The main function of the Council meeting is to approve the key plans and strategies of the Council that make up the 'policy framework' and to set the council's budget.
Full council is made up of all 42 district councillors. Its annual meeting takes place in May.
The Leader, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the council are appointed at the annual meeting and councillors are also appointed to committees after nominations from the political group leaders.
Meetings are held South Walks House, South Walks Road in Dorchester.
Members of the public can ask questions or present a petition at Council meetings (Not the Annual Meeting of Council).