The township or civil parish was in Lancashire.
Westhoughton Local Board of Health 1872-94
A Local Board of Health for the township of Westhoughton in the Bolton Poor Law Union was formed in 1872.
Westhoughton Urban District 1894-1974
In 1894 Westhoughton Local Board became an Urban District, the area of which was extended in 1898 by the addition of a large part of Over Hulton.
Bolton Metropolitan Borough 1974
The whole of Westhoughton became part of Bolton Metropolitan Borough in 1974.
Westhoughton Town Council 1985
After a 10 year interval, Westhoughton Town Council came into being in 1985, electing its own Town Mayor each year.
Chairmen of Westhoughton 1872-1974
Mayors of Westhoughton 1985-2016