West Devon Borough Council has a Constitution, a written legal document that guides the Council on its decision making processes.

An introduction to our Constitution

The Constitution sets out:

  • How the Council operates
  • How decisions are made
  • The procedures the Council must follow.

We follow these strict procedures to ensure that we are efficienttransparent, and accountable to local people.

Some of these processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to decide. The Constitution is ultimately approved by the full Council.

For a copy of the Council's Constitution please see the download section.

Contents

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Definitions

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Part 1 - Summary and Explanation 

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Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

Icon for pdf Article 1 - The Constitution [16.56KB]

Icon for pdf Article 2 - Members of the Council [24.06KB]

Icon for pdf Article 3 - Citizens and the Council [15.13KB]

Icon for pdf Article 4 - The Council [13.56KB]

Icon for pdf Article 5 - The Mayor [14.12KB]

Icon for pdf Article 6 - Hub Committee [21.4KB]

Icon for pdf Article 7 - Regulatory Bodies, Committees, Panels and Working Groups [16.8KB]

Icon for pdf Article 8 - Overview and Scrutiny [17.28KB]

Icon for pdf Article 9 - Joint Arrangements [18.05KB]

Icon for pdf Article 10 - Officers [28.74KB]

Icon for pdf Article 11 - Decision Making [23.7KB]

Icon for pdf Article 12 - Finance Contracts and Legal Matters [16.83KB]

Icon for pdf Article 13 - Review and Revision of the Constitution [15.91KB]

Icon for pdf Article 14 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution [13.69KB]

Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions

Icon for pdf Part 3(a) - Officer Delegation [106.43KB]

Icon for pdf Part 3(b) - Delegation to Council and Other Bodies [533.44KB]

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Icon for pdf (1) - Council Procedure Rules [162.14KB]

Icon for pdf (2) - Access to Information Procedure Rules [30.32KB]

Icon for pdf (3) - Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules [12.76KB]

Icon for pdf (4) - Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules [38.52KB]

Icon for pdf (5) - Financial Procedure Rules [506.85KB]

Icon for pdf (6) - Contract Procedure Rules [244.17KB]

Icon for pdf (7) - Officer Employment Procedure Rules [21.22KB]

Icon for pdf (8) - Hub Committee Procedure Rules [29.49KB]

Icon for pdf (9) - Rules for Other Bodies of the Council [30.57KB]

Part 5 - Codes and Protocols

Icon for pdf Part 5(a) - Members' Code of Conduct [52.79KB]

Icon for pdf Part 5(b) - Officers' Code of Conduct [37.94KB]

Icon for pdf Part 5(c) - Protocol on Member/Officer Relations [61.24KB]

Icon for pdf Part 5(d) - Members' Planning Code of Practice [76.61KB]

Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme

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