Code of Conduct for Councillors

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. On 21st May 2021, City of Doncaster Council adopted the new Local Government Association Model Code of Conduct. All Councillors automatically sign up to abide by this Code upon being elected. A copy of the Code can be viewed under the 'Downloads and Resources' section on this page.

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 City of Doncaster 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:

Most parish councils have adopted the Local Government Association's Model Code of Conduct (as adopted by City of Doncaster Council), whilst others are using a model code previously produced by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).  The respective Codes can be viewed under the 'Downloads and Resources' section on this page.

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

More information:

Last updated: 18 March 2024 08:50:59

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