How to become a Councillor
How to become a Parish / Town Councillor
To become a parish / town councillor for your area you will have to stand as a candidate at the parish/town elections. These are usually held in May every 4 years.
If you are interested in taking a key role in the life of your community but aren’t sure just what it involves visit National Association of Local Councils: Become a councillor|.
To qualify as a candidate for elections to a parish / town council a person must be at least 18 years old on the day of nomination and must be either
- a British citizen, or
- a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or
- a Commonwealth citizen, or
- a citizen of another member state of the European Union.
A prospective candidate must meet 1 of 4 qualifications:
- Registered elector for the area of Town or Parish or
For the whole of the previous 12 months have:
- lived in or within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of that area, or
- occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or premises in that area, or
- for that 12 months have had their principal or only place of work in that area.
There is a range of disqualifications which can prevent a person from standing as candidate at a parish/town election. Further details of such disqualifications are shown on the nomination forms.
Any person wishing to stand as a candidate will need to complete the following paperwork:
- Nomination Paper
- Consent to Nomination.
If you are a candidate for a registered political party you will also need to submit:
- Certificate of Authorisation
- Request to use the Party Emblem.
If you wish to receive a set of nomination papers then please contact the Electoral Services Unit on 01422 393103 and set of papers will be sent to you.
After the election you will be required to submit to the Returning Officer -
- A return showing your election expenses
- A declaration as to your election expenses.
The return and declaration must be submitted within 28 days from the declaration of the result of poll.
By law, the Returning Officer must make the return and declaration available for public inspection for a period of 2 years from the date of submission.