How do I become a councillor?

Who can become a councillor?

If you wish to stand at a local election you must be:

  • a British citizen, a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland or of another European Union State
  • 18 years of age or older.

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications on the day you are nominated and on polling day:

  • be registered as a local government elector for Brent
  • occupied as an owner or tenant any land or other premises in Brent during the whole of the 12 months before the day you are nominated
  • worked only or mainly in Brent during the last 12 months
  • lived in Brent during the whole of the last 12 months.

You cannot stand as a councillor if:

  • in the last five years you have been in prison or on a suspended sentence for three months or more
  • you have been declared bankrupt
  • you are an employee of Brent Council
  • you have been disqualified.