To stand for election to a local council you must:
- Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be an elector of the local council, or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant) or work in the area local council serves (as your principal or only place of work), or live within three miles of the local council boundary.
- Local councils welcome and are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.
The Good Councillor's Guide - A publication from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) on an introduction to Local Councils and the work carried out by Parish Councillors