The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 (no 5 of 2015) (the Act) was signed into law in March 2015, and commenced on 1 September 2015.
Local Authority Members are Designated Public Officials (see page 3 for an explanation of who these are). Local Authority Members are not required to register or submit a return when lobbied. Their interactions when lobbied must be reported by the lobbyists in accordance with the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. These guidelines have been drafted to ensure that Local Authority Members understand how the system works, how they fit in to it and their part in supporting the effective implementation of the legislation.