Where responsibilities reside within a council is determined by the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) Regulations, introduced in 2000.
Certain council functions are not allowed to be the responsibility of an authority’s executive.
These tend to include quasi-judicial decisions such as:
- Determining applications for planning permission
- Determining applications for listed building or conservation area consent
- Issuing licences for caravan sites, bookmakers, cinemas, theatre, sex shops, etc
- Any function relating to local government pensions.
In addition, chief executive and senior officer appointments are usually taken by cross-party committees.
Elsewhere, different councils divide their responsibilities in different ways. But in general, the executive will decide upon the formulation of the general policy direction and any function not specifically prohibited from being taken by the executive.
The chief executive will deal with the appointment and discipline of staff below chief officer level.