Become a councillor

If you decide you want to be a councillor, you need to put yourself forward as a candidate to either represent a political party or stand as an independent person.

You can become a councillor if you're:

  • at least 18 years old
  • British, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union
  • registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election

You can't become a councillor if you:

  • work for a council in a politically restricted post
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy, restrictions order or interim order
  • have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences, during the five years before election day)
  • have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court

As a councillor you'll:

  • represent the interests of the constituents of the ward, dealing with their enquiries equally and without prejudice
  • liaise with other organisations and services to develop the quality of life and community well-being within the city
  • contribute to good governance through our decision making process
  • take into account the views of local people and to actively encourage community involvement in our decision making process
  • explain the reasons of how and why we make decisions

For more information on becoming a councillor, visit the Local Government Association website.