The Queen announced a string of bills affecting councils in the state opening of Parliament.
A Local Democracy, Economic Development & Construction Bill applying predominantly to England will place a duty on councils to monitor local economic conditions.
It will also impose a duty to promote democracy and respond to petitions.
The bill also separates the Boundary Committee for England from the Electoral Commission and creates a new national tenants' voice organisation.
A Business Rates Supplement Bill was not mentioned in the speech itself but will allow councils to set up supplements of 2p in the pound to promote economic development.
A Health Bill will create a new NHS constitution and extend the local government ombudsman’s remit to cover people who have arranged their own social care.
A Policing & Crime Reduction Bill will include tighter controls on lapdancing clubs and alcohol sales.
Other relevant bills for local government include a Children, Skills and Learning Bill, requiring schools to co-operate more on bad behaviour, a Welfare Reform Bill and a Child Poverty Bill.