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Parish council elections

Herefordshire is divided into 245 parishes represented by 1231 councillors.

Elections for all of Herefordshire's parishes take place every four years on the first Thursday in May. A councillor who is elected to serve on the parish council will begin their term of office on the fourth day after the election.

A councillor elected at other times as a casual vacancy will serve for the unexpired period of office. Their term of office begins immediately after the election.

You can view local government boundaries for Herefordshire at the Election Maps website.

Forthcoming parish elections and results

Use the links below to view details of forthcoming parish elections and results:

Current casual vacancies for parish council elections

View the current list of casual vacancies for parish council elections.

Candidates' election expenses

All candidates for local government elections must make a declaration of their election expenses within 28 days calendar days of the declaration of the result of election. There are penalties if this legislation is not complied with.

For more details and the election expenses return form, visit candidates' election expenses.

When are there vacancies at a parish council?

A parish council vacancy may arise for a number of reasons, such as a councillor's resignation or extended non-attendance at meetings.

When a vacancy occurs, the parish clerk will notify us and arrange to advertise the vacancy for 14 working days. If no valid request for an election is made, the council can choose a councillor. This person must be:

  • A British, Commonwealth, Irish, or European Union citizen
  • At least 18 years old
  • Either on the list of electors for the parish, or during the whole of the previous twelve months has:
    • Occupied land in the parish as an owner or tenant
    • Had a principal place of work in the parish
    • Resided in, or within three miles, of the parish