Elections dates

    Local elections (Plymouth City Council)

    Local elections are held on the first Thursday of May every four years. Plymouth holds elections by thirds, meaning a third of seats are contested each year for three years, followed by a year when no elections are held.

    • Next election: Thursday 6 May 2021 (subject to confirmation)
    • Last election: Thursday 2 May 2019

    In a local election you're voting to elect Plymouth councillors who will represent your views for the ward (area) you live in.

    Police and Crime Commissioners elections

    Police and Crime Commissioners elections are held every four years.

    • Next election: Thursday 6 May 2021 (subject to confirmation)
    • Last election: Thursday 5 May 2016

    In a Police and Crime Commissioners election you're voting for a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. They're responsible for holding the Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable to account and:

    • producing a police and crime plan which sets out local priorities
    • setting the local policing budget and decide how money will be spent
    • appointing and removing Chief Constables

    European Parliamentary elections

    European Parliamentary elections are held every five years.

    In a European Parliamentary election, you're voting for somebody to represent you in the European Parliament as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP).

    National Referendums

    In a referendum you're voting on a single question.

    Neighbourhood Planning Referendum

    In a Neighbourhood Planning Referendum you will be asked to vote on the implementation of a Neighbourhood Plan proposed to the council.

    UK Parliament (general) elections

    UK Parliament (general) elections are usually held on the first Thursday in May every five years.

    • Next election: Thursday 12 December 2024
    • Last election: Thursday 12 December 2019

    In a UK Parliament (general) election you're voting for somebody to represent you in Parliament, as a Member of Parliament (MP), in a parliamentary constituency.

    Business Improvement District (BID) Ballot