Constitution

 

Arun District Council has a Constitution which sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these procedures are required to be done in a certain way by law, and other procedures are dealt with in a way for the Council to choose.

You can download the  Constitution in Full - November 2018.pdf [pdf] 2MB  or the relevant part you need to save bandwidth (see table below). You are advised to use the full document if you are searching for something, as topics can often be covered in multiple sections. Download the full document and press Ctrl and F on your keyboard to bring up the search box. You can then scroll through the results using the enter key.

Our chief officer structure changed in April 2018.  You can find more information on the Chief Officer Structures page.

 

 

PART

TITLE

DESCRIPTION

LINK

Part 1

Summary & Explanation

Gives a summary of what is contained within the Constitution

Constitution Part 1 - Summary & Explanation.pdf [pdf] 26KB

Part 2

Articles of the Constitution

There are 16 Articles which set out the basic rules of how the Council is run

 

Constitution Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution.pdf [pdf] 150KB

Part 3

Responsibility of Functions

This part details the Council’s Cabinet, committees' and other groups' responsibilities. This part also contains each individual Cabinet Member's specific responsibilities.

 

PART 3 - Responsibility for Functions (updated 07.11.18).pdf [pdf] 330KB

Part 4

Officer Scheme of Delegation

This part details the individual Responsible Officer’s delegated powers, and is divided into Senior Officers' responsibilities. Senior Officers are: the Chief Executive, Chief Executive, the Director of Services, Director of Place and Group Heads

 

Section 1

General Principles

Constitution Part 4 - Officer Scheme of Delegation Section 1.pdf [pdf] 92KB

Section 2

Chief Executive & Directors

Constitution Part 4 - Officer Scheme of Delegation Section 2.pdf [pdf] 109KB

Section 3

Group Heads

Constitution Part 4 - Officer Scheme of Delegation Section 3.pdf [pdf] 94KB

Section 4

Functions

Constitution Part 4 - Officer Scheme of Delegation Section 4.pdf [pdf] 19KB

Part 5

Rules of Procedures (Meetings)

This part covers meetings procedure rules for Full Council, Cabinet and committees.

 

Section 1

Council Procedure Rules

Constitution Part 5 - Rules of Procedures (Meetings) Section 1.pdf [pdf] 118KB

Section 2

Cabinet Procedure Rules

Constitution Part 5 - Rules of Procedures (Meetings) Section 2.pdf [pdf] 71KB

Section 3

Committee Procedure Rules

Constitution Part 5 - Rules of Procedures (Meetings) Section 3.pdf [pdf] 66KB

Section 4

Public Speaking Rules

Constitution Part 5 - Rules of Procedures (Meetings) Section 4.pdf [pdf] 41KB

Part 6

Other Procedure Rules

This part is divided into the rules to do with Decision Notices, Scrutiny, Budget and Policy Framework, Access to Information, Financial Standing Orders relating to purchasing, procurement, contracts and disposals; and Officer Employment.

Section 1

Decision Notices

PART 6 - Procedure Rules (Other) - Section 1 Decision Notices (updated 12.09.18).pdf [pdf] 108KB

Section 2

Scrutiny

PART 6 - Procedure Rules (Other) - Section 2 Scrutiny (updated 12.09.18).pdf [pdf] 161KB

Section 3

Budget & Policy Framework

Constitution Part 6 - Other Procedure Rules Section 3.pdf [pdf] 66KB

Section 4

Access to Information

PART 6 - Procedure Rules (Other) - Section 4 Access to Information (updated 12.09.18).pdf [pdf] 170KB

Section 5

Financial Rules

Constitution Part 6 - Other Procedure Rules Section 5.pdf [pdf] 167KB

Section 6

Standing Orders – Purchasing, Procurement, Contracts, and Disposals

Constitution Part 6 - Other Procedure Rules Section 6.pdf [pdf] 151KB

Section 7

Officer Employment

Constitution Part 6 - Other Procedure Rules Section 7.pdf [pdf] 36KB

Section 8

Corporate Complaints

PART 6 - Procedure Rules (Other) - Section 8 Corporate Complaints (updated 12.09.18).pdf [pdf] 89KB

Part 7

Management Structure

A table showing Senior Officers and their individual responsibilities

Constitution Part 7 - Management Structure.pdf [pdf] 77KB

Part 8

Codes & Protocols

This part is divided into: Councillors’ and Officers’ Codes of Conduct, Member and Officer relations, preparatory meetings of the Cabinet, Call-In of Prosecutions, Planning Services Local Code of Conduct, RTPI professional Code of Conduct, Petitions Scheme

 

Section 1

The Principles Behind the Members’ Code of Conduct

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 1.pdf [pdf] 36KB

Section 2

Members’ Code of Conduct

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 2.pdf [pdf] 64KB

Section 3

Member/Officer Relations

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 3.pdf [pdf] 78KB

Section 4

Preparatory Meetings of the Cabinet

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 4.pdf [pdf] 21KB

Section 5

Call-in of Prosecutions

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 5.pdf [pdf] 12KB

Section 6

Planning Local Code of Conduct for Members and Officers

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 6.pdf [pdf] 57KB

Section 7

Petitions

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 6.pdf [pdf] 57KB

Section 8

Protocol on the Filming and Recording of Council Meetings

Constitution Part 8 - Codes & Protocols Section 8.pdf [pdf] 49KB

Part 9

Members Allowance Scheme

This shows how much our Councillors are paid

Constitution Part 9 - Members Allowance Scheme.pdf [pdf] 20KB

Revisions Log

 

List of updates to the Constitution (v9 onwards)

Version 9.1 – amendments to Part 3 and Part 6 (sections 1, 2, 4, and 8) as agreed at Full Council on 12.09.18 and 07.11.18