Farnham Town Council operates with powers and duties set out by legislation. The Council has also adopted the ‘power of general competence’, which means that it can do anything (unless restricted by other legislation) that a normal person can do.

Publication of information

The Town Council publishes as much information as it can, including financial policies and procedures such as:

Contact the Town Clerk if there is any further information you feel should be available.

Financial regulations

By law, Farnham Town Council is responsible for making sure that its financial management is adequate and effective and that a strong system of financial control is in place.

This information is published in the town council’s financial regulations. The regulations include arrangements for the:

  • management of risk, and
  • prevention and detection of fraud and corruption.

The financial management of the Council is reviewed by an independent internal auditor, Mr Paul Hartley (2014-17) and examined by our external auditor BDO LLP. Their address is:

Arcadia House

Ocean Village


SO14 3TL

Responsible financial officer

The Town Clerk is the responsible financial officer. The clerk administers Farnham Town Council’s financial affairs in line with the correct practices, keeps records of accounting practices and makes sure records are maintained and up-to-date.

Standing orders

Farnham Town Council is governed by a set of rules and laws called standing orders. The standing orders set out the way Farnham Town Council should conduct its business.

The standing orders include rules ranging from how to manage and conduct a meeting, to the way in which a council should deal with complaints.

Annual report

An annual report is published once a year. It reports on Farnham Town Council’s activities and achievements over the previous year.

Freedom of information requests (FOI)

Freedom of information requests can be made to any publicly funded body. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  gives you the right to ask for any recorded information we hold on any subject.

We post our responses to Freedom of Information requests online.

Requests for information should be addressed to the Town Clerk using the contact details at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can make an FOI request to any public body via the website what do they know.

The Annual Audit

An audit of the Council’s accounts for the previous year is carried out by the external auditor following approval of the accounts at the June Council meeting. See further details about the right to inspect  in relation to the audit. The audited accounts will be published by 30 September along with any issues raised by the external auditor. The Annual Governance statement is published as page 2 of the Annual Return and was approved by Council at its June meeting.


You can see our Certificate of Employer’s Liability Insurance 2017/18 and Certificate of Public Liability Insurance 2017/18.

Farnham Town Council’s insurer is:

Zurich Municipal

Zurich Town and Parish Team

PO Box 726


PO19 9PS

Telephone: 0800 778 552

email: enquiries@zurichtownandparish.co.uk

Farnham Town Council’s Environmental Policy Statement

Environmental Policy Statement