Guidance for Candidates at Parish council elections in England

Nominations

The following sections provide guidance on standing as a candidate at a parish council election in England.

The guidance covers:

  • The nomination process, including what forms you need to complete
  • When and how you need to submit your nomination papers
  • What happens after you submit your nomination papers

There are specific rules that candidates need to follow, depending on whether they are standing as a political party candidate or standing as an independent candidate.  These differences will be clearly highlighted throughout the guidance.

Guidance on standing for other elections can be found on our website.  
 

Last updated: 1 December 2023