Affiliated to the National Association of Local Councils
26 January 2010
STANDING ORDERS FOR LOCAL COUNCILS
NALC has published the first edition of Standing Orders for Local Councils. The
publication replaces NALC’s Standing Orders and Chairmanship of 2003.
The new publication is in two parts and provides parish councils with full guidance on matters
of law, procedure and governance for local councils. There is a useful set of model standing
orders, which include mandatory statutory requirements and will help councils to be more
organised and effective.
PART ONE includes: PART TWO includes:
1. the constitution of local councils Model standing orders which regulate:
2. the legal framework of local councils rules of debate at a meeting
3. the doctrine of ultra vires tabling a matter for debate at meetings
4. delegation arrangements maintaining order at meetings
5. local council employees public participation at meetings
6. engaging with the public management of staff
7. effective governance dealing with complaints and request for
8. council meetings information
9. procedure and mechanics of debate relations with press & media
10. chairing meetings responsibilities of the proper officer(s)
Part Two (Model Standing Orders) is being offered free of charge to all members as an
electronic copy. It is available to download from HALC’s website, under the Developing your
A printed copy of both parts is intended to give good value for money to member councils
with 100 plus pages, a design-friendly nature, comprehensive content and the plain English
that it is written in. It costs £25 to HALC members.
Please contact the HALC office to place your order for a hard copy of NALC’s Standing
Orders for Local Councils.