Code of Conduct for members

Within two months of being elected as a councillor, or appointed as a co-opted member, individuals must sign a Declaration of Acceptance of Office before performing their role as a councillor.

Failure to sign the declaration

Failure to sign the declaration means that the councillor cannot take up office or attend meetings in the capacity as a member or co-opted member.

Members of more than one authority:

  • you must abide by the Code of Conduct that applies to the authority whose business you are carrying out at the time
  • eg if you are a parish councillor and also a borough councillor, you will be bound by the parish council’s Code of Conduct when carrying out the parish council business

Breaching the code of conduct

If a councillor is alleged to have breached the Code of Conduct the matter will be referred to the council’s Monitoring Officer who after consulting with an independent person will determine what action, if any, needs taking in relation to the complaint. 


Code of Conduct:

Code of Conduct for Members
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Some parish councils have adopted this council’s code as their own Code of Conduct, whilst others have adopted a model code produced by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC). 

The Model Code issued by NALC:

NALC template code of conduct for Parish Council's
Download (85KB)

Town and Parish Councils:

Please contact the parish clerk for that particular town or parish council for a copy of their Code of Conduct. Contact details can be found on the:

More information:

Last updated: 06 January 2021 10:27:17