LCC Constitution

This Constitution explains how decisions at Lancashire County Council are made in an open and democratic way, with scrutiny, accountability and public engagement.

It is effective from 1 April 2024, following a year-long review and approval by Full Council on 14 March 2024. The review of the Constitution was guided by these key principles: Accessibility, Accountability, Accuracy, Clarity, Efficiency and Transparency.

The new Constitution is shorter, easier to read, and easier to navigate, making it easier for councillors, staff and the public to understand and to participate.


1. Introduction

This section provides an explanation of what the Council is and how it works.

2. Public Engagement

This section explains how the public can get involved in Council decision making.

3. Full Council

This section explains how all 84 elected councillors meet to make decisions.

4. Committees

This section sets out the role of the different committees of the Council and how they make decisions.

5. Executive

This section explains the role of the Leader, the Cabinet, and the Cabinet Members.

6. Overview and Scrutiny

This section explains the arrangements the Council has put in place to ensure that decisions are scrutinised.

7. Joint Arrangements

This section sets out the joint arrangements that the Council has made to work in partnership with other councils and bodies.

8. Councillors

This section sets out how councillors work, the payments they receive, and the high standards of conduct expected of them.

9. Officers

This section explains the role of the Council’s staff, which officers take decisions, and high standards of conduct expected of them.

10. Standing Orders

This section sets out the procedural rules which apply to decision making at the Council.

Additional Protocols

These protocols do not form part of the Constitution but should be read in conjunction with the Constitution.

The Constitution

View the Constitution as a full PDF document.