What is a parish council

Local council

The municipal council is the municipality's parliament. A local councilor is also a person who sits as a member of the local council.
The parish council members are sent by parties to the parish council. The number of councilors a party is allowed to nominate depends on the local council election (this takes place either every five or every six years). In some municipalities, it is not the parties that are represented in the National Council that run as candidates, but lists of names. The party name in name lists is not that of a political party - such as the SPÖ or ÖVP or the Greens - but the name of the top candidate.
The total number of members on the parish council depends on the size of the parish. In small parishes this is usually nine, in large parishes the parish council can consist of 45 members. As in the National Council, there are also committees in the local council and there is a local council.
The municipal council is responsible for all political affairs of the municipality: e.g. if someone wants to build a house, the municipal council has to approve it. The local council must also ensure that there is a local doctor, that rubbish collection is regulated, that the local roads are in order and that they are cleared in winter. In three federal states (Vienna, Lower Austria, Styria) the municipal council elects the mayor. Sometimes (e.g. in Vorarlberg and Salzburg) the municipal council is called Community representation designated.