Registering and maintaining a party

Registering and maintaining a party

We regulate the finances of political parties and maintain the registers of political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Party registration applications ahead of the of the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election

The deadline for delivering nomination papers for the 2019 UK Parliamentary general election, which was 14 November 2019, has now passed. Therefore, it is now not possible to grant any applications register a new political party, amend a party name, amend or add an emblem, or to add a description for use on the ballot paper at the election.

You may still apply to register a new party, or amend the existing details of a registered party, ahead of a future poll. You can find information about how to do so on this page. 

Standing as an independent candidate

Application to substitute or remove a description

If we decide to grant an application to substitute or remove a description, and that decision is taken between:

  •  the date of publication of the notice of election (including that date); and
  •  polling day

then the change does not take effect until the day following the poll.

Please note that the notice of election will have been published before 11 November 2019 at the latest.

What type of party do you want to register?

We register two types of party: a registered political party and a minor party.

Registering a political party

A registered political party can apply to be registered on the Great Britain (GB) register, the Northern Ireland (NI) register, or both registers. Parties on the GB register also select which parts of GB they want to be registered in. Parties can choose a combination of England, Scotland and Wales.

Registering a minor party

A minor party is registered on the Great Britain register, but it can only contest parish council elections in England and community council elections in Wales. If you set up a minor party you will not have to submit as much information to us when applying to register, or be subject to the same degree of financial controls, compared to a registered political party.

Applying to register online

You can use our PEF Online services to do everything from registering your party, submitting your statutory returns to telling us you want to de-register your party. You will need to register as an online user and you can do this by emailing, calling our new number 0333 103 1928 or our old number 020 7271 0616 or by using the PEF online guide.


Registering a political party

This part covers:

  • an introduction to your responsibilities
  • maintaining your party's details
  • donations and loans responsibilities
  • annual accounting responsibilities
  • campaign spending responsibilities

Party names, descriptions and emblems

This part covers:

  • introduction to identity marks
  • how identity marks are used
  • where identity marks are recorded
Situations and procedures

Process for registering a political party

This part covers:

  • registering a party
  • responsibilities and obligations
  • application process
Situation and procedures

PEF Online: getting started

This part covers:

  • benefits of using PEF Online
  • registering to use PEF online
  • managing your PEF Online account