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Guidance and Legislation

For an outline of the legislation and proceedings Local Authorities are bound by, please see the General Information Handbook for Members and Officers of Local Authorities. It also sets out details on the functions carried out by the Local Authorities, in addition to providing guidance on the employment of staff, confidentiality and data protection, whistle-blowing and declarations of interest etc. This handbook is available to download in PDF format from this page.

In late 2009, the Local Government Unit issued Corporate Governance Principles and Code of Conduct Guidance to Local Authorities. Whilst this guidance is considered best practice, the implementation of the principles in the document are not mandatory. A copy of the document is available to download in PDF format from this page.

The Office of Fair Trading has produced a short guide providing an overview of how competition law could impact on the delivery of public services, and it is intended to assist those involved with procurement of goods and services to avoid becoming the victim of anti-competitive practises. A copy of the document can be downloaded in PDF format from this page.

Standing Orders

Under Section 27 of the Local Government Act 1985, Local Authorities are required to make standing orders governing their proceedings. Local Authorities are recommended to have at least 6 Standing Orders; covering the management of meetings, tenders, contracts, exclusion of members with specified interests etc. A copy of the Department's Model Standing Orders can be found on this page.


Local Authorities have powers to make byelaws to address various issues within their district. Under the Local Government Act 1985, Authorities can make byelaws which regulate various activities and which are aimed at preventing and suppressing nuisances. Under the Dogs Act, Authorities can make dog control byelaws which can prohibit dogs from certain areas (egg. children's playgrounds) and also specify areas where the keeper of a dog must remove faeces deposited by the dog (eg. pavements, parks and beaches).

In order for any byelaws to be effectively enforced, Local Authorities need to appoint Byelaws Officers to patrol their district and to take action as appropriate (eg. issue cautions, fixed penalty notices, or action through the Courts etc) Document to be transferred from 'Local authorities' page.


Some of the main items of legislation governing the Island’s Local Authorities are as follows:-

(* this Act applies to all Local Authorities apart from Onchan).

There is also legislation in place concerning the production of an annual set of external accounts for audit, in addition to legislation concerning the Local Elections.

Please see the Department's General Information Handbook for Members and Officers of Local Authorities for more comprehensive details of all the Acts and Regulations which impact on the workings of Local Authorities.

Attendance and Travelling Allowances

Attendance allowances and travelling allowances can be claimed by Local Authority Commissioners/Councillors, and further details can be found in the:

To assist with the collection and recording of such claims, a suggested monthly template allowances claim form has been produced and which can be used by the local authorities, should they wish.  

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