Council Constitution

The Constitution is approved by full Council and sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which it has to follow. The Council has to exercise all its powers and duties in accordance with the law and this constitution. The Constitution is part of the Council’s Corporate Governance framework which defines the systems and processes by which the Council leads, directs and controls its functions and relates to its communities and partners.

Some of these procedures are required by law while others are a matter for the Council to determine.

The Constitution can only be amended by all Members of the Council sitting together as Full Council, however, consequential amendments can be made by the Monitoring Officer of the Council (Head of Legal Services).

Part 1 - summary and explanation

Summary and explanation [pdf document]

Part 2 - responsibility for functions

Responsibility for Functions [pdf document]

Schedule 1 - Council Committees [pdf document]

Schedule 2 - The Executive [pdf document]

Schedule 3 - Scrutiny Committees [pdf document]

Schedule 4 - Scheme of Delegation to Officers [pdf document]

Schedule 5 - Appointments to Outside Bodies by Council [pdf document]

Schedule 5 - Appointments to Outside Bodies by Cabinet [pdf document]

Part 3 - rules of procedure

Council Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Access to Information Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Cabinet Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Scrutiny Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Financial Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Contract Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Property Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Officer Employment Procedure Rules [pdf document]

Part 4 - codes and protocols

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-opted Members [pdf document]

Code of Conduct for Employees and Confidential Reporting Policy [pdf document]

Protocol for Councillors and Officers dealing with Planning Matters [pdf document]

Protocol for Councillors and Officers dealing with Licensing Matters [pdf document]

Protocol of Member/Officer Relations [pdf document] 

Local Code of Corporate Governance [pdf document]

Protocol for the Tees Valley Joint Health Scrutiny Committee [pdf document

Protocol for the North East Joint Health Scrutiny Committee [pdf document]

Part 5 - Members' allowances scheme

More information about allowance and the scheme