Standing orders are the written rules of a local council. They are used to confirm the council's internal organisational and administrative procedures and procedural matters for meetings.
Standing orders include many statutory requirements, to which the council, its meetings and its officers are subject. Other standing orders are designed to help the council run effectively.
The PC does not have a constitution and its role is instead defined by legislation. Local councils have a range of duties and discretionary powers that originate from legislation made from 1894 up to the present day.