Code of conduct

Read the Members code of conduct and find out how to make a complaint.

All councillors in Surrey Heath are governed by a code of conduct.

The code of conduct is a way of ensuring the business of the Council is undertaken in a professional manner. It clarifies and reinforces the ethical standards in local government. It clearly sets out the councillor's responsibilities as a representative of the residents of Surrey Heath.

Complain about a councillor

If you wish to complain about the conduct of a councillor of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Bisley Parish Council, Chobham Parish Council, West End Parish Council or Windlesham Parish Council

If any person has reason to believe that a Member of the borough council or a parish member has breached the code of conduct they may complain to the Monitoring Officer of Surrey Heath Borough Council. 

Complaints must be about why you believe that a councillor has failed to observe the requirements of the code of conduct.

As required by the Localism Act 2011 the Council has appointed Mr David Ray as the Independent Person to assist it in promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct among its Members.

The views of the Independent Person must be sought before the Council takes a decision on an allegation relating to a Member. The Independent Person's views may also be sought by the Council at any stage of the process in the consideration of a complaint, or by a Member against whom an allegation has been made.

The Standards Hearing and Determination Committee will hear and consider allegations of breaches of the code of conduct by Members of the Council.