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Nomination packs


Prospective candidates wishing to stand in the elections for Durham County Council and Durham County Parish Councils have until 4.00pm on Thursday 8 April 2021 to submit their nomination.

The deadline for nominations is 4.00pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.

Briefing sessions

All online briefings sessions have now taken place.

If you require guidance on completing your nomination pack, please contact us.

See also - The Electoral Commission: Guidance: candidate or agent.

How to submit your nomination paper

The nomination papers must be delivered to County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm from Friday 26 March 2021. The deadline to submit your nomination paper is 4.00pm Thursday 8 April 2021.

The nomination form, the home address form and consent to nomination must be delivered by hand and cannot be submitted by post, fax, email, or other electronic means.

Certificates of authorisation and emblem request forms, for prospective candidates standing for a political party, may be delivered by hand or by post, but cannot be submitted by fax, email, or other electronic means.

Further information

If you are a potential candidate or agent (County Council only), the following information is available:

Candidate spending limits - how much can I spend?

There are limits on how much candidates can spend at an election, and controls on the sources of funding for that spending. After elections, candidates and their agents have to submit a candidate spending return to the Returning Officer at the local council. The spending return lists what the candidate spent during the election campaign and also any donations they received.

Police and Crime Commissioner

The spending limit for the regulated period is a maximum amount based on the police area in which you are standing. The spending limit in Durham is £89,055

See Electoral Commission: Guidance and resources for candidates and their agents at the Police and Crime Commissioner election for guidance on spending limits.

County Council

The spending limit for the regulated period is £806, plus 7p per local government elector in the ward registered to vote on the last day for publication of the notice of election in the ward which you are standing for. The eligible number of electors in each ward is available in Icon for pdf Eligible Elector Totals- County Council Electoral Divisions (PDF, 56.0kb) .

Parish and Town Councils

Your spending limit is £806, plus 7p per local government elector in the parish or town council area which you are standing for. The eligible number of electors in each parish is available in Icon for pdf Eligible Elector Totals - Parish and Town Council (PDF, 56.2kb) .

For example

If there are 7,500 electors in a ward, the spending limit is £806 + (7,500 x 0.07) = £1,331

Spending limits for joint candidates (County and Parish Councils)

See Electoral Commission for guidance on spending limits for joint candidates.

Contact us
Electoral Services
03000 261 212
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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