Reviews of polling districts, polling places and polling stations

Timing and length of compulsory polling place review

The timing of compulsory reviews of UK Parliamentary polling districts and polling places is set by legislation.1 Compulsory reviews must be started and completed within the period of 16 months that starts on 1 October of every fifth year after 1 October 2013.

Schedule of forthcoming compulsory reviews: 

Start On Complete By
1 October 2023 31 January 2025
1 October 2028 31 January 2030
1 October 2033 31 January 2035

A review is all the steps set out in Schedule A1 to the Representation of the People Act 1983 (RPA 1983). The review process, from the publication of the notice of the review until the publication of the documents at the end, must take place within the specified period.  

How long should the review process be?

The length of the review process is not prescribed, provided all the steps required by the legislation can be undertaken within it. However, the time allowed for consultation should be sufficient to enable interested persons and groups to read and understand the proposals, gather comments and respond with any alternative arrangements that they may wish to submit. The local authority may wish to have regard to any council guidelines on public consultation when carrying out the review.

Last updated: 12 July 2023