Guidance for Candidates at Parish council elections in England

Consent to nomination 

You must formally consent to your nomination in writing.1

The content of the consent to nomination form is fixed by law and the entire form must be returned in order for your nomination to be valid.

There are different nomination papers for elections held on 2 May 2024 and for those held on or after 7 May 2024. Please make sure you use the correct version, depending on when the poll will be held. Using the wrong nominations pack may cause your nomination to be rejected.

On the form you will be asked to state that you are qualified and not disqualified from standing.
You must meet at least one of the qualifications to stand for election. On the consent to nomination form you should state as many of the qualifications as apply.

You must also state your date of birth.

You are not allowed to sign the consent form earlier than one calendar month before the deadline for submitting your nomination papers.2

Your signature must be witnessed; and the witness must attest the form.3

The witness’s full name and home address in full must be provided on the home address form.

There are no restrictions on who can be a witness to the consent to nomination.4

Last updated: 28 March 2024