Councillors are regulated by our code of conduct, and an ethical framework overseen by the standards committee.

Our statement

North Yorkshire County Council believes in a strong ethical organisational culture.  It aims to promote the highest levels of conduct by its members and officers, to increase public trust in the delivery of its vision and its objectives, by:

  1. maintaining openness and transparency in conducting its business;
  2. being accountable for all it says and does;
  3. ensuring that everyone knows what is expected of them;
  4. offering appropriate training and development programmes; and
  5. promoting the work of its Standards Committee.

Code of conduct and register of members' interests

All elected councillors and voting co-opted members on council committees must comply with the code of conduct for members when they go about their official duties.

The code states that councillors must behave in certain ways, such as not treating others with disrespect. It also sets out the rules about registering and declaring interests. The register of members' interests is published online and is also open to public inspection at County Hall, Northallerton, during office hours.

Complaining about a breach of the code of conduct

Before you submit a complaint, please consider whether or not it is an alleged breach of the code of conduct.

  • If you have a complaint against a councillor which does not involve an alleged breach of the code of conduct, then you should submit your complaint online.
  • Complaints that a member may have breached the code of conduct must be made in writing, using the complaint form below, and sent to:

Barry Khan
Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services) and Monitoring Officer
North Yorkshire County Council
County Hall,
North Yorkshire

Tel: 01609 532173

What happens next?

The monitoring officer will then assess the complaint, in consultation with the independent person for standards, in accordance with agreed local assessment criteria.

The procedure for dealing with standards complaints is set out in the standards arrangements document.

The standards committee

The standards committee, supported by the monitoring officer, assists and advises members and the council on standards issues, monitors the operation of the code of conduct, and, where necessary, determines complaints that members may have breached the code.

The committee has five elected council members. Current membership is set out in the council constitution. Two 'independent persons for standards' are also invited to meetings of the committee and are consulted on all key standards issues.

You can view standards committee agenda, reports and minutes here.

Read the latest standards bulletin.

Recent decision

A Member’s conduct was recently found to have fallen below the standards expected by the County Council and the Monitoring Officer and Independent Person for Standards concluded that the Assessment Record and a formal apology should be published on our website.   Please see a copy of the apology (pdf / 97 KB) (pdf / 97 KB) and   the Assessment Record. (pdf / 215 KB) (pdf / 215 KB)