What is a council constitution?
The Local Government Act 2000 requires every council to have a written constitution that acts as its rule book.
The constitution sets out:
- how a council conducts its business
- how a council is structured
- who can make decisions
- procedures and codes of practice.
It governs every aspect of a council’s powers, services and the work of its officers. It sets a structure in which a council’s committee meetings operate, and makes sure decisions taken in those meetings are legal, fair and transparent.
View our Constitution.