non-domestic rating multiplier.

The Government sets the multiplier, whilst rateable values are assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, an executive agency of HM Revenues and Customs. The council bills and collects the Business Rates.

From 1st April, 2023 the Government has decided that a new Rating List will be compiled every three years (when a new Rating List is compiled all rateable values for every property are re-assessed). So, your property will get a new rateable value with effect from 1st April, 2023. More details about this revaluation will be published at a later date.

The Rating List is available online via the Valuation Office Agency website.

Explanatory notes

View a copy of the explanatory notes that accompany the bill.

Information and consultation

Information for non-domestic ratepayers relating to 2020/21 and consultation on the Council’s proposed budget and council tax increase for 2020/21 can be found here.

We publish our tender opportunities on the Source Derbyshire website which is the first port of call for viewing contract opportunities with us. Source Derbyshire gives information on new contract opportunities and lists recurring contracts for which it is possible to bid in the future.

Potential suppliers who have not done business with the District Council previously are advised to read our "How to do business with us" web page.  We have produced the guide to assist suppliers. It aims to help in three ways:

  1. It outlines the rules that the District Council must follow
  2. It alerts companies to the opportunity to supply the District Council
  3. It explains how to bid for District Council work

The District Council encourages competition and welcomes bids from new and established supplies.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, any individual or organisation involved in one or more of the following 'licensable activities' must be authorised by us. The licensable activities are:

  • sale or supply of alcohol
  • provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, sports, music and dancing)
  • provision of facilities for entertainment
  • sale of late night refreshment (hot food or drinks supplied between 11pm-5am).

To offer skin-piercing treatments - including tattooing, acupuncture, ear and body piercing - both the person performing the treatment and the premises must be registered with us.

The District Council is responsible for the licensing of Hackney Carriages, Private Hire Vehicles, their Operators and Drivers, operating within the district of Derbyshire Dales. The main aim of the whole licensing procedure is to ensure public safety.

We have many years of experience at working with the business community and managing partnership arrangements. If you would like to start developing a business relationship with us you can get involved in one of the area in which we operate.

How will you benefit?

Local authority sponsorship deals will raise your organisation's profile. By being seen to put something back into the community, your involvement with one of our events, project or initiative will raise awareness of your organisation. It shows that you care about your local area. It says you are prepared to give something worthwhile back to the community, whilst working towards your company's business objectives.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, culture and experience. View our current vacancies.

The information sheet for each job shows some of the benefits that come with a job in local government.

We offer the opportunity to join a final salaried pension scheme. For more information please visit the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

We welcome applications from disabled people, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants.

Please note that we do not accept CVs, speculative applications or hold personal details on files.

To apply for one of our jobs, you can apply online using our online application form, print the application form, fill it in and post it to us or complete the application form electronically and email it to us.

Application forms must be received by us on or before the advertised closing date shown on the job vacancy. Application forms received after this date will not be accepted.

We will use the personal information supplied on the application and in any supporting documents to assess your suitability for the post and to monitor how effective, efficient and fair our recruitment and selection processes are. The information you provide will be kept for 6 months whether you have been shortlisted or not.

We may check the information you supply with other people and organisations in order to confirm the accuracy of your application (references, previous employment, education, etc).

Please get in touch if you are experiencing any difficulties completing a job application form.

The Department for Works and Pensions booklet called What to do after a death [PDF 0.22MB] offers sound advice on probate and other administrative issues that will need to be done around this time.

The Localism Act 2011 enshrined in law for the first time a new set of rights for communities, designed to put more power back in the hands of local people. The legislation put in place new community rights, relating to the following four areas:

Our Community Safety Team provide support to the Safer Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership to reduce crime and the fear of crime across Derbyshire Dales.  

The Partnership has succeeded in helping to keep the Derbyshire Dales a low crime area.  The Derbyshire Dales still remains one of the safest places in the country. The Community Safety team, have been working hard with a variety of partners including the police to keep the Derbyshire Dales a safe place to live, work and visit.

The work of the Safer Derbyshire Dales Partnership is scrutinised by a strategic group which is currently joint with the High Peak Community Safety Partnership and this group then report into the Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Water companies in England and Wales have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of shared sewer pipes. This means you are only responsible for the drainage pipe which serves your own property. Sewer pipes which are shared by more than one property, or run beyond your property boundary, are Severn Trent Water's responsibility.

As well as the private drains serving a single home or business within the boundary of the property, there are a few other types of pipes that are the responsibility of the current owners. These are:

  • Water supply pipes within your property boundary
  • Existing surface water sewers that drain directly to watercourses
  • Privately owned sewage treatment works and pipes connected to them
  • Privately owned septic tanks and cesspits (including all associated pipes even if serving more than one property)
  • Private pumping stations

If you have a problem related to the above you should contact Severn Trent Water on 0800 783 4444.

