‘Standing Orders’ is a term to describe the written rules of a local council.
They are used to confirm a council’s internal organisation and administrative procedures, procurement and procedural matters for meetings.
They are not the same as the ‘policies’ of the council but they may refer to them.
They stipulate, for example, how often the Council will meet, how meetings will be run and by whom, and the order of business.
The Standing Orders also state how resolutions will be moved, how questions can be taken from the public, and the rules of debate.