Christow Parish Council is a small local authority. There are eight members of the Council who are elected every four years. The Council employs a part-time clerk, who is also the Responsible Financial Officer. The Council is subject to audit and councillors adhere to a Code of Conduct, which means they are fully accountable.
The Council is a representational voice for the community, responding to other authorities and drawing attention to any issue that affects people living within the parish. It is consulted by Dartmoor National Park Authority on planning applications in its area.
The Council owns and manages Christow cemetery on the Teign Valley Road, the recreation field and the car park, the bus shelter, and an allotment site. It also manages two children's play areas on land leased from the District Council.
Members of the public are invited to attend Council meetings, which are held every month, except for August, in the Bowden Room of the Teign Valley Community Hall. There is always a 'public discussion' period during which time the public can ask questions and raise issues.