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Information for new residents

If you've moved to Dorset, find information on Council Tax, rubbish and recycling, your nearest schools and more.

Dorsetforyou.com is a partnership website of seven councils in Dorset. This includes; Dorset County Council, Christchurch Borough Council, East Dorset District Council, North Dorset District Council, Purbeck District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.

If you have moved into Poole (opens in a new window) or Bournemouth (opens in a new window), you will need to go to their websites for local information.

Enter your new Dorset address below to find out who your local council is, then any local information will be displayed under the following categories. If you cannot find your address, please  complete our missing address form

My district or borough council 

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Council Tax

Please let your local district or borough council know you have moved in, by telling us your address and details. You can do this using our change of address form. You can also find all the contact details you need for moving home.

You can also view our Council Tax charges and check your council tax banding (opens in a new window).

Recycling and rubbish

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Your property should already be provided with waste bins, find out what goes in which binFind out more about the bin collection service

Register to vote

New residents will need to register to vote, in order to be included on the electoral register in Dorset.

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Schools

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Find out more about Dorset schools, and applying for a place.

Parking

If you do not have parking at your new home, find out about parking permits in your area.

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Children's centres

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Find out more about children's centres in Dorset. As well as information on support available to families.

Councillors

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Find out more about your local councillors, council meetings and committees.

Support and benefits

If you claimed Council Tax Support , housing benefit or any other form of benefits previously, you can apply online. If you need specific advice contact your local borough or district council

Libraries

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Find out more about your local library, and join Dorset Libraries online to browse our catalogue and borrow a wide range of material.

Leisure centres

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There are a number of fantastic leisure facilities in Dorset. Find out more about local leisure centres.

Local events and attractions

Find everything to do with Dorset tourism on the  Visit Dorset website (opens in a new window).

Local doctors and dentists surgeries

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