How to become a District Councillor

If you're interested in becoming a Councillor for Broadland and standing at the next elections on 2 May 2019 you don't need to have any previous experience but you do need to:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • be a citizen of either the UK, Commonwealth, Irish Republic or EU member state
  • be on Broadland's electoral register or have property, lived or worked in the district for the last twelve months
When you can't stand for election
  • if you have been declared bankrupt or subject to an interim order
  • if you already work for Broadland Council
  • if you have a criminal conviction involving a prison sentence of three months or more (including a suspended sentence) in the last five years
  • if you are disqualified from holding office by order of the court
Standing for a political party or as an independent candidate

If you are thinking of standing for a political party, you will need to get in touch with that party's local organisation. You don't have to join a political group, you can stand as an independent candidate.

What to expect
  • it would be helpful if you have an understanding of how the council works, but successful candidates will be given training
  • you will receive post, emails and telephone calls
  • to work a few hours each week and sometimes a few hours a day
  • to read committee and other papers
  • to attend and partake in council committees and meetings
  • Councillors do not receive a salary, but do receive a Member's Allowance in respect of their time and expenses incurred while on council business

For guidance on nominations and relevant forms please visit the Electoral Commission.

You can read further information about Councillors and you may find the Be a Councillor website useful. You can also contact us using the details below.