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Code of conduct overview

Code of conduct for councillors

We have a duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by councillors. The Code of Conduct sets out the standards that members are expected to observe.

Individual members must to comply with the Code of Conduct and any other legal obligations which may apply to them from time to time. Action can be taken against them if they don't.

The Code of Conduct is consistent with the seven general principles of conduct:

  • selflessness
  • integrity
  • objectivity
  • accountability
  • openness
  • honesty
  • leadership

The Code of Conduct provides details of the types of financial or other interests that they may need to declare. The Code of Conduct also includes details of how to register these interests.

Code of Conduct for Members and Co-Opted Members (Part 5 of our Constitution)

Protocol on Member and employee relations (Part 5 of our Constitution)

Guidance on gifts and hospitality (PDF/32KB/5pages)

A breach of the code may lead to a complaint being made under our standards arrangements.

Guide for councillors on openness and transparency on personal interests

Register of members' interests

We keep a register of the interests declared by members and co-optees. Councillors have to keep this up-to-date and declare any changes.

The individual registers are published online. You can find these by visiting the relevant councillor at Your Councillors. The registers are also available at South Lakeland House.

Registration forms for councillors

Declaration of Interests form for Members and Co-optees (PDF/109KB/8 pages)

Addendum: gifts and hospitality (PDF/85KB/1 page)

Addendum: other registrable interest (PDF/92KB/2 pages)


In some circumstances, a councillor or co-optee is allowed to take part in council business even if they have a financial interest in it.

Register of dispensations


Complaints will be considered by the Standards Committee.

You can also contact Committee Services.