Be a councillor at Local Government Elections on 2 May 2019

Are you passionate about your local area? What do you think matters to local people and are you ready to help make a difference to the quality of life in your community?

If your answer to these questions is “yes” you might just want to think about standing for office on either Teignbridge District Council, or to your local Town or Parish Council.

Being a councillor does require commitment and hard work, but it can also be very rewarding.

Standing for election

Standing for election is a relatively simple process. You will need to submit a nomination paper to the Returning Officer and also get a number of people living within your community to support you. For the District Council you need 10 supporters and for Town and Parish Councils you need just two supporters.  Anyone who agrees to support your candidacy must be willing to sign your nomination and they also need to be registered electors who are entitled to vote for you.

There are some qualifications you have to meet such as a minimum age and your nationality. Find out more about how to become a District or Town/Parish councillor.

How do I apply to be a councillor?

If you would like to put yourself forward you can obtain a nomination pack by sending an email to When you contact us please remember to include your full name and your home address.

The Local Government Association have also provided some helpful information on how to be a councillor.

Full elections to Teignbridge District Council and to all Town and Parish Councils within the Teignbridge area will be held on Thursday 2 May. A copy of the timetable is available. Other information and relevant notices will be displayed on this page as and when it is available, or is published.

In a number of areas the elections will be held on new boundaries and Teignbridge voters will be electing 47 councillors to 24 district wards. In the towns and parishes there will be a total of 409 seats to fill in 57 electoral areas.

The Notice of Election will be published on Monday 18 March and anyone wishing to stand for election will be able to deliver their nominations from 9.30am on Tuesday 19 March until 4pm on Wednesday 3 April. If you are interested in standing for election you can find information on how to become a councillor.

Poll cards will be posted out on Monday 25 March and they will tell you which areas you will be voting in and where your polling station is located. If you currently vote by post the poll card will confirm the address your postal ballot will be sent to and if you currently vote by proxy the poll card will confirm the name of the person you have appointed as your proxy.

If you are not currently registered to vote the deadline to submit an application so that you can vote on Thursday 2 May, is Friday 12 April. If you are not registered you can submit an application directly online at You will need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number in order to complete your registration.

If you don’t think you will be able to get to your polling station on Thursday 2 May you can apply to vote by post. The deadline to submit an application is 5pm on Monday 15 April and you can find further information and an application form

Alternatively you can appoint someone else to go to the polling station to vote on your behalf. Find out further information about voting by proxy.