The Maldon District Council formally started work on 1 April 1974. This new authority was formed by merging 3 existing authorities under the Local Government Act 1972. Those authorities were the Ancient Borough of Maldon; the Maldon Rural District Council; and the Burnham-on-Crouch Urban District Council. The Coat of Arms was granted in 1979 and is designed to reflect the history of the District.
The Chairman of the Council remains the ceremonial head and is the first citizen (after the Queen) in the District of Maldon. Details of the protocol to be observed in affording precedence to the Chairman at functions are contained in section 3 of the civic protocol in the Maldon District.