The council constitution explains our structure and workings, including all the rules and procedures under which we operate.

It is divided into 16 sections which set out the basic rules governing our business:

  1. The council constitution
  2. Members of the council
  3. Citizens and the council
  4. The full council
  5. Chairing the council
  6. Overview and scrutiny committees
  7. The executive
  8. Regulatory and other committees
  9. The standards committee
  10. Area committees
  11. Joint arrangements
  12. Staff
  13. Decision making
  14. Finance, contracts and legal matters
  15. Review and revision of the constitution
  16. Suspension, interpretation and publication of the constitution.

Viewing the council constitution

You can view the latest version of the council constitution here.

Verification number notice

We have a duty to publish the number that is five per cent of the number of registered voters in North Yorkshire on 15 February 2018. This is to determine the validity of any petition for a referendum on whether the council should change to a different form of governance. The number is for petitions presented after 31 March 2018 and before 1 April 2019. Please  see the full notice for 2018 here (pdf / 64 KB). You can also  see the previous 2017 notice here (pdf / 63 KB).

Officers' code of conduct

 You can view the officers' code of conduct policy here (pdf / 222 KB).