Part 1 - Summary and Explanation
This part of the Constitution provides a general overview of the Council.
Summary and Explanation
Part 2 - Articles
The Articles provide details on how the Council functions and contain principles, commitments and basic rules, on how the Council conducts its business.
Part 3 - Responsibility for Functions
Under Executive arrangements, all functions are the responsibility of the Cabinet unless the law provides otherwise. This part of the Constitution details which part of the Council can exercise various functions. In addition, it provides information on meetings, delegations to Committees, Cabinet Members and Officers. There is also a list of officers which are designed as the Proper Officer in the Procedure Rules contained in Part 4.
Responsibility for Functions
Scheme of Delegation to Regulatory Committees
Scheme of Delegation to Cabinet
Scheme of Delegation to Officers
Designation of Proper Officers
Record of Decisions Form (lilac form)
Part 4 - Procedure Rules
This part of the Constitution contains the rules that the Council is required to have in place both by law and those which contribute to the corporate governance of the Council which govern how the various meetings of the Council will be conducted. In addition, it contains other rules relating to the budget and policy framework, financial procedures, the letting of contracts and the employment of officers.
Council Procedure Rules
Meeting Procedure Rules
Cabinet Procedure Rules
Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules
Planning Committee Procedure Rules
Licensing Committee Procedure Rules
Governance and Audit Committee Procedure Rules
Access to Information Procedure Rules
Budget and Policy Framework
Financial Procedure Rules
Contracts Procedure Rules
Officer Employment Procedure rules
Petition Procedure rules
Part 5 - The Ethical Framework
This part of the Constitution comprises various Codes and Protocols relating to standards of conduct and good practice which contribute to corporate governance of the Council.
Members' Code of Conduct
Planning Procedure Code of Practice
Monitoring Officer Protocol
Chief Finance Officer Protocol
Gifts and Hospitality
Guide for Members and Co-opted Members on Dispensations
Guidance for Councillors and Officers on Outside Bodies
Local Code of Corporate Governance
Risk Management Strategy
Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy
Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme
This part of the Constitution comprises the Council's current Members' Allowance Scheme.
Part 7 - Management Structure
This part of the Constitution comprises the current officer management structure.
Part 8 - Local Councils Charters
This part of the Constitution contains the Charters agreed with the Colchester Association of Local Councils to enhance the partnership arrangements between the Council and Parish/Town Councils in the Borough.
Charter by the Borough, Town and Parish Councils
For more information on the Constitution please contact -
Strategic Governance Manager and Monitoring Officer
Phone: 01206 282213