South Hams District 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 efficient, transparent, 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.
Click on the following links to access the part of the Council's Constitution that you are looking for.
Part 0 - Definitions used in the Constitution
Part 1 - Summary and Explanation
Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution
Part 3 - Delegation Scheme
Part 4 - Rules of Procedure
Part 5 - Codes and Protocols
Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme