Become a councillor
Councillors are elected to represent a number of local residents in an area called a ward.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council is made up of 76 councillors that represent 33 wards.
The role of a councillor centres around community leadership and engagement.
You could be a councillor if you meet the criteria set out on the electoral commission's website.
How to apply
You must be nominated by a proposer, a seconder and eight other assentors
These people must be on the electoral register for the ward you’re standing in.
You are entitled to a copy of the register if you stand. You will need to call us on 01202 123 400 before the election if you want to stand as a candidate.
If you would like a nomination pack, you can contact us by:
You can find out further information about becoming a councillor:
There is also additional support available to you if you’re disabled and considering standing for elected office.
Election campaign support
You can appoint an election agent to help you:
- organise your expenses
- arrange public meetings
- display and issue advertisements or publications.
You can do this yourself if you’d prefer.
You’ll need to cover your campaign expenses, and declare them in your Return of Expenses.