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Officer delegated decisions

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations came into force on the 5 August 2014. The Regulations require officers to produce written records of decisions which they make.

The principal provisions relating to the recording of decisions by officers are:

A decision-making officer must produce a written record of any decision which falls within what is paragraph 7(2) of the Regulations. Paragraph 7(2) provides a decision which falls within this paragraph if it would otherwise have been taken by the relevant local government body or committee, but it has been delegated to an officer of that body either:

  • under a specific express authorisation; or
  • under a general authorisation to officers to take such decisions and the effect of the decision is to:
    • grant a permission or licence;
    • affect the rights of an individual; or
    • award a contract or incur expenditure which materially affects our financial position.

We have identified the express delegations to all officers. The express delegations are included in our Constitution, Part 1 to Part 3 (PDF: 870 Kb/109 pages), under Part 3, Schedule 1, Delegation of Council Functions to Council Officers. The delegations are to:

  • Chief Executive
  • Deputy Chief Executive
  • Director of Finance
  • Assistant Director Technical Services
  • Assistant Director Environmental Services

All decisions made by one of the officers above are recorded in the Register of Officer Delegated Decisions.

Decisions by officers are made in accordance with any applicable policy and strategy requirements.