County council elections

Find out when the next election is and how you can take part

Who can be a councillor

To stand in a county council election you must be:

  • at least 18 years old
  • a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen

Additionally, you must have either:

  • lived
  • worked
  • owned or rented land or premises

in the Essex County Council area for the whole 12 months before nominations are made, or been registered as a local government elector from the day of nomination onwards.

Becoming a county councillor

The next county council elections are scheduled for 2025.

If you’re interested in finding out about the role of a county councillor, read our guide for candidates (PDF, 116KB), contact the election team or visit the website and read about being a councillor.

The Local Government Association have created this information guide for disabled people who are considering becoming a councillor.

If you would like to register your interest in finding out more about standing as an Essex County Councillor in 2025, please complete this short form.

You can watch the recording from our last Prospective Candidate Event on YouTube.

Find out more:

View the Ordnance Survey's election maps to see electoral boundaries.