This year district council elections will be held across the borough on the 3 May 2018. Here, you can find more information regarding standing as a district councillor for your local council.

Becoming a councillor is a great way to represent and make positive changes to your local community.

You can either stand as an independent, or as a representative of a political party. If you want to represent a party, you will first need to join one and ask them to select you as their candidate for your area. In order to stand as a candidate at district level you must meet certain qualifications.

The qualifications for standing as a candidate in a local government elections are as follows:

  • a person must not be disqualified from holding office
  • must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the republic of Ireland or of the European Union
  • be 18 years of age

They must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • be a local government elector for the area
  • occupied land or property in the area for the last 12 months
  • worked in the area for the last year
  • resided in the area for the whole of the last 12 months

In order to stand a candidate must submit to the returning officer a nomination paper signed by 10 local government electors for the area by a statutory deadline.

The electoral services department at Harrogate Borough Council will be holding a briefing session for anybody who would like to stand as a district councillor in the upcoming election due to be held on the 3 May. If you would like to attend the session below please email elect@harrogate.gov.uk to confirm your attendance. The session will be held at the Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE

Briefing and nominations workshop session for district council elections - 1 March 2018 at 6pm until 8pm.

Please see the election timetable that outlines the statutory deadlines

Electoral enquiries

Page last updated 06/02/2018