Record of Delegated Decisions

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014

These Regulations require a decision-making officer to produce a written record of any decision which would otherwise have been taken by the relevant council, or a committee, sub-committee of that council, but it has been delegated to an officer and the effect of the decision is to -

(i) grant a permission or licence;
(ii) affect the rights of an individual; or
(iii) award a contract or incur expenditure which, in either case, materially affects the council’s financial position.

Examples of Decisions to be recorded

  • To award or renew a lease; 
  • To refuse a request for access to information; 
  • To award a contract or incur expenditure above £50,000; 
  • To withdraw or refuse any council service, e.g. terminating an allotment agreement.

Examples of Decisions not to be recorded

  • Routine administrative and organisational decisions; 
  • To sign an allotment tenancy agreement; 
  • To allocate burial plots; 
  • To book sports pitches; 
  • To approve works undertaken by a contractor; 
  • Any written decision that is already recorded by a written record and produced by virtue of other legislation; 
  • Any decision that would be exempt or confidential.