Civic Protocol

We have produced a Civic Guide to help the Town Mayor, Deputy Mayor, their escorts/consorts and Councillors to understand the civic roles and responsibilities of the Mayoralty and provide useful information, which may be of assistance when undertaking a civic role. Date Adopted: 29.10.2014. A copy of this document is also available in large print please contact the office if this is required.

The Mayor of Dover serves, represents and leads the community of the Town.  The first Mayor of Dover took office in 1086, over 1000 years ago and is a position of honour and respect within the Town. The role of the Town Council and the Mayoralty is constantly evolving and changing. Over recent years there has been increased public scrutiny of the Mayoral role and assessment of its benefits and costs to the Town and people of Dover. The Town Council is committed to being fully transparent and accountable.

Download our Civic Guide.

Our Civic Guide covers the following topics:

  1. The Role of Mayor
    • Background
    • Ambition Plan
    • The Role of Mayor as the Chairman of the Council
    • The Civic Role of the Mayor
  2. Invitations and Events
  3. Mayoress and Consort
  4. Mayor’s Chaplain
  5. Mayor’s Cadet
  6. Civic Regalia
  7. Support for the Mayor
  8. Mayor’s charitable activities
  9. Mayor’s expenses of office
  10. Deputy Mayor
  11. Precedence and protocol
  12. Gifts
  13. Mayor’s end of year
  14. Council delegations

We also have an excellent booklet designed for children, especially useful if you’re visiting Maison Dieu House. Download our Civic Booklet.