Electoral nominations

Becoming a councillor

Councillors represent everyone who lives in the area they are elected into. They may work with local schools, community associations, youth organisations and residents groups – all working to improve the community.

Different people become councillors for different reasons.  As a councillor you would give a voice to each individual resident, to influence what the council does and how it does it – from providing services for children and older people to planning major developments; from emptying the bins to providing housing for local residents.

To be nominated as a councillor, you must be:

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


You can’t be a councillor if you:

  • Work for the council you want to be a councillor for, or for another local authority in a political 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 5 years before election day
  • Have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.


If you are considering standing as a councillor you can find out more on the Be a Councillor website and by downloading our role description for councillors

The About Us section of our website features additional information about Daventry District Council which may be of use to candidates.

Please contact our Elections Office on 01327 871100 for more information and a nomination pack.

Useful links:

The Electoral Commission guide to becoming a candidate or agent

National Association of Local Councils' guide to standing in parish and town council elections