Any food premises in Derbyshire Dales - whether they sell food to you, or prepare food to be sold - need to be registered with the District Council.

We inspect them regularly to ensure they meet the necessary standards of food safety and hygiene.

Our Environmental Health Section helps protect public health and supports businesses to ensure standards of hygiene and safety are maintained by:

  • registering premises used for food business
  • inspecting food premises on a risk basis
  • ensuring that food is processed, prepared and served in a safe and hygienic manner, focusing on 'Food Safety Management Systems ' principles
  • ensuring food handlers are adequately trained
  • investigating complaints about food, food premises and food poisoning
  • arranging random sampling of food and drinks
  • offering advice and guidance to food businesses

Trading Standards at Derbyshire County Council are responsible for making sure that food goods are properly labelled and that they meet certain compositional standards for example the meat content of pies, the cocoa levels in chocolate and the fruit and sugar levels in jams.

Or you can print out and fill in the PDF below:

Food Business Registration Form [PDF 11KB]

Search: Find the food hygiene rating for a food establishment in the Derbyshire Dales.

The aim of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is to promote high performing food businesses and to enable you to make informed choices about where you eat out or shop for food.

The District Council has powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deal with statutory nuisance. The areas that are covered by this legislation are listed below.


Where a neighbouring building is in a poor state of repair or condition and it begins to affect your property, then this can be a nuisance. An example would be where a neighbour's leaking guttering is causing damp to your property.

In certain circumstances you may be affected by pests such as insects, rats or mice arising from a nearby property or area of land. The District Council offers a Pest Control Service, who can offer advice and can treat your property.

CountrysideThe Public Health and Housing Section deals with a wide range of pollution related issues and enquiries. These pages can be used to find out more about activities that can cause pollution, about activities that are regulated by law to control the pollution that they may cause and about land contamination.

Many activities can, if not undertaken carefully or in accordance with the law, pollute our environment. Abandoned vehicles are unsightly and can leak fuel and oils where they are abandoned. Bonfires, as well as potentially causing a nuisance to neighbouring properties can cause localised air pollution.

The District Council produces annual reports on local air quality in Derbyshire Dales. In order to help us to do this we carry out routine monitoring throughout the district for a number of common air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, lead and dust.

Some activities are regulated by law under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016 (as amended). These are certain types of industrial and agricultural processes that have been designated as requiring permits to operate due to their potential to give rise to pollution of land, air or water. Some activities are permitted by the Environment Agency and some are permitted by the District Council.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part IIA gives the District Council the responsibility to deal with land contamination issues. These are typically those issues arising from historical activities that are suspected to have resulted in land contamination and may pose a risk to human health or the wider environment.

We also advise our Planning colleagues and developers to ensure that local development is undertaken in such a way that issues including noise, light, odour and contaminated land do not become a problem.

One of our statutory duties is to undertake period reviews of the air quality in the district.

All local authorities are required to assess air quality in their areas. An Air Quality Management Area must be declared if pollutant concentrations are identified as exceeding, or likely to exceed, air quality objectives set out in The Air Quality Standards (England) Regulations 2007 and prescribed for Local Air Quality Management. These objectives must be met in any outdoor location where members of the public (receptors) are likely to be present.

At the current time 235 local authorities have declared Air Quality Management Areas, mostly for NO2 and PM10 from traffic sources. The number of Air Quality Management Areas will change through time as new areas are declared and existing areas are revoked when pollutant concentrations are no longer being exceeded.

There are currently seven Air Quality Management Areas within the County of Derbyshire, of which six have been declared in relation to traffic pollution and one in relation to industrial emissions.

The procedures that must be followed when investigating a likely breach of an air quality objective and when declaring an Air Quality Management Area are detailed in Technical Guidance LAQM.TG(16).

The Council previously consulted on its proposal to declare an AQMA in relation to pollutant emissions from Stoneleigh Cottage Poultry Farm, Derby Road, Cubley. It was the intention to declare an AQMA for a breach of the 24-h mean air quality objective for fine particulates (PM10). This objective for PM10 has a limit of 50 µg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 35 times a year. It is not considered that any other air quality objective is likely to be exceeded at this location. 

Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 ("Part IIA") was introduced to provide a system for the identification and remediation of land where contamination is causing, or is likely to cause, an unacceptable risk to human health or the wider environment.

Pollution from industrial installations in England and Wales has been controlled to some extent for over 150 years.

The Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000 (the "PPC Regulations") were introduced under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 in response to the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive (96/61), and build on existing systems. The PPC Regulations gradually replaced the pollution control regime set up under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), and the PPC Regulations were replaced in April 2008 by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2007, and again replaced on 6 April 2010 by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.  These have now been replaced by the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016.

The Public Register is a register of all processes that operate in Derbyshire Dales under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. A current list of all regulated facilities can be downloaded at the end of this page.

