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What are community rights?

To make sure that you and your neighbours have the community that you aspire to, the government has given you legal powers through the Localism Act 2011 and new opportunities to preserve what you like and change what you don’t like about the city, town or village you live in. Whether you want to stop the local shop closing, get more homes built, or improve local public services, this quick and simple guide will point you in the right direction.

It also gives you just a few examples of the thousands of people, in hundreds of communities, who are already using their rights to make changes for the better in their area.

To find out more about our work with communities go to the More Local page.

To find out more about community rights provided by the government look at the Helping communities to take control page or visit the My Community Rights website.

The rights available to local communities:

Neighbourhood Planning

Community Right to Build

Community Infrastructure Levy

Community Right to bid

Community Asset Transfer

Community shares

Our Place

Community Right to Challenge

Parish Councils

Right to manage and community cash back

Community right to reclaim land