The procedures for abolishing a local authority mayor are the same as those for establishing one. Abolishing a mayor comprises a ‘change in governance arrangements’. This may be driven either by a referendum or by a resolution of the full council. A mayor cannot themselves either unilaterally decide on abolition, or veto a proposal to abolish their post.

Elected mayoralties have been abolished in Stoke-on-Trent (2009), Hartlepool (2013), and Torbay (2019).