Coating activities, printing and textile treatments are regulated under section 6.4 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.

Within Derbyshire Dales there are currently only coating activities, and no printing or textile treatments. A coating material means paint, printing ink, varnish, lacquer, dye, any metal oxide coating, any adhesive coating, any elastomeric coating, any metal or plastic coating and any other coating material.

Section 6.4 covers a range of different activities for which there are thresholds for the use of coating materials, which contain solvents. Full details of the activities that are regulated under this section can be found in the Environmental Permitting Regulations. To summarise, installations using 5 or more tonnes of organic solvents require a permit to operate. Additionally, the re-spraying of road vehicles where 1 tonne or more of organic solvents are used in any 12 month period.

Under the Private Water Supplies Regulations 2016 the District Council has a duty to ensure that the location of all private water supplies is recorded, and those that serve commercial businesses or more than one domestic property are monitored to ensure that they are of sufficiently high quality to protect the health of consumers.

Water supplies not provided by the public water supply (mains water) can be from a borehole, spring, well or originate from ground run-off. Each supply requires its own unique protection and treatment. Those supplies which fall within the scope of the regulations are risk assessed and improvements recommended.  If there is a risk to public health improvements will be enforced in accordance with the Regulations.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no taste, smell or colour and it requires special devices to detect it. Radon is everywhere and it comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium, which is found in small quantities in all soils and rocks. Radon levels vary between different parts of the country and even between neighbouring buildings.

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Information and advice on our kerbside collection schemes for recycling, garden waste, household refuse collections, including how to dispose of bulky items and find your local recycling banks.

We have put together an A-Z guide on general household waste.  If you're not sure what items go in what container, use the A-Z to find out.

How you can help?

This A-Z is powered by you, the resident.  If you can't find your item, let us know by completing our simple online form and we will update the A-Z accordingly. Others may have the same query so it's a great opportunity for you to help them out.

Recycling in Schools Education (RISE) project works with local schools throughout Derbyshire Dales to support recycling education.  We have a variety of workshops, lessons and interactive activities on offer for schools in the District led by our Recycling Advisor and Parks and Street Scene Team.

For more information on the activities available, to discuss your school's needs or book a date please complete the online interest form and a member of our team will be in touch with you shortly.

From 1 April 2021 Derbyshire Dales residents needed to opt in to our new garden waste subscription scheme. 

Subscriptions and renewals for the year starting 1 April 2022 are now available. If you have subscribed for the current year 2021/22 you should have received an email or letter with your discount code to renew at £35.

However you don't need that correspondence to renew if you are a 2021/22 subscriber. Simply note the subscription ID on your current bin sticker (this is your discount code) and use it to claim the £35 discounted 2022/23 price during the application processClick here to subscribe

The £35 discounted renewal price (available for existing subscribers only) recognises the disruptions to collections some households experienced in 2021/22, caused primarily by a national shortage of HGV drivers. This included two planned missed collections when the garden waste scheme was temporarily paused in the summer.

Please note that while some residents took advantage of a one-off £35 early bird price in the current year, it was always intended that the subscription price for all in 2022/23 would be £50 per container.

How does the scheme work?

On joining the garden waste scheme we will send you a tamper-proof bin sticker. A collection calendar can be accessed if you have signed up to the My Account feature here on our website.

Your garden waste will be collected fortnightly from the start of April to the end of March the following year.

Leave your current Derbyshire Dales garden bin out on the edge of your property in plain sight by 7am on your collection day and we’ll collect the waste and take it to a local reprocessing facility, where it is turned into compost for farms and gardens.


The District Council's waste collection contract with Serco ends in August 2020. We have therefore been looking at options for procuring and implementing a renewed waste management contract.

This committee report [PDF 3MB] went to full council on 12 April 2018 and it was agreed that technical, procurement, and legal services could be procured to support the District Council over the following two years leading up to and during the renewal and implementation of the District Council's waste management contract.

On 18 December 2019 a special meeting of the Full Council voted by an overwhelming majority (27-2 with 4 abstentions) for Serco to continue to deliver the waste and recycling contract for the district from August 2020. The meeting also agreed to approve a new charge for collecting garden waste, to be introduced in April 2021, to offset the increased cost of the new contract. View the full report to the 18 December meeting [PDF].

Climate change is an existential threat. Extreme weather events have caused damage and destruction in this country and have led to deaths and displacement of thousands of people worldwide. Natural habitats, wildlife and biodiversity are in peril, not only from climate change, but they are being adversely affected by human intervention, which in turn is enhancing the effects of climate change.

Scientists are warning that we have a little over a decade to implement urgent action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions before we reach a global tipping point. Action is required at international, national, local and individual level to achieve the carbon reduction levels needed.

