A constitution sets out how a council operates, makes decisions, follows procedures and ensures it is efficient, transparent and accountable. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the council to choose.
A council’s constitution is divided into sections or ‘parts’. After a short summary in Part 1, Part 2 contains the ‘Articles of the Constitution’. These set out the basic rules governing the council’s business, including the role and responsibilities of the council and the rights of the citizens.
More details about responsibilities, procedures and codes of practice are provided in other sections of the document, from Part 3 onwards. Here, for example, you can find out who is responsible for the different functions of the council, read the Codes of Conduct governing both councillors and officers, and check the council’s rules around access to information.
Use the links below to view a complete contents list for each council’s constitution and to read the constitution in full.