You must meet at least one of these four criteria to stand for election:
- Registered to vote in the local authority area;
- Lived in the local authority area during the whole of the last 12 months;
- Had your main or only place of work in the local authority area during the whole of the last 12 months; or
- Occupied any land or premises in the local authority area as either owner or tenant during the whole of the last 12 months.
Check the full list of criteria for standing for local government elections on the Electoral Commission website.
Each local authority area is split into ‘wards’ and the constituents of each ward will elect 3 or 4 councillors to represent their ward. You don’t have to live in the ward that you are standing for election in, but you must meet one of the four criteria above to be eligible for standing for election in that local authority. Most councillors live in the local authority area they are elected to.