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What are the criteria for becoming a Councillor?


Am I eligible?                       

You can become a councillor if you are:

You cannot be a councillor if you:

  • A British citizen, a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union or a qualifying foreign citizen
  • At least 18 years old on polling day and the day of nomination
  • Registered to vote in the Vale of Glamorgan or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election
  • Work for the Vale of Glamorgan Council (this only applies to becoming a county borough councillor - not a community councillor);
  • Hold a politically restricted post in another authority;
  • Are bankrupt;
  • Have served a prison sentence (including suspended sentences) of 3 months or more within the last 5 years;
  • Have been disqualified under legislation relating to illegal or corrupt practices


To assess whether you fit the criteria to become a councillor, please refer to the Local Government Act 1972, which outlines the qualification details in full.


The Welsh Government Diversity in Democracy Project aims to increase the diversity of candidates standing for local government elections.