Ryedale District Council


It is a legal requirement for a public sector organisation such as Ryedale District Council to have a constitution which sets out how the organisation will operate and the procedures that are followed to ensure that decision making is efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

The Constitution of Ryedale District Council 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 law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.
The Constitution (PDF, 319 pages, 2242kb) is divided into 15 Articles, which set out the basic rules governing the Council’s business. More detailed procedures and codes of practice are provided in separate rules and protocols at the end of the document. For instance, the Council’s Standing Orders are included in Part 4: Rules of Procedure
What is in the Constitution?
Article 1 of the Constitution commits the Council to explain the rights of citizens and how the key parts of the Council operate. These are:
  • Members of the Council (Article 2)
  • Citizens and the Council (Article 3)
  • The Full Council (Article 4)
  • Chairing the Council (Article 5)
  • Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Article 6)
  • The Policy and Resources Committee, the Licensing Committee and the Area Planning (Regulatory) Committees (Article 7)
  • The Overview and Scrutiny Committee acting as a Corporate Governance Standards Committee (Article 8)
  • Area Committees and Forums (Article 9)
  • Joint arrangements (Article 10)
  • Officers (Article 11)
  • Decision making (Article 12)
  • Finance, contracts and legal matters (Article 13)
  • Review and revision of the Constitution (Article 14)
  • Suspension, interpretation and publication of the Constitution (Article 15)


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Ryedale District Council
Ryedale House, Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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