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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.

Find out about standing as a candidate

Find out more about Parish Councils and the Community

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

Forthcoming parish elections 

Further information can be found on our forthcoming parish elections page.

Stand for election as a Parish councillor

Election results

A list of past election results can be found on our parish election results page.

Current casual vacancies

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.

For more information about qualifying as a candidate, visit our guidance for prospective parish councillors page.

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