The elections are taking place on Thursday 2 May 2019. Becoming a councillor could be the role for anyone who is passionate about the area they live in and wants to help resolve the issues facing their local community.

"Becoming a councillor is a great way to represent and give back to your local community. Councillors make hundreds of important decisions on how local council services are run every year," says Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive Officer and Returning Officer at Chichester District Council.

"It isn't a 9am to 5pm job. It is mostly flexible and can fit around any other commitments you have - from full-time work, to caring for young children - and allows you to make a valuable contribution to your community. But it does require passion, commitment and a willingness to want to help people."

Councillors don't have to be members of a political party, they can stand as an independent. To stand as a candidate for a political party, candidates would need to contact their local party office and take part in their selection procedure.

Anyone can run to be a councillor, as long as they are:

  • British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union;
  • at least 18 years old; and
  • registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

Residents can't stand to be a councillor if they:

  • work for the council they want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically restricted post;
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order;
  • have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day; or
  • have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.

The closing date for nominations is 4pm on Wednesday, 3 April 2019. For more information please visit our Elections page.