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The Dartford Borough Council's 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 16 Articles and eight parts which set out how the Council operates, how decisions are made and the procedures to be followed (see below) to ensure transparency and accountability to local people.

PART 1 - Summary and Explanation

PART 2  - Articles of the Constitution

Policy and Budget Frameworks - List of Documents

PART 3 - Committees, Delegations, Committee Procedures/Protocols

PART 4 - Standing Orders, Financial Regulations

PART 5 - Member Code of Conduct, Arrangements (for dealing with alleged Code breaches), Member Protocols etc

PART 6 - Employees, Management/Staffing Structure, Joint Working/Partnerships

PART 7 - Members' Allowances, Indemnities

PART 8 - Probity, Propriety

PART 9 - Other

Petitions Procedure

(Minimum fifteen (15) valid qualifying signatures) - Petitions which are referred to an Officer for action/decision under delegated authority or to the Cabinet, relevant Committee, Board etc. Petitions exclude support for or opposition to planning and licensing applications

Member Code of Conduct and Interests' Registers

On 16 July 2012, Dartford Borough Council adopted a Code of Conduct which describes how Councillors and [voting] Co-opted Members on committees of the Council should conduct themselves. Parish/Town Councils in the Borough of Dartford must also adopt a code of conduct.

Aldermen/Alderwomen and Freemen/Freewomen of the Borough of Dartford

Please address any enquiries relating to items on this page to:

Head of Legal Services & Monitoring Officer
Dartford Borough Council
Civic Centre
Home Gardens
Kent DA1 1DR

DX 142726 DARTFORD 7

Tel: 01322 343434
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