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Our Constitution

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 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.

Click on the following links to access the part of the Council's Constitution that you are looking for:

Icon for pdf Index [25.68KB]

Part 0 - Definitions used in the Constitution

Icon for pdf Definitions used in the Constitution [35.66KB]

Part 1 - Summary and Explanation

Icon for pdf Summary and Explanation [45.8KB]

Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

Icon for pdf The Constitution [25.66KB]

Icon for pdf Members of the Council [36.91KB]

Icon for pdf Citizens and the Council [27.75KB]

Icon for pdf The Full Council and Chairman of the Council [29.03KB]

Icon for pdf Overview & Scrutiny Panel [28.22KB]

Icon for pdf The Executive [44.14KB]

Icon for pdf Regulatory and Other Bodies [27.99KB]

Icon for pdf Salcombe Harbour Board [27.75KB]

Icon for pdf Joint Arrangements [29.12KB]

Icon for pdf Officers [38.68KB]

Icon for pdf Decision Making [34.33KB]

Icon for pdf Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters [27.16KB]

Icon for pdf Review and Revision of the Constitution [27.62KB]

Icon for pdf Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution [26.45KB]

Part 3 - Delegation Scheme

Icon for pdf Delegation Scheme [247.19KB]

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Icon for pdf Access to Information Procedure Rules [68.85KB]

Icon for pdf Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules [69.58KB]

Icon for pdf Contracts Procedure Rules [234.43KB]

Icon for pdf Council Procedure Rules [96.75KB]

Icon for pdf Executive Procedure Rules [52.36KB]

Icon for pdf Financial Procedure Rules [513.56KB]

Icon for pdf Officer Employment Procedure Rules [52.18KB]

Icon for pdf Rules for Other Bodies of the Council [50.6KB]

Icon for pdf Overview & Scrutiny Procedure Rules [65.55KB]

Part 5 - Codes and Protocols

Icon for pdf Members' Code of Conduct [84.48KB]

Icon for pdf Members' Planning Code of Practice [81.45KB]

Icon for pdf Staff Code of Conduct [40.26KB]

Icon for pdf Protocol on Councillor/Officer Relations [98.66KB]

Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme

Icon for pdf Part 6 - Members' Allowance Scheme [61.07KB]