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Our greenhouse gas emissions:

2019/20 – 807t CO2e

2020/21 – 586t CO2e

2021/22 – 604t CO2e 

Overall emissions increased by 3% in 2021-22 but fell by 25% compared to the baseline year of 2019-20. 

More details are available in the emissions report.

Tackling climate change is one of the Council’s top priorities. In May 2019 we declared a Climate Emergency and pledged to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030.  The Council’s Climate Change strategy and action plan sets out a potential pathway to achieving this aim.

Priorities as part of the plan in respect of our own emissions for 2022/23 are:

  • Complete a programme of works to decrease carbon emissions from 3 key sites (the Town Hall, the depot and ABC) through installation of energy efficiency measures, moving away from fossil fuel heating and the installation of solar PV panels
  • Install electric vehicle charging points and maintenance equipment at the depot in Darley Dale and develop a plan for the transition to electric vehicles
  • Continue to assess the feasibility of developing a small solar PV farm in the district

In addition, in partnership with Freedom Leisure, we will:

  • Complete the energy efficiency and carbon reduction programme of works at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. This project is due to complete by August 2022 
  • Assess the feasibility and costs of reducing emissions from the other leisure centres

We continue to:

  • Develop our internal climate change knowledge through Carbon Literacy training and knowledge sharing
  • Access government grant funding to improve the energy efficiency of homes where residents are in fuel poverty
  • Work with partner authorities to further opportunities for collaborative working, for example on the roll out of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and developing a solution for home energy efficiency improvements where the home owner is able to pay 

Our delivery plan gives further details of our initiatives.

If you have any queries, questions or ideas please email

Looking for a new home?

Home-Options is the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Derbyshire Dales. It is the way to apply for social housing in the district.

Every fortnight, social landlords advertise their empty properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for an empty property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.

Have you got a home to let?

We are always in need of good quality homes for local residents.  Our aim is to increase the choices to local residents who need somewhere to live in Derbyshire.

If you are a private landlord or letting agent looking to let your property, Home-Options can introduce you to tenants and match tenants to your property.  There are no administration fees or hidden costs, all we ask is that you are an accredited landlord so we can be sure that we are offering good quality, well managed properties.

Over 5,000 local home seekers visit our Home-Options website every week so why not advertise your property for free?

To discuss advertising your property, contact your local Home-Options Team on tel: 01629 761 117 or email

The Council works with Platform Housing Group, other registered social landlords and the private sector to provide a stock of houses that meet the needs of our community.

Home-Options is the Choice Based Lettings scheme for the Derbyshire Dales. It is the way to apply for social housing in the district.

Social landlords advertise their empty properties on the Home Options website. You can then search for an empty property that meets your needs, in a place where you want to live.

Do you need help paying your Council Tax or rent?

If you are on a low income then you may be entitled to help by claiming Council Tax Support or Housing Benefit. There are restrictions on claiming and eligibility is income driven and subject to a means test.

To check this entitlement you can use an online benefit calculator  which then allows you to submit an electronic claim, after which you can email copies of supporting documents securely to

Working age households now have to claim help with the payment of rent through Universal Credit but can still claim Council Tax Support. Households drawing a pension or working age claimants living within Supported or temporary accommodation may still claim both Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support with the Council.

Please contact your Benefits Section on 01629 818222 (option 2) for advice.   

For tenants renting from private landlords, the Directgov website will give information on the amount of Local Housing Allowance that can be paid.

The following documents are also available for you to download and print:

Benefit Fraud Hotline

If you have any information about someone who is claiming benefit to which they may not be entitled you can report your suspicions by telephoning the Benefits Fraud Hotline on: 0800 854 440 on online here.


Don't fall victim to Council Tax scammers. We won't phone you to say you are to receive a Council Tax refund.  Read more here.

Council Tax is a locally set tax that is charged on domestic properties which helps to pay for the services provided by all the local authorities in your area. These include Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Town or Parish Council where you live. 

Derbyshire Dales District Council needs income to provide services to the community including refuse collection, housing, leisure facilities, planning and development services and environmental services.

There are rules for who is liable to pay the Council Tax. In general, where a dwelling is occupied, the owners (if it is owner/occupied) or tenants (if it is rented) will be liable, provided they are aged 18 or over. Only persons aged 18 or over are classed as residents of a dwelling.

Most dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Each dwelling has been allocated to one of eight bands according to its open market capital value at 1st April 1991.

Long Term Empty Premium 

Since 1st April 2013, Councils have been able to make an additional charge, called a premium, in respect of properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 24 months or longer.

  • Although other neighbouring councils chose to do this from 2013, Derbyshire Dales District Council delayed implementing this premium until 1st April 2019;
  • unless an exemption from Council Tax applies, a premium of 100% is payable on any property that has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 24 months or longer (meaning that twice the usual rate of Council Tax is payable);
  • It should be noted that this 24 month period does not restart if there is a change in the ownership of the property – it relates to the actual property and always runs from the first day that the property became unoccupied and substantially unfurnished.  

