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:
- 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 6 May 2021.
View the election timetable 2021 to find out important dates leading up to the election.
You can visit your local city, borough or district council's website for more information about standing in the county council elections:
Notices of Election
You can view the notices of election for each County Council division on our Notices of Election page.
Find out more:
watch an event about becoming a councillor, held for prospective candidates
view the Ordnance Survey's election maps to see electoral boundaries.