You must be nominated to stand as a candidate.

Nomination packs for anyone wishing to stand in the District Council Elections to be held on Thursday 5 May 2022 are available from Electoral Services. Contact Electoral Services.

Further information about becoming a candidate at the elections is available from:

Electoral Commission: Candidates and agents at local elections in England

GOV.UK: Become a councillor

What the elections are

  • District Council Elections for 23 wards

Qualifications for standing as a candidate

  • a person must not be disqualified from holding office
  • must be a British or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or the European Union
  • be 18 years of age

You must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • be a registered local government elector within the area
  • occupied land or property in the area for the last 12 months
  • worked in the area for the last 12 months
  • resided in the area for the whole of the last 12 months

What is in a candidate nomination pack

The pack includes:

  • your nomination papers
  • information about the election, including deadlines, nomination submission rules and a timetable of key events.

Your nomination papers

Candidates should read the accompanying notes in the candidate's pack carefully before completion of the forms to avoid unnecessary delays.

The nomination form is a legal document and information entered can be challenged in a court of law.

Submit your nomination papers

Final submission of nomination papers must be delivered in person to:

  • Address The Returning Officer, Meeting Room A, Kirkgate Buildings, Byram Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1BY

Papers will be accepted between 10am and 4pm on these dates:

  • Friday 25 March 2022
  • Monday 28 March 2022
  • Tuesday 29 March 2022
  • Wednesday 30 March 2022
  • Thursday 31 March 2022
  • Friday 1 April 2022
  • Monday 4 April 2022
  • Tuesday 5 April 2022

The last time for receipt is 4pm on Tuesday 5 April 2022

What a councillor does

The aim of a local councillor is to make their local area a better place to live and work.

The role of a councillor is valuable to local communities and has a broad range of responsibilities. A large part of a councillor role is the work they do at neighbourhood level, bringing together individuals and agencies in their ward, from the public, private and voluntary community sectors.

They act as community leaders to encourage participation in local life. A ward councillor can gather people's views and represent them at council meetings. This is a way of ensuring that service providers are accountable to service users, deliver quality and value for money.

More about being a councillor:

Attend a briefing session

A candidates' briefing session takes place after the close of nominations.

At the session the Returning Officer, Electoral Services Manager and the Police share guidance and information about a range of matters including:

  • polling stations
  • postal vote opening and checking procedures
  • verification and count processes
  • integrity and security of the election.