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Becoming a councillor

Could you be a local councillor?

  • Do you have a desire to help and become involved in your community?
  • Do you believe in helping others to help themselves?
  • Do you like a different challenge every day?
  • Have you ever shouted at the TV and thought you could do better?
  • Are you prepared to stand up and be counted?
  • Are you self motivated?
  • Are you prepared to take part in learning and development opportunities?
  • Do you have time to spare to meet this significant commitment?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, it might be time for you to stand as a local councillor.

We need good quality councillors at all levels, who are ready and willing to engage with the community and make tough decisions. This could be by standing as a unitary, town or parish councillor, campaigning on local issues, volunteering or attending meetings.

Upcoming elections

Details of all of the elections to be held in Wiltshire on 6 May 2021 can be found on our May 2021 Elections page.

To find out if you are eligible to stand as a Wiltshire Councillor, please take a look at Icon for pdf Qualifications to be a councillor [202.48KB].

How to nominate yourself

If you wish to nominate yourself as a unitary candidate, please visit our Unitary elections page where you will find a nomination form. The nomination pack has been temporarily removed due to new legislation regarding reducing the number of subscribers required the nomination pack has been updated, it will be available again on our website.

If you wish to nominate yourself as a town or parish candidate, please visit our Town and parish elections page where you will find a nomination form.

Types of councillors and services they are responsible for

FAQs about being a Wiltshire Councillor

Standing as a councillor and promoting your campaign

Find out more about standing as a councillor and promoting your campaign on the Local Government Association website.

Democracy and Governance at Wiltshire Council 

More information about the council's governance arrangements can be found on our council, democracy and elections pages.