The publishing platform created by councils, for councils.

For Web Teams

Stop trying to reinvent the wheel and make your life easier.

Digital leaders, developers, and content designers (and editors and web managers) from councils all across the UK are working together to produce a best practice web publishing platform that is reliable and efficient to deploy, saving councils both time and money. 

It is free and here for you to use. 

Improved websites and service delivery

The LocalGov Drupal CMS and Microsites Platform have enough flexibility to produce customised sites you and your team can be proud of, without compromising usability.  

They have proven functionality and content types that can be deployed quickly, and are adaptable enough to create unique websites. 

Heads of digital can provide their service owners with better outcomes. 

Content designers and editors have more freedom to create great sites, with best practice information architecture and content patterns. They can also react more quickly to needs of the public and service owners.

Developers spend less time building the basics and more time developing advanced new features. 

Everything we’ve built is based on user research and tried and tested by the public sector. Many of our content formats and patterns are based on Government Digital Service standards. The base theme is lightweight, WCAG AA accessible and responsive. LocalGov Drupal and the Microsites Platform are built on Drupal 9. 

It's an overwhelmingly positive experience for me, for my manager, and for our team. We own our own code. We have a product that works really well. And there's enough shared and common services between all councils that I would say that you're pretty much guaranteed to have a better product than if you were to do it yourself.

Easy and quick to deploy and use

The code for both the LocalGov Drupal CMS and the Microsites Platform is available to take and use as you wish. 

LocalGov Drupal CMS

The distribution is flexible enough to only implement the modules and page types that best suit your needs. 

Any developer with composer, docker and lando installed can run our quick start install detailed in the file in the installation profile. Developers familiar with Drupal should find LocalGov Drupal easy to install, adapt and extend. We aim to follow Drupal coding standards and best practices in open source development. 

While smaller councils could use LocalGov Drupal without too much customisation, we also see the distribution as a starting point for extension. Many councils choose to extend the default functionality with custom development for their sites and we aim to take this into account when releasing future updates.

Here are case studies of how councils with different resources and needs are using LocalGov Drupal. 

Take a look at the demo site, ask us for a demo, or just grab the code and start using it. You can get a free 30 day trial of LocalGov Drupal on AWS - see the Resources page for details. 


Microsites Platform

The Microsites Platform is a stand-alone microsite system, reusing many features from the main LocalGov Drupal CMS. 

It allows a single site to run many individual sites. 

From just one instance digital teams can create multiple, distinct, websites that are easily updated and maintained.

Once the microsite system is set up a new site can be configured in moments.  

Each microsite has its own distinct users, content, files and domain. 

A microsite admin can set up the site’s appearance through the UI and a site editor can create multi-column content-rich pages, blogs, news articles, events and directories. 

If and when the site has run its course, the microsite controller can shut it down with the click of a button.

Take a look at the example demo sites for Independent Living, Filming, Place, Team blog

Ask us for a demo, or just grab the code and start using it!



We encourage all councils and development teams to extend with re-use in mind and to contribute code and experience back to the project to allow other councils to benefit. It is this spirit of collaboration, shared functionality and peer learning that is making LocalGov Drupal so valuable to all councils and developers involved.

The greatest benefits however are to be had from actively participating and helping to shape feature development. Participating councils work together to decide upon and develop new features and functionality, based on user research and service needs.

Councils who join the project in this way agree to commit some time to further the aims of the organisation and where possible share skills and resources. 


Community and professional development

One of the side benefits many of our members report is faster development of their professional skills. This comes out of collective knowledge and skill sharing, whether it be having access to best practice user research, developing code together, or collectively figuring out how to best fix a service design problem. 


If you would like to find out more or have any questions just drop us a line at We are always happy to chat about LocalGov Drupal, provide a demo of the platform, or show how councils are using it.

Enhanced functionality, best in class code, better accessibility, better user research, just about every element around a public sector website that you could mention is better. It's just been very positive indeed.