||The general and special functions of public control are analyzed on the basis of determining its goals and objectives. The general functions include regulatory and enforcement ones. Specific functions encompass stabilizing and informing. The relations between human rights control and legitimacy of the public government are emphasized. The control as one of the legal forms of activity is considered to be carried out on the principles of three groups: the requirements based on the principles of law (fundamental, general, branch principles, etc.); the requirements of public governance (democracy, social orientation, transparency, openness, etc.); the requirements of control activities (impartiality, combination of planning and systematizing, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, etc.). The principles of control are distinguished from its guarantees.