Election Timetable
Parish & Town Councils

Casual Vacancies

On the occurrence of a casual vacancy the Parish (or Community) Clerk is required to give public notice of the vacancy.

If the vacancy arises within 6 months of the date that that councillor's term of office expires the Parish (or Community) Council may co-opt a person to fill the vacancy until the next ordinary elections.  Otherwise,

  • if a written request for an election is received (within 14 working days of the notice of vacancy) by the Proper Officer of the District Council (or County Council for Community vacancies) from 10 local government electors for the area (area means the local authority area for the vacancy i.e. the Parish or Community) the Returning Officer will fix the date of the election within 60 working days (12 weeks) of the date of the notice of vacancy.
  • If a written request by 10 electors is not received within 14 working days the Parish (or Community) Council shall, as soon as practicable, fill the vacancy by co-option.

    Any person co-opted to the council must meet the usual qualifications to be a councillor.

Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986, rule 8.

Parish & Community Elections

The election timetable is identical to the Borough timetable except that expenses must be submitted within 28 calendar days after the result has been declared   RPA 1983, schedule 4, paragraph 3.

25 December 2002  •  Contact