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Parish Council elections


Parish councils form the first tier of local government. There are 26 parish councils in the Peterborough area. You can find a full list of parish councils in the democracy section.

Parish Council Elections

View our upcoming elections page for further information.

Previous parish elections

Please visit our previous election results page to view the results and notices. 

Please note: A poll will only take place if there are more nominations than there are seats for the particular parish ward.

Parish Councillors

Parish councils are made up of locally elected parish councillors.

To qualify to be a parish councillor you must be:

  • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth or the European Union and;
  • At least 18 on the day you are nominated as a candidate

And either:

  • A registered local government elector within the parish or;
  • A resident in the parish, or live within three miles of the parish, or work full time in the parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination or election day.

A person is disqualified from holding office as a parish or town councillor if:

  • They hold a paid office, or other place of profit in the council.
  • They are the subject of a bankruptcy restriction order or interim order.
  • The have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more (including a suspended sentence), without the option of a fine, during the five years before polling day.

Parish councillors can also be co-opted in line with Section 21 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 which allows the parish council to fill vacancies remaining unfilled following an ordinary election if the council believes that it is in the interests of the parish.

If you would like to be considered, please contact the clerk or chair of the relevant parish council

To be eligible you must be 18 years old and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Be a local government elector for the parish, or
  • Be an occupier (owner or tenant) of land or premises in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have their place of work in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have resided in the parish for the previous 12 months, or
  • Have resided within three miles of the parish boundary for the previous 12 months.

There may be other restrictions and further information can be found on the Electoral Commission website

Elections take place every four years or when a seat becomes vacant. Different parishes hold their elections on different years and there is one year without any local elections (fallow year). If there are the same number of candidates as there are seats available, no election is required and the seats are allocated to the candidates.

In some circumstances it is possible to be on a parish council when living outside the area. For more information email

If you have been elected as a parish councillor, you may find the documents at the end of this page useful. Declaration of Office and Members Interest forms can also be obtained from and should be returned to the parish clerk in the first instance who will then forward them to Peterborough City Council.

We also have online forms available for registering members' interests and declaring gifts and hospitality on our Parish Councils page.