Name: Becoming a Local Councillor
Description: Becoming a Local Councillor

Becoming a Local Councillor

If you wanted to stand as a Councillor in Dartford you would need to be:

  • At least 18 years old – there is no maximum age limit
  • Registered as a local government elector in the Borough of Dartford; or have lived or had your principal place of work in the borough for 12 months before standing; or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the borough for a least 12 months before standing

You do not need any formal qualifications to stand as a councillor, but you cannot stand if:

  • You work for your local council
  • Hold a politically restricted post for another organisation
  • Are subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order,
  • If you have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of three months or more within five years prior to the election,
  • Or you have been disqualified under any legislation relating to corrupt or illegal practices

Do I have to belong to a political party or group

You do not have to belong to a political party to stand for election. It is possible to stand as an independent (a candidate who does not belong to a particular political party). However, if you're thinking of standing as a candidate for a particular party then you will need to be a member of that party's local organisation

How long will I be a councillor

The term of office is four years. At the end of this time you can retire or stand for re-election.

How do I stand as a Councillor

Guidance on becoming a Local Councillor is produced by the Electoral Commission, click here for more details:

Nomination forms to stand as a Local Councillor for Dartford Borough Council PDF, 247.76 KB

Last Updated: 04th March 2021