How the council works

Becoming a councillor

We want people from all walks of life to represent local communities.  You can stand for election to become a councillor as long as you are:

  • British, a commonwealth citizen or citizen of any EU member state
  • Over 18 years old

You must also meet one of the following:

  • Be registered to vote in the council area
  • Have lived in the council area for the last 12 months
  • Have had your main job in the council area for the last 12 months
  • Have ownership or tenancy of property in the council area for the last 12 months

You can’t be a councillor if you hold a politically restricted post for a council authority, or have been in prison, or declared bankrupt.

How to become a councillor

Guidance for our councillors

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