Hartlepool Borough Council's Constitution
The Constitution sets out how the Council operates, how decisions are made, and the procedures that are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.
The Constitution was developed in accordance with the Local Government Act 2000. There are 16 Articles which form the constitution and they set out the basic rules governing the Council's business. The Articles are set out in Part 2 of the Constitution. Only the full Council can change and adopt the Constitution.
The other sections of the Constitution set out the more detailed rules, procedures, codes and protocols that govern the business of the Council. Part 4, for example, sets out the Rules of Procedure adopted by the council for its meetings and decision making procedures.