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Becoming a parish councillor

How you can become a parish councillor and help influence decisions about local services

How to become a parish councillor

The next Parish Council elections will take place on Thursday 4 May 2023.

If you are thinking about standing as a candidate, please read all candidate ‘guidance’ which can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

This will cover everything from:

  • Qualifications for standing
  • Completing and submitting nomination papers
  • Spending and donations
  • The campaign
  • Right to attend key electoral events

Nomination papers

To apply to become a Parish councillor you will need to download and fill out a nomination pack.

If you need help completing a nomination pack please see our guidance for completing nomination forms.

Nomination papers can be handed in from Tuesday 21 March up until the deadline of 4pm Tuesday 4 April.

All nomination papers must be hand delivered only to the our offices at King’s Court, Chapel Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1EX.

Where possible please telephone to make an appointment and we encourage an early submission should any changes be needed to be made.

Pre-election Candidates and Parish Clerk briefing sessions

We will hold two Candidates and Parish Clerks briefing sessions in which we will answer all election queries/processes.

The briefing sessions will be held online (via Microsoft Teams) on:

  • Wednesday 1 March at 7pm
  • Thursday 2 March at 3pm

If you wish to be sent an invitation to the briefing session, please contact Electoral Services via e-mail: or telephone: 01553 616773.

How to become a borough councillor

If you are also interested in becoming a borough councillor, guidance and nomination packs are available from our Becoming a borough councillor page.