Council's constitution

Newark and Sherwood has a constitution which sets out how we operate, how decisions are made and the procedures we follow to ensure we are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. Some of these processes are required by law, while others are chosen and set by the Council.

The constitution is divided into six parts. ‌The constitution is such a large document, we’ve divided it into a number of smaller parts to reduce download time.

Part 1 - Summary & explanation (PDF File, 125kb) - giving an overall view of the constitution and how the council operates.

Part 2 - Responsibility for functions (PDF File, 437kb) - setting out the way in which functions have been allocated and who within the council has responsibility ie whether a specific function has been allocated to the council, the operational committees, a regulatory committee or an officer to perform.

Part 3 - Rules of procedure (PDF File, 818kb) - detailing the rules of all functions carried out by the council and its committees, including rules on debate in meetings, access to documents and the financial regulations of the authority.

Part 4 - Codes and protocols (PDF File, 724kb)- setting codes and protocols for members and officers. It includes members and officers’ codes of conduct, member/officer relations, protocol for members on hospitality and gifts, protocol for members on dealing with planning matters and a whistle blowing policy.

Part 5 - Members allowance scheme (PDF File, 88kb) - providing details of what members are entitled to receive and what expenses they can claim.

Part 6 - Management structure (PDF File, 86kb) - chart outlining the management structure within the council.

Part 7 - Index (PDF File, 153kb) - details of contents of each page within the document.