- The BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) makes decisions for the district (Bezirk).
- The BVV decides up the budget plan, i.e. what the district spends money on.
- After the election, the BVV elects the members of the district council (Bezirksamt), which comprises the mayor and four councilors. They are voted by simple majority and lead the council.
A mayoral candidate is usually put forward by the strongest party. In most cases, the various factions have to agree on a single candidate, so that a majority of elected representatives (Bezirksverordnete) is able to give its consent.
Councilors are elected based on the division of power. This means that each faction can nominate one or more councilors depending on their size. In contrast to the Senate, many different parties are represented in the district offices.
- The BVV manages the district office, which includes the mayor and councilors. This means that the BVV is responsible for determining whether the members of the respective district offices are performing effectively and working in accordance with the decisions of the BVV.
- The BVV influences the direction of the work carried out in the district by means of proposals and suggestions.
Citizens can also submit questions directly to the district office via a resident enquiry. This enquiry is then discussed in the BVV.