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How to become a councillor

Councillors are elected by the people of Birmingham for a four year term of office.

From 3rd May 2018, there will be 69 wards within Birmingham represented by 37 single member wards and 32 two member wards, resulting in 101 City Councillors. 

Councillors work closely with communities and play an important part in supporting the Council to help make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives.

This underpins everything the Council does, whether that’s setting priorities, making decisions or delivering services.

Birmingham is experiencing one of its most exciting periods of regeneration and development and over the next few years the financial situation remains challenging, meaning more pressure on Councillors to help shape the Council for the future, delivering services and finding new ways of working.

If you are interested in becoming a Councillor and would like further information on how to stand as a candidate at the next elections, there will be two briefing sessions for prospective candidates

  • 7 March 2018 at 5:30pm
  • 16 March 2018 at 1pm

To register your interest for one of these sessions please email:

The following external websites offer other sources of information on becoming a Councillor:

You can either stand as a candidate as a member of a political party (these candidates are nominated by political parties) or as an independent candidate (these are people who do not belong to any political party). 

Full details of the electoral process and eligibility to stand for election, including the nomination procedure is available by contacting the Elections Office.