Legal Requirements to be a Councillor
To be able to stand as a candidate, on the day of nomination and on the day of election you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a British, qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or national of an EU member state
In addition, you must meet at least one of the following qualifications:
- Registered local government elector for local authority area
- Occupied as owner or tenant any land or premises in the local authority area during the whole 12 months preceding nomination
- Principal or only place of work (including unpaid) during last 12 months in local authority area
- Lived in the local authority area during the last 12 months
There are certain people who are disqualified from standing as a Councillor. A person cannot be a candidate if they:
- Are employed by the local authority or hold a paid office under the authority (including joint boards or committees). Candidates may be ‘employed by the local authority’ if they work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services
- Are subject of a Bankruptcy Restrictions Order (or interim restrictions order) in England or Wales
- Have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (inc. suspended sentence) without option of a fine, during the 5 years before polling day
- Are serving a disqualification due to being found guilty of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court
- Hold a politically restricted post
This is not an exhaustive list, and further information on disqualifications can be found on the Electoral Commission's website by clicking here.
If you wish to stand as a candidate you must complete nomination papers and submit them by 4pm on 4th April 2023.
Nomination Papers can be access on the Electoral Commission's website by clicking here. Or can be downloaded by clicking below
Click here to download Nomination Papers
Further information on standing as either an independent or party candidate, spending and donations, campaigning and other topics can be found on the Electoral Commission's website by clicking here.
Tel: 0115 876 4111
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