Elections for parish councils take place every four years, but they are not always contested. You can find out more about what parish councils do.
To stand for parish council elections you must be 18 years old on the day of nomination and either a:
- British citizen
- citizen of the Republic of Ireland
- citizen of a Commonwealth country who has permission to stay long-term in the UK
- citizen of a country in the European Union
You must also have either:
- registered as a local government elector within the parish or parish ward area
- rented or owned land in the parish or parish ward for 12 months before your nomination
- had your main employment within the parish or parish ward area for 12 months before your nomination
- lived in the parish or within three miles of it for the 12 months before your nomination
You must also have the support of at least two electors for the parish or parish ward in which you are going to stand.