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Borough Council Elections

Pages in Borough Council Elections

  1. 1. Borough Council Elections
  2. 2. You are here: Becoming a Borough Councillor Candidate
  3. 3. Becoming a Town/Parish Councillor Candidate

2. Becoming a Borough Councillor Candidate

Many people choose to stand in local elections as a representative of a political party, but individuals can stand in their own right as an ‘independent’. Candidates who stand on behalf of a political party will have gone though a formal selection process.

To stand as a councillor you must:

• be aged 18 or over
• live or work in the borough, or own property there

• be nominated and seconded and supported by eight other electors from the ward you want to stand in.
• not work for Reigate & Banstead Borough Council or hold a politically restricted post at another council.
• not be bankrupt or have been sentenced to prison for three months or more in the past five years

For further information see the Being a Councillor page or the Electoral Commission website.


Candidate and Agent information

Briefing sessions

Prospective candidates and election agents are recommended to attend the briefing sessions listed below:

  • Webinar by the Local Government Association, "Local Elections 2021: Standing for election and campaigning in a COVID-19 context" - TBC.

  • County & Borough Candidates and Agents briefing, via webinar - Thursday 4 March 2021, 5:30pm - 7:00pm.

Register for Candidates and Agents Briefing

Supplementary guidance: COVID-19

Guidance and nomination documentation



Electoral Commission guidance for Candidates & Agents
Nomination documents
Briefing documents
  • Election timetable
  • Candidates & Agents Briefing Notes (to be published here in due course)

Councillor Candidate Folder

If you have any queries please contact [email protected].