Who can be a Parish Councillor – Eligibility Criteria

Anyone can be elected as a Councillor* if they are:

• A British, Commonwealth, Irish, or European Union citizen
• At least 18 years old
• Either on the list of electors for the parish, or during the whole of the previous twelve months has:
• Occupied land in the parish as an owner or tenant
• Had a principal place of work in the parish
• Resided in, or within three miles, of the parish

*Please be aware a person is however disqualified from being a Councillor if they:

a) hold any paid employment or office in the local authority that they seek election to or

b) are the subject of a ‘bankruptcy restrictions order’ or other interim order or

c) have, within five years before the day of election or since their election, been convicted of
any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment of at least three months
(whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine or

d) has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or responsible for incurring unlawful
expenditure and the court ordered their disqualification.