Before the local government re-organisation in 1996 the Mayor was the Chairman of Bath City Council. Now the Mayor is Chairman of the Charter Trustees and the Ambassador for the city. This is a non-political role promoting Bath, nationally and internationally, and supporting the local community.

The Charter Trustees are the 28 Councillors elected to represent the wards in the city on Bath & North East Somerset Council. There are usually four meetings each year and the Mayor is dressed formally in robe, jabot, Collar of Office and hat. As Charter Trustees the Bath Councillors maintain the traditions and functions of the Mayor and hold historic and ceremonial property, in particular Charters (the ancient documents devolving power from various monarchs over many centuries), the Insignia (Collars and Badges of Office), Civic Regalia (two Maces, City Sword, robes and City Watch Staves), and the City Plate (gold and silver collection).


Financially, Charter Trustees are treated as a Parish Council. They raise a precept on the Council tax payers of the City, which must be spent and accounted for in the same way as any other Council.

Each year the Charter Trustees of the City of Bath elect one of their number to be their Chairman and Mayor of the City of Bath and another to be Vice Chairman and Deputy Mayor of the City of Bath. They also elect a Committee of seven Charter Trustees to oversee the day-to-day functions of the Mayoralty and the Charter Trustees.

Notice of conclusion of audit Annual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2021

Click on the links below to see the notice of conclusion of audit and external auditors report and certificate.

Click here for the Conclusion Notice conclusion of audit notice and exercise of public rights.

Click here for the external auditors report PKF Report and Certificate

Click here 01 Comp AGAR for the annual governance statement & accounting statements.


Full Meetings of the Charter Trustees 2022


Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 6pm. Agenda Minutes

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 at 6pm. 

Saturday 28th May 2022 at 11am in Bath Abbey

Tuesday 4th October 2022 at 6pm.



Agenda & Minutes of Meetings

To view the Agenda’s & Minutes of previous meetings click on the links below.

Meeting 103 October 2021 Agenda Click here Minutes 

Meeting 102 May 2021 Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 101 January 2021 Agenda Click here  Minutes Click here

Meeting 100 December 2020 Agenda Click here  Minutes Click here

Meeting 99 June 2020 Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 98 January 2020 Agenda Click here  Minutes Click here

Meeting 97 October 2019 Agenda Click here  Minutes Click here 

Meeting 96 June 2019. Agenda Click here  Minutes Click here 

Meeting 95 April 2019. Agenda  Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 94 January 2019. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 93 June 2018. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 92 May 2018. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 91 January 2018. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 90 October 2017. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 89 June 2017. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 88 May 2017. Agenda Click here Minutes Click here

Meeting 87 January 2017 Agenda Click here Minutes Click here Background papers Click here


Many of the original Towns have subsequently achieved Parish status and now have a Town Council with a Mayor – Banbury, Beverley, Bridgwater, Daventry, Dover, Deal, Folkstone, Hereford,and Newbury, Weston-super-Mare.  However, 12 of the original towns remain Charter Trustees. These are Bexhill-on-Sea, Burton-on-Trent, East Retford, Grantham, High Wycombe, Kidderminster, Lowestoft, Mansfield, Margate, New Sarum (Salisbury), Ramsgate and Worksop.

The creation of new Unitary Councils in the last few years has resulted in more town or City Councils being abolished, with the potential loss of Mayoralty after a period of several hundred years. The Charter Trustees Regulations 1996 were brought into force and, on 1st April 1996, the City of Bath and the Towns of Beverley, Cleethorpes, Great Grimsby and Scunthorpe became Charter Trustee Towns. The City of Hereford was added in 1998. The numbers of Councillors and the percentage of Charter Trustees within the principal Council varies enormously. This can vary from 28 Charter Trustees in 59 Councillors in the case of Bath to 5 in 67 in Beverley.