Standing as a councillor

If you want to stand as a candidate in a district or parish election, there are certain qualifications that you must meet. You must be 18 years old or over on the day you submit your nomination and either a:

  • UK or Commonwealth citizen
  • citizen of the Irish Republic or member state of the EU

In addition you must also have lived, worked or been registered in the district or parish for the whole of the previous 12 months.

You’re not allowed to stand as a candidate if:

  • you already work for the district or parish council
  • are subject to bankruptcy restrictions
  • have within the last five years been sentenced to a prison term of three months

Official application forms, called nomination papers, will be available from the district council for each election, along with details of the deadline to submit them