Standing as a candidate

You must meet certain criteria to stand as a candidate for public office. The next election in Cheltenham is a borough by-election for the Battledown ward on Thursday 9 February 2023.

You can download a set of nomination papers from the Electoral Commission website. This will incude a nomination paper, consent to nomination form and candidate guidance. If you require a printed copy, please contact us on 01242 264132 or email elections@cheltenham.gov.uk to arrange an appointment.

Completed nomination papers will need to be hand delivered to the Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham. You will need to make an appointment for informal checks and submission of papers. We strongly advise an informal check and delivery of papers to be carried out as early as possible. The deadline for delivery is 4pm on 13 January 2023.

You can find out more information on being a councillor on the Local Government Association website. The Electoral Commission has published candidate guidance and information for each type of election.