Council Constitution

The Council's Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable.

Some of the processes are required by law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The full Constitution can be downloaded below.


Constitution Sections 1-181.69 MB
Section 1: Introduction56.33 KB
Section 2: Purpose, Definition Interpretation and Amendment of the Constitution68.29 KB
Section 3: Getting Information and Getting Involved87.33 KB
Section 4: Full Council and Council Procedure Rules153.52 KB
Section 5: The Cabinet; Cabinet Sub-Committee (Council Charities); Cabinet Sub-Committee (Local Authority Trading Companies’ Sha103.97 KB
Section 6: Scrutiny115.62 KB
Section 7: The Standards Committee; Standards Sub-Committee54.35 KB
Section 8: Regulatory Committees: Licensing and Appeals Committee; Licensing Sub-Committee; Planning Control Committee217.1 KB
Section 9: Area Committees97.21 KB
Section 10: Other Committees: Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; Council Tax Setting Committee; Employment Committee; Employment77.69 KB
Section 11: Joint arrangements: CCTV Joint Committee;52.52 KB
Section 12: Officers: Management Structure and delegations; and Officer Employment Procedure Rules108.16 KB
Section 13: Finance Contracts and Legal Matters44.73 KB
Section 14: Responsibility for Functions (delegations to Officers and the Executive)328.17 KB
Section 15: Access to Information Rules102.78 KB
Section 16: Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules76.55 KB
Section 17: North Herts District Council Code of Conduct for Councillors182.09 KB
Section 18: Protocol for Member/ Officer Working arrangements105.17 KB
Section 19: Financial Regulations351.5 KB
Section 20: Contract Procurement Rules527.71 KB