Council's Constitution

The Council's Constitution sets out how the Council operates and how decisions are made.

Some of it is required by Statute and some of it are matters for the Council to choose.

The full Constitution is over 200 pages long. You can view the entire Constitution by opening this document.

Icon for pdf Constitution in Full 10.09.19 to present [1.68MB]

However, if you know which section the information you require is in you may prefer to open the relevant section only, the appendices to the full Constitution are also available.

Sections:

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 01 - Introduction and Summary [240.21KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 02 Members of the Public and the Council [125.34KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 03 Members of the Council [125.29KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 04 Full Council [132.66KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 05 The Cabinet [107.57KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 06 Leader of the Cabinet and Portfolio Holders [86.74KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 07 Scrutiny Board [114.07KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 08 Planning Board [71.09KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 09 Licensing Board [87.48KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 10 No Longer in Use [4.6KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 11 Standards Committee Terms of Reference Under Voluntary Arrangements [92.44KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 12 No Longer in Use [4.61KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 13 Audit Committee [91.74KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 14 Joint Arrangements [110.15KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 15 Rules for Conducting Meetings [202.07KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 16 Access to Information [161.5KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 17 Urgent Decisions [77.14KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 18 Responsibility for Functions [569.24KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 19 Officers [90.01KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 20 Constitution [72.16KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 21 Financial Regulations [261.05KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 22 Contracts Procedure Rules [304.49KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 23 Disclosable Pecuniary Interest [57.37KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 24 New Scheme for the Wells Recreation Ground [59.56KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 24a Governing Document for the Wells Recreation Ground Trust Committee [336.66KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 25 Wells Recreation Ground Trust Conflicts of Interest Policy [126.33KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Section 26 Executive Functions and other matters delegated to the Phoenix Board [149.45KB]

Appendices:

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix A MDC Members' Code of Conduct 2016 [78KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix A1 Local Code of Corporate Governance [147.94KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix B Officers' Code of Conduct 2016 [192.63KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix C Code of Good Practice for Planning [233.08KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Di Statement of Licensing Policy 2016-2021 [790.64KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Dii Taxi Policy [989.39KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Diii Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles Mendip 2016-2019 [736.01KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix E Protocol for member officer relations [226.32KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix F Management Structure of the Council [138.97KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix G Members' Allowance Scheme 2019-20 [401.15KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix H Arrangements of dealing with Standards Allegations [191.26KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix I 1 Procedures for Licensing Hearings [128.62KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix I 2 Procedures for Licensing Hearings - Private Hire and Hackney Carriages [72.33KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix K Officer employment procedure rules [26.21KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix L Members' Media Relations Protocol [136.71KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix M Officers' Media Relations Protocol [141.77KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix N Somerset Waste Board Constitution and Inter Authority Agreement 2018 [1.08MB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Oi Member Development Policy [116.51KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Oii Member Development Strategy [402.75KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix P Petition Scheme [113.48KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix Q Whistleblowing Policy 2019 [176.1KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix R Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy and Strategy 2019 [261.03KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix R Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy and Strategy 2019 Appendix B [109.14KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix S Procurement and Commissioning Strategy 2013-2016 [344.3KB]

Icon for pdf Constitution Appendix U Somerset Building Control Partnership - Constitution for Joint Committee [114.92KB]