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Find out what you need to do to become a councillor. A councillor may represent your local community on a parish, town, or on this unitary authority.
We provide information on the process of electoral nominations for all types of elections. We also publish a list of candidates for an election.
Council and parish elections take place every four years. This is when all seats are open for election. The next parish elections are scheduled for May 2023.
Vacancies can also occur mid-term for other reasons. If this happens, a by-election takes place. All elections are publicised. You do not need any formal qualifications to be a councillor. As long as you meet the legal requirements, you can stand.
and meet at least one of the following four criteria:
Some candidates stand for a political party, but many candidates at parish council elections stand in their own right.
Each candidate for a district election must be proposed and seconded by registered electors from the electoral area they wish to stand in and have an additional eight assenters. Nomination packs contain full information of all the requirements.
You need to meet the age and residency requirements and the criteria set out above. Then you need to complete the nomination papers.
Nomination papers - Local Government Elections England from the Electoral Commission website.
You must make an appointment to deliver your nomination paper.
New regulations mean the number of subscribers for these elections has been reduced. Candidates standing for a political party need to ensure that they have a certificate of authorisation to use an emblem or an official description. Your agent can help you with this.
You can obtain all of the nomination papers, appointment forms and request for register of electors by email from the elections office on the contact details below.
To find out more about being a councillor and about local councils, see the links below:
Be a Councillor on Local Government Association.
Become a Councillor on GOV.UK.
Candidates and agents at local elections in England on the Electoral Commission.
Cumbria Association of Local Councils.
The National Association of Local Councils.