Councillor code of conduct


The Councillor’s (or members) code of conduct aims to promote high standards of behaviour.

It also applies to co-opted members.

County councillors must comply with the Code when they:

  • act in the capacity of a member of the authority
  • conduct the business of the authority 
  • represent the authority on any other body, except if it’s another relevant authority, when they will follow that authorities’ code of conduct.  

Councillors must behave in a way that follows the 7 Principles of public service:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

The Members' Code of Conduct is Part 5a of our Constitution


They must also declare and register any personal and business interests.


If you would like to make a complaint about the conduct of a councillor, you will need to read the guidance before doing so and you will need to make reference to the Members' Code of Conduct above:

We can only accept complaints in writing so please use the online councillor complaint form or write to the address below.

Further reading