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 [24.88KB]

Part 0 - Definitions used in the Constitution

Icon for pdf Definitions used in the Constitution [35.46KB]

Part 1 - Summary and Explanation

Icon for pdf Summary and Explanation [39.22KB]

Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

Icon for pdf Article 1 - The Constitution [39.14KB]

Icon for pdf Article 2 - Members of the Council [34.54KB]

Icon for pdf Article 3 - Citizens and the Council [27.69KB]

Icon for pdf Article 4 - The Full Council and Chairman of the Council [30.3KB]

Icon for pdf Article 5 - Overview & Scrutiny [28.05KB]

Icon for pdf Article 6 - The Executive [40.62KB]

Icon for pdf Article 7 - Regulatory Bodies, Committees, Panels and Working Groups [26.86KB]

Icon for pdf Article 8 - Salcombe Harbour Board [27.25KB]

Icon for pdf Article 9 - Joint Arrangements [28.81KB]

Icon for pdf Article 10 - Officers [42.98KB]

Icon for pdf Article 11 - Decision Making [37.99KB]

Icon for pdf Article 12 - Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters [26.8KB]

Icon for pdf Article 13 - Review and Revision of the Constitution [27.45KB]

Icon for pdf Article 14 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution [26.23KB]

Part 3 - Delegation Scheme

Icon for pdf Part 3a - Officer Delegation [105.33KB]

Icon for pdf Part 3b - Delegation to Council and Other Bodies [150.38KB]

Part 4 - Rules of Procedure

Icon for pdf a) - Access to Information Procedure Rules [62.12KB]

Icon for pdf b) - Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules [77.27KB]

Icon for pdf c) - Contract Procedure Rules [258.34KB]

Icon for pdf d) Council Procedure Rules [105.9KB]

Icon for pdf e) - Executive Procedure Rules [61.38KB]

Icon for pdf f) Financial Procedure Rules [519.01KB]

Icon for pdf g) - Officer Employement Prodecure Rules [45.84KB]

Icon for pdf h) - Rules for Other Bodies of the Council [60.26KB]

Icon for pdf i) - Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules [82.08KB]

Part 5 - Codes and Protocols

Icon for pdf a) - Members' Code of Conduct [77.16KB]

Icon for pdf b) Members' Planning Code of Practice [79.83KB]

Icon for pdf c) - Protocol on Councillor/Officer Relations [108.97KB]

Icon for pdf d) - Staff Code of Conduct [37.97KB]

Part 6 - Members' Allowances Scheme

Icon for pdf Members' Allowance Scheme [59.97KB]