How the council works

Council constitution and delegations

The constitution sets out how the council works and make decisions.

It's the most important council document and ensures good governance by elected councillors and officers and, importantly, safeguards the democratic rights of Hillingdon residents.

It ensures there is consistency and compliance in everything we do, from how we spend money, to contracts and standards in public office. The constitution is owned by all 65 councillors and it is reviewed regularly. It provides for significant delegated authority to the cabinet, individual cabinet members and the leader of the council, enabling our decision-making processes to be very responsive to delivering services that meet residents' needs and aspirations. 

The constitution is divided into 7 sections within which are 16 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, including our petition scheme.

Read the Hillingdon Council Constitution [2MB]  

This document has been made in accordance with government legislation, meaning it can be quite complex in places. To help, you may find it useful to  read through a glossary of terms used [19KB] .

The Cabinet's Scheme of Delegations [536KB]

This part of the constitution (Article 7) sets out the powers of the Cabinet and Cabinet Members, which may be amended by the Leader of the Council. This will be updated whenever such amendments are made. This document supersedes Article 7 in the whole version of the Constitution above.

Planning and HS2 delegations [165KB]

This document was updated in 2017 to include items in relation to High Speed 2 matters.

Page last updated: 03 Aug 2020