Whorlton Parish Council has five councillors who aim to be a focus for local activity and a point of contact to help residents with improvements in the village. The work of a Parish Councillor is voluntary and all councillors must publicly declare if they have any financial or other interests in accordance with the Localism Act 2011.
The Parish Council has legal responsibilities as an employer and the Clerk acts as the Responsible Financial Officer and administrator and advises the Parish Council on lawful decision making and implementation.
The powers and duties, and the manner in which a Parish Council operates is laid out in local government statute and regulations. Individually, members must also conduct themselves in accordance with an agreed Code of Conduct. These documents are available to the public and can be viewed by contacting the Clerk.
Planning applications are rececived from North Yorks Moors National Park or Hambleton District Council.