The activities and responsibilities of the Town Council have grown steadily over the years, and most of its work is overseen by various Committees appointed by the Council. The powers and duties of these Committees are set out below:
Buildings and Civic Matters
Management of recreational and leisure facilities including a number of community halls and the redevelopment of an artificial ski slope. The Committee also manages the award-winning public toilets in Peter Street, and oversees a variety of community safety initiatives, traffic regulation, traffic calming and the management, repair and maintenance of The Town House.
Grounds and General Maintenance
Management of most of the open spaces and play areas in the Town and the management of over 300 allotment plots on a number of sites owned by the Town Council. The Committee also keeps a watching brief over the Sunningdale Doorstep Green and Yeovil Cemetery, of which the Town Council is principal owner.
Planning and Licensing
Consideration of all planning applications within the Town area. Responsibility for the licensing of taxis, private hire vehicles and their drivers, street trading, street canvassing, busking and charitable collections.
Policy, Resources and Finance
Dealing with matters concerning policy, resources and general finance decisions on behalf of the Town Council. Determines applications for grants from local groups and organisations, oversees personnel issues and generally advises the Town Council on corporate matters.
Promotions and Activities
Overseeing the delivery of a variety of related activities, initiatives and events directly and in partnership with other stakeholders in the Town, including Yeovil in Bloom, the Annual Flower and Gardeners' Market, the Yeovil Town Centre Partnership, the Town Centre Streetscene, and the Christmas lights display. The Committee also has responsibility for the publication of the Town Guide and other promotional literature, customised souvenirs, and the Town Crier.