How you can help us

  • Tell us straight away if you move home or business, or if there is any change in your circumstances especially if you are receiving council tax benefit, a discount, an exemption or business rate relief.
  • Put your payer reference number on all correspondence sent to us
  • Answer our requests for information as soon as possible

Please contact us on 01629 818222 or by email at so that we can help you to get your payments back on track or provide help and advice if you are experiencing financial difficulties. 

Independent help is also available via Citizen’s Advice on 0808 278 7954 or Step Change via where there is a variety of advice online for a range of debt problems 

You may qualify for a Council Tax discount or exemption to help reduce your Council Tax bill.

Our parks, open spaces and leisure facilities contribute to the health of residents by creating clean and attractive environments for a wide range of sport, recreational and play for all ages, as well as offering other social benefits such as bringing together communities, and learning and development.

We're proud to manage some of the region's most beautiful parks, gardens and open spaces.  From the iconic, award-winning Hall Leys Park in Matlock to a whole host of smaller parks and gardens.

Sports, fitness and wellbeing for you and your family

Arc Leisure Matlock, Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Bakewell Swimming Pool and Gym and Wirksworth Leisure Centre are managed by our partners Freedom Leisure.  Follow the links below to find out more.

Arc Leisure Matlock

Ashbourne Leisure Centre

Bakewell Swimming Pool & Gym

Wirksworth Leisure Centre

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Here in the Derbyshire Dales you can find lively town centre stall markets in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth – all year round!

The District Council also runs the UK's second largest farmers' market in Bakewell every month.

Information on planning and building control services. Find information and advice to help you make sure your project complies with planning and building regulations.  Also, search, track and comment on planning applications.

Derbyshire Dales District, which for Planning and Conservation purposes only relates to that part of the District outside the Peak District National Park, covers approximately 33,000 hectares (128 sq miles) of land with a total population of around 45,000 and contains some of the most diverse and scenically beautiful areas in Britain. The District has a wealth of stunning landscapes, picturesque villages, historic buildings, over 1325 are listed buildings; conservation areas; archaeological sites and monuments and historic parks and gardens which make it one of the best places in Britain to live, work and visit.

The Council's Conservation Team is responsible for the care, protection and enhancement of the high quality historic built environment of the Derbyshire Dales.

A Conservation Area is 'an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'.

Within the Derbyshire Dales area, outside the Peak District National Park, there are currently 33 designated Conservation Areas. For information relating to Conservation Areas in general please refer to the District Council's information leaflet entitled - 'Conservation Areas in the Derbyshire Dales' [PDF 151KB].

The list of buildings of special architectural or historic interest is a Register, compiled by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport who record the best of British buildings.


It comprises a wide variety of structures from castles and cathedrals to milestones and village pumps.  Not all structures are what we may consider to be 'beautiful' as some are included purely for their historical value.  This heritage 'Register' covers the entire country.

The Planning Policy team is responsible for the formulation of land use planning policies to guide and encourage future development through the statutory planning framework within the Derbyshire Dales, outside the Peak District National Park.

The overall aim is secure an appropriate balance between enabling development to take place whilst also seeking to conserve, protect and where possible, enhance the local environment.

The preparation of planning policy documents is an ongoing process with new documents being drafted, consulted upon, updated and published on a regular basis. It is therefore advisable to check the site for updates on a regular basis.

The Localism Act has empowered communities to shape the development and growth of their local area through Neighbourhood Planning, and essentially consists of three elements:

  1. Neighbourhood Development Plans - Communities can write a plan which, if passed, becomes part of the statutory planning framework for the area
  2. Neighbourhood Development Orders - Communities can agree to approve a particular development of type of development without the need for planning permission
  3. Community Right to Build - Communities will be able to develop land subject to doing the work and passing examination and referendum (via a Neighbourhood Development Order)

The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 set out the procedures for Neighbourhood Planning and Community Right to Build.

The Derbyshire Dales Draft Local Plan is a very important document, as it sets out - up to 2033 - the overall vision, objectives, and policies for the future development of those parts of the Derbyshire Dales that lie outside the Peak District National Park.

After listening to what communities, local businesses and residents have said about the key issues that need to be tackled, and where new development should take place, we prepared a Local Plan which sets out how we think the area should develop in the future.

Local Plan Adoption

The Local Plan was formally adopted at a Special Meeting of Council on the 7th December 2017. 

