Council members

How to become a councillor

A parish council is the tier of local authority closest to its community.  Anyone can stand as a candidate provided they meet the qualification requirements. You can find out more by contacting Lichfield District Council’s electoral services department.

To be eligible to serve as a parish councillor you must be:

  • Aged over 18.
  • A British, Commonwealth citizen, or Euro-national citizen (who is a registered elector).
  • Registered to vote in the area, or have lived, worked, or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You cannot become a councillor if:

  • You hold a paid office with the council.
  • You are subject to a bankruptcy restrictions order or an interim order creates disqualification which dates from the judgement or execution and generally ends one year after the relevant order is made.
  • If you have within five years before the election or since election been convicted in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man of any offence and been sentenced to not less than three months imprisonment (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine.