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Delegation of powers


The purpose of delegating powers or jurisdiction is to modify the distribution of jurisdiction.­

  • Delegation of powers

    • The delegation of powers i­s granted to a designated authority who then receives a transfer of legal jurisdiction.

  • Delegation of authorithy

    • The delegation of authority is called delegation function  when it concerns local authorities.­

  • Delegation of signature

    • On the other hand, ­delegation of signature does not involve any legal transfer and is considered to be merely a part of the internal organisation of a department. In simple terms, superiors authorise civil servants to sign decisions relating to its own powers (and not delegated by the council).

    • Concerning the choice of proxy, mayors are totally free to appoint the civil servant of their choice from the following five categories to sign on their behalf: Department Managing Director, Deputy Department Managing Director, Technical Department Managing Director, Managing Director or responsible for municipal services.

  • Delegation of roles

    • On the other hand, mayors are restricted in their choice concerning delegating roles.

    • Mayors may only delegate part of their roles to one or more of their deputies or to members of the municipal council if the deputies are absent, prevented from performing such roles or already proxies. Indeed, there is a right of priority of deputies in delegated by the mayor.

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See also


French property market report / N°31


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