The Adopted Local Plan, adoption statements, Sustainability Report, Inspector’s Report and main modifications can be downloaded below: 


Local Plan Policies Maps

The adopted Local Plan Policies Maps can be accessed by either using the Policies Map Inset Key Diagram, and clicking on the relevant Inset Map in that document, or by directly clicking on one of the documents below:

Policies Map Inset Key Diagram

  • Inset 1 – Darley Dale
  • Inset 2 – Matlock, Tansley, Bonsall, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Middleton
  • Inset 3 – Longcliffe, Brassington, Carsington, Hopton, Bradbourne
  • Inset 4 – Wirksworth
  • Inset 5 – Mappleton, Ashbourne, Clifton
  • Inset 6 – Hognaston, Kniveton, Atlow, Hulland, Bradley, Yeldersley
  • Inset 7 – Kirk Ireton, Biggin, Hulland Ward
  • Inset 8 – Mercaston
  • Inset 9 – Osmaston, Shirley, Rodsley, Ednaston, Brailsford, Hollington
  • Inset 10 – Snelston, Wyaston, Yeaveley, Alkmonton, Roston, Norbury
  • Inset 11 – Marston Montgomery, Somersal Herbert, Doveridge
  • Inset 12 – Cubley, Boylestone, Sudbury
  • Inset 13 - Longford

Layered PDF’s of the adopted Local Plan Policies Maps are available by clicking on one of the documents below:

  • Inset 1- Darley Dale
  • Inset 2 - Matlock, Tansley, Bonsall, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Middleton
  • Inset 3 - Longcliffe, Brassington, Carsington, Hopton, Bradbourne
  • Inset 4 - Wirksworth
  • Inset 5 - Mappleton, Ashbourne, Clifton
  • Inset 6 - Hognaston, Kniveton, Atlow, Hulland, Bradley, Yeldersley
  • Inset 7 and 8 –Kirk Ireton. Biggin, Hulland Ward and Mercaston
  • Inset 9 – Osmaston, Shirley, Rodsley, Ednaston, Brailsford, Hollington
  • Inset 10 –Snelston, Wyaston, Yeaveley, Alkmonton, Roston, Norbury
  • Inset 11- Marston Montgomery, Somersal Herbert, Doveridge
  • Inset 12 &13 – Cubley, Boylestone, Sudbury and Longford

If you would like more information or help please contact us.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD's) can cover a range of issues, and seek to expand policy or provide further detail to policies in a Development Plan Document. In comparison to Supplementary Planning Guidance prepared previously SPD's now have statutory weight attached to them in the determination of planning applications.  The SPD’s detailed on this page were prepared to support policies in the 2005 Local Plan. The District Council intends to update the SPDs to reflect the policies in the newly adopted 2017 Local Plan.

Report problems such as fly tipping and litter, find out about local car parks and get help with parking permits and blue badges.

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You can purchase a 2nd and/or replacement resident parking permit for your household online - in addition to the free permit that enables you to park for free in our car parks every day before 11am and after 4pm.

The District Council's Off-Street Parking Order and various amendments can be found in the documents below:

Parking Order 2013 with schedules [PDF 4.5MB]
Parking Order 2013 Maps [PDF 3.4MB]
Amendment (1) schedule [PDF 3.1MB]
Amendment (1) [PDF 545KB]
Amendment (2) [PDF 388KB]
Amendment (3) [PDF 212KB]
Amendment (4) [PDF 157KB]
Notice of off street parking places order amendment (5) 2nd draft [PDF 204KB]

Derbyshire Dales District Council has partnered with PayByPhone so you can now use a text payment service when paying for car parking in the public car parks managed by us. Cash payments are also available at all of our machines.

Each car park has its own unique 6 digit reference number which can be found on the side of the payment machine and/or on the App.

More information can also be found by clicking into the relevant location below.

In some rural areas (such as Hartington and Baslow), the signal strength can be poor, so we would recommend you download the PayByPhone App at home (or where you have Wi-Fi available), follow the instructions to register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle, before driving to the your car park of choice.

Making the payment on the App uses a lot less signal strength so payments should process smoothly.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can call PayByPhone on 0330 400 7275 and register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle details and these will be saved for any parking sessions you would like to activate in the future.

The Derbyshire Dales, situated right at the heart of England, has excellent transport links by road, rail, coach or air.

We are responsible for the day-to-day cleansing requirements of the District and this includes the hand and mechanical sweeping of highways, pavements and public open spaces such as car parks and market squares to remove litter and detritus.

We are also responsible for the removal of weeds from footways, the removal of dog faeces from pavements and verges and the sweeping of autumn leaves to maintain safety and reduce the risk of flooding. 

The main towns centres are cleaned daily through the use of barrowmen supported by mechanical pavement sweepers.  The villages are cleaned to a schedule, generally twice a year.  If standards within the villages or along the interlinking roads drop additional cleansing will be carried out.

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Whats on Guide websiteA lively programme of events runs throughout the year in the Derbyshire Dales - including well dressings, festivals, farmers' markets and our fabulous visitor attractions.  

