Rossendale Borough Council

Council Constitution


The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.

The Constitution is divided into various articles which set out the basic rules governing the Council's business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document.


What is in the Constitution?

Contents Page

Part 1 - Summary and Explanation

Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution

  • Article 1 - The Constitution
  • Article 2 - Members of the Council
  • Article 3 - Citizens and the Council
  • Article 4 - The Full Council 
  • Article 5 - Chairing the Council 
  • Article 6 - The Cabinet
  • Article 7 - Overview and Scrutiny Committees 
  • Article 8 - Regulatory Committees, Neighbourhood Forums and Audit & Accounts Committee
  • Article 9 - The Standards Panel and Appointment & Appeals Committee
  • Article 10 - Joint Arrangements 
  • Article 11 - Officers
  • Article 12 - Decision Making
  • Article 13 - Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters
  • Article 14 - Suspension, Interpretation and Publication of the Constitution
  • Schedule 1 Description of Cabinet Arrangements

Part 3 Responsibility for Functions

  • Terms of Reference of the Committees
  • Terms of Reference of the Council
  • Terms of Reference of the Cabinet
  • Terms of Reference of the Overview & Scrutiny Committees
  • Terms of Reference of the Development Control Committee 
  • Terms of Reference of the Licensing Committee
  • Terms of Reference of the Standards Panel
  • Terms of Reference of the Appointment & Appeals Committee
  • Terms of Reference of the Audit & Accounts Committee 
  • Terms of Reference of the Governance and Training Working Group
  • Terms of Reference of the Grants Advisory Working Group  
  • Terms of Reference of the Civic Matters Working Group
  • Terms of Reference of the Neighbourhood Forums
  • Officer Delegation Scheme 
  • Part 1 Guidance for Officers
  • Part 2 General Delegations to Officers
  • Part 3 Delegations to Specific Officers
  • Part 4 Proper Officers
  • Appendix 1 Legislation
  • Committee Delegations
  • Officer Delegation Scheme - Record of Decision Form


Part 4 Rules of Procedure

  • Council Procedure Rules
  • Cabinet Procedure Rules
  • Committee Procedure Rules 
  • Financial Procedure Rules
  • Contract Procedure Rules
  • Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rules
  • Overview and Scrutiny Procedure Rules 
  • Access to Information Procedure Rules
  • Standards Panel Procedure Rules
  • Employment Procedure Rules
  • Appendix 1 - Appointment of Head of Paid Service / Directors & Heads of Service Officers
  • Appendix 2 - Dismissal of Head of Paid Service / Chief Officers and Officers Paid on Chief Officer Grades
  • Planning Call-In Procedure
  • Licensing Act 2003 Hearings Procedure


Part 5 Codes and Protocols

  • Code of Conduct for Members
  • Code of Conduct for Employees 
  • Members Planning Code of Good Practice 
  • Protocol on Member/Officer Relations
  • Monitoring Officer Protocol
  • Chief Financial Officer Protocol
  • Confidential Information Protocol
  • Protocol - Standards


Part 6 Members' Allowances Scheme

Part 7 Management Structure

  •  Glossary

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