Elections 2019

Do you care about where you live?  Are you passionate about your community?

If so, you could make a great local councillor.  Stand for election and make a local change!

Elections 2019

The first election to the new Dorset Council will be held on 2 May 2019. Elections for all 163 Parish and Town Councils in the Dorset Council area will also be held on the same day.


What is a Parish Council?

Parish Councils are the first tier of local government and as such are statutory bodies. They serve communities and are elected by residents. They can raise their own precept (a form of council tax) and have overall responsibility for the well-being of a local community. Their work falls into three main categories, the delivery of services, providing communities with a democratic voice and improving the quality of life for all residents. Parish Councils are led by democratically elected councillors from the local community.

Being a Local Councillor

As representatives of the first tier of local government and the closest to their communities, local councillors are best placed to engage with their residents and find out what the real local issues are and how to overcome them. As a local councillor, you can become a voice for your community and make a real change. Local councillors are community leaders and represent the interests of the communities they serve. Local councillors have three main responsibilities, decision-making, monitoring and getting involved locally. Parish Councils welcome and are committed to the inclusion and recognition of all regardless of race, culture, ability, ethnicity or gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic status.

Getting Elected

To stand for election to the Parish Council, you must:

Be a UK or Commonwealth citizen; or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; or be a citizen of another Member State of the European Union.

Be at least 18 years old.

Be an elector of the local council; or in the past 12 months occupied land or other premises in the area the local council serves (as owner or tenant); or work in the area that the local council serves (as your principal or only place of work); or live within three miles of the local council boundary.

Nomination Pack

To stand as a candidate for the Parish Council, you will need to download, complete and return a Nomination Pack. 


The deadline for the receipt of Nominations to the Returning Officer is 4.00 pm Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Nominations can be received from Monday 18 March 2019  and Nomination Papers must be delivered by hand, they will not be accepted if they arrive in the post.

An appointments system will operate to receive Nomination Papers.  You can call the Elections Team on 01305 838299 from Friday 1 March 2019 to book an appointment.

Nomination Papers must be delivered to South Walks House, South Walks Road , Dorchester, DT1 1UZ.

Further Information

All About Local Councils

Dorset Council Area Elections, Referendums and Local Polls

Electoral Commission, Guidance for Candidates Standing for Election to their Parish and Community Councils

The Good Councillors Guide

For all general enquiries please contact the Clerk to the Council.