The 2022 Matlock Bath Illuminations will run every Saturday and Sunday night from 10 September to 30 October, with fireworks finales every Saturday in October (plus a ow noise fireworks display on the final night of the season, Sunday 30 October). BOOK TICKETS HERE.

Matlock Bath Illuminations is a fun-packed family event featuring a spectacular parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent.

During the 8-week season Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association decorate themed models with an array of coloured lights. The models are mounted on rowing boats and paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday (from around 7.45pm in September and from around 7pm in October) and Sundays (from around 7.30pm in September and 7pm in October) in Derwent Gardens, giving a unique and illuminous display. The boats can only be viewed on admission into the gardens.

Heights of Abraham logo for webThere are fantastic firework displays on selected evenings. The fireworks light up the skies around Matlock Bath in multi-colours. The firework displays begin at 9pm (8pm on Sunday 30 October) with the best viewing positions being in the Bandstand area of Derwent Gardens.

  • Please note that on Saturdays in particular Matlock Bath can get extremely busy. For travel, timings and ticketing tips, see our FAQs
Sundays are themed nights and there's also entertainment including stilt walkers plus the fabulous parade of decorated boats on the River Derwent. To enhance the reputation of Sundays as a "family night", entertainment starts and finishes earlier, running from 6.00pm-8.30pm to take account of the fact that younger visitors have school the following morning.

Prices, events & capacity

Prices have been held from 2021.


Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome at the Illuminations, but owners should be aware that the fireworks are loud and can cause distress to some animals. Here's some advice from the RSPCA on pets and fireworks.


Picturesque villages and bustling market towns with historic buildings, speciality shops and local produce ...wooded valleys overlooked by spectacular crags and cut by sparking rivers. The Derbyshire Dales has all of this - a perfect choice for a day out, a weekend break or a longer holiday.

Walkers and cyclists enjoy an unrivalled choice of waymarked paths – offering routes to suit every ability, from gentle riverside paths to challenging long-distance routes. But many people visit the area simply to enjoy a gentle stroll around one of the many unspoilt villages.

The market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne and Wirksworth are all unique in style and character. Browse around the Georgian streets, cobbled yards and antique shops of Ashbourne, lean over the ancient stone bridge spanning the River Wye in Bakewell and delight in the arts and crafts of historic Wirksworth. Or stop awhile in Matlock or Matlock Bath , developed as Victorian spas.

With a wealth of historic houses, including splendid Chatsworth, medieval Haddon Hall and the National Trust's stately Sudbury Hall, plus a World Heritage Site in the Derwent Valley, there is plenty to interest the history enthusiast.  And with well dressings, festivals, shows and other events throughout the year you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting the Derbyshire Dales.

Our car parks

Derbyshire Dales District Council has partnered with PayByPhone so you can now use a text payment service when paying for car parking in the public car parks managed by us.
Each car park has its own unique 6 digit reference number which can be found on the side of the payment machine and/or on the App. Cash payments are also available at all of our machines.

In some rural areas (such as Hartington and Baslow), the signal strength can be poor, so we would recommend you download the PayByPhone App at home (or where you have Wi-Fi available), follow the instructions to register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle, before driving to the your car park of choice.
Making the payment on the App uses a lot less signal strength so payments should process smoothly.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can call PayByPhone on 0330 400 7275 and register a valid debit/credit card and your vehicle details and these will be saved for any parking sessions you would like to activate in the future.

The Derbyshire Dales is a paradise for walkers, horse riders, cyclists and lovers of other outdoor activities. With miles of waymarked footpaths, traffic-free cycle trails and bridleways there are routes suitable for all abilities. Gritstone edges offer a challenge to climbers, who come to the area from all over the country. Or if you prefer to relax with a spot of fishing or golf, there are plenty of excellent locations to enjoy yourself. Rivers and reservoirs offer excellent water-sports and the hills and edges offer superb opportunities for air-sports such as hang gliding and paragliding.

Find an activity and enjoy the great outdoors in the Derbyshire Dales!

Get out, get fit and enjoy the fresh air! Walking is the one of the best ways to see the countryside and the Derbyshire Dales offers an unrivalled choice of routes. The northern half lies with the Peak District, Britain's first National Park, where the limestone 'White Peak' is a patchwork of fields, stone walls and sparkling river valleys such as the Wye, Derwent, Lathkill and Dove. Higher up the moorland of the 'Dark Peak' ends in dramatic gritstone 'edges' offering superb views for walkers. In the southern half of the Dales the countryside is gentler, with rolling green fields and hedges where wildlife flourishes.

Cycling is very popular due to the miles of quiet country lanes and traffic-free former railway lines such as the the Tissington Trail, the High Peak Trail and the Monsal Trail.   Bring your own bikes or hire one at one of several cycle hire centres. 

