Borough Council Elections

4. Becoming a Borough Councillor Candidate

Briefing sessions

Prospective candidates and election agents are recommended to attend the Borough Candidates and Agents briefing, via webinar on Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 6.30pm.

For further information or to request an invitation, please email

Standing for election

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.

Guidance and nomination documentation



Electoral Commission guidance for Candidates & Agents
Nomination documents
Briefing documents
Spending and donations