Mountain bikers love the Dales too - with lots of challenging routes particularly in the Dark Peak 
area with its gritstone edges and moorland paths. 

Visit the Peak District website for further information on cycle routes and cycle hire (including electric bicycles).

The Council has 39 District Councillors serving a population of approximately 75,000. The Council's Corporate Plan sets out our overall direction and priorities, supported by a range of other strategies and plans. Our success in carrying out these plans is monitored through performance management.

Throughout the year we seek the views of residents, business owners, visitors and stakeholders on a range of topics. 

We regularly consult members of the public throughout the year. Our current consultations are available below. 

  • Our surveys policy is to offer a range of alternative formats for disabled people on request eg: Braille, large print or Easy Read documents. We can also offer officer support to disabled individuals where required. Contact us on 01629 761100.

Information about our budget and financial accounts and links to relevant reports and documents.

The Democratic Services department is one of our core services, providing support to our officers and Councillors in delivering our services to the public. Minutes and agendas for all meetings are all produced internally and can be found in this section.

The District Council has a legal obligation to make certain information available to the public.

The Data Protection Act 2018 gives you access to your own personal information held by the District Council.

For information on how the Council handles your personal data, visit our Data Protection pages.

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 gives you access to environmental information about the air, water, soil or land and factors affecting them, such as noise, energy, radiation or waste held by the District Council.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you access to other information, which is held by the District Council.

The District Council is committed to fulfilling its obligations under Data Protection legislation: keeping your personal data safe and secure.

In order to do this the Council has developed a comprehensive Data Protection Policy [PDF 68KB].

We have also developed a Privacy Notice  which sets out how the Council collects, stores, shares, uses and disposes of your personal data.

Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), the Council must provide you with details of the lawful basis used to process your personal data. A full list of the lawful basis used by the Council can be found here [PDF 127.1KB].

The Council has developed its retention policy to set out what data is held by the Council and how long for. Once a document reaches the end of its retention period is will be disposed of securely.

More specific information and guidance in relation to subject access requests, Freedom of Information requests, Environmental Information Regulations requests etc. can be found by clicking the popular item links below.

Find information on how we process your data in relation to elections/the electoral process 

open data logoThe aim of open data in the public sector is to increase transparency across Government and allow anyone, whether businesses, individuals, charities and community groups to re-use public sector information. The data needs to be in open, readable formats that can be easily reused.

The aim is to:

  • Make all data we hold available online (unless private or sensitive)
  • Encourage residents, businesses and anyone else with an interest to use our data to develop applications
  • Increase transparency and accountability

Use of our open data

All data listed on this open data section is released for public re-use under the Open Government Licence - this licence allows you to use the data for any purpose you wish so long as the source is credited to Derbyshire Dales District Council.

As residents of Derbyshire Dales, you are eligible to vote in a number of local and central government elections providing your name is included on the Register of Electors.

Our Communications team seek to provide newsworthy, topical and interesting information that is factually accurate and timely.

All news material can be used freely for publication. If there is information you need but can't find it, please get in touch and we will do what we can to help.

We particularly welcome petitions as one way in which you can let us know your concerns. We set out below how the District Council will respond to petitions that you send to us.

What is a petition?

We treat as a petition any communication that is signed by or sent to us on behalf of a number of people. A communication needs at least 10 signatories or petitioners before we treat it as a petition. Whilst we like to hear from people who live, work or study in the Derbyshire Dales, this is not a requirement and we would take equally seriously a petition from, for example, 10 visitors to the District on the subject of facilities at one of our Leisure Centres.

The District Council welcomes e-petitions that are created and submitted through its website.

E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions and combinations of the two are allowed.

As a petition organiser you will need to provide your name, postal address and email address. You will also need to decide how long you would like your petition to be open for signatures. The maximum time is six months, but you can choose a shorter or longer timeframe, which may depend on when the District Council will consider the issue you raise.

When you create an e-petition, it can take up to five working days before it is published online. This is because we have to check that the content of your petition is suitable before it is made available for signature.

If we feel we cannot publish your petition for some reason, we will contact you within this time to explain. You will be able to change and resubmit your petition if you wish.

When an e-petition has closed for signature, it will be dealt with as described in the 'Dealing with your petition' webpage and you will be kept fully informed of its progress. In the same way as a paper petition, you will receive an acknowledgement when your e-petition closes.

If you require further information please contact the Petition Officer.


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Our aim is to provide a broad range of opportunities for people living and working in the Derbyshire Dales to become more active, improve health and wellbeing, and improve quality of life.

Our main aims

  • Increase participation in sport and physical activity for everyone – creating safer, stronger, and healthier communities
  • Develop a sports club and group network – providing quality and accessible sport and physical activity
  • To develop and sustain a quality, enthusiastic workforce
  • To develop and manage existing and new or improved facilities