On Thursday 2 May 2019, local council elections are being held in St Albans City & District. District Council elections are taking place throughout the whole district. Parish Council and Town Council elections will be taking place in areas that are covered by a parish/town council and where the number of candidates standing for election exceeds the number of vacant seats. This page will be used to provide guidance for prospective candidates.

General information

The Electoral Commission’s website contains comprehensive guidance for candidates, which can be found on their “Candidate or agent" pages.

A timetable for 2019 local elections is also available to download from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Key dates and deadlines

Candidate and Agent briefing sessionTuesday 5 March 2019 at 2:30pm
Notice of Election publishedMonday 25 March 2019
First date for submitting nomination papersMonday 25 March 2019
Deadline for submitting nomination papersWednesday 3 April 2019 at 4pm
Postal voting packs posted to electorsFrom around Tuesday 16 April 2019
Deadline for electors to register to voteFriday 12 April 2019 at midnight
Deadline for electors to apply for a postal voteMonday 15 April 2019 at 5pm
Deadline for electors to apply for a proxy voteWednesday 24 April 2019 at 5pm
ELECTION DAYThursday 2 May 2019
Verification and countVerification & District Count = overnight Thursday 2 - Friday 3 May 2019
Parish Count = daytime Friday 3 May 2019


The Electoral Services team at St Albans City & District Council will oversee the nomination process for potential candidates standing in the district and parish/town elections; please see below for further details.

Candidate and Agent briefing session:

A briefing session will be held for candidates and agents at 2:30pm on Tuesday 5 March 2019. Please contact the Electoral Services team directly on 01727 819565 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk for more information. 

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible to stand as a candidate, you must be aged 18 or over on the day of your nomination. You must also be a British, Irish, Commonwealth, or European Union citizen and meet one of four residency criteria. Further details regarding eligibility criteria can be found in the Electoral Commission’s “Guidance for candidates and agents”. Part 1 of this guidance (“Can you stand for election?”) can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Nomination packs:

To request a nomination pack please contact the Electoral Services team directly on 01727 819565 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk.

Completing nomination papers:

It is recommended that you read the Electoral Commission’s guidance before completing your nomination papers.

We also highly recommend that you meet with a member of the Electoral Services team to carry out an informal check of your papers before they are formally submitted and lodged.

Submitting nomination papers:

The deadline for submitting completed nomination papers is 4:00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. However, you are advised to deliver the papers as early as possible to ensure that any errors can be rectified. No exceptions can be made to this deadline.

Nomination papers must be delivered by hand to: The Returning Officer, Electoral Services, 2nd Floor, St Albans City & District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE.

Nomination papers should be delivered between the hours detailed below:

Monday 25 – Thursday 28 March 201908:45 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 29 March 201908:45 am – 4:45 pm
Monday 1 April – Tuesday 2 April 201908:45 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 3 April 201908:45 am – 4:00 pm

Contact details

General EnquiriesSt Albans City & District Council - Electoral Services Office01727 819565 / 819546 / 819550
The Electoral CommissionEnglish Regional teams0333 103 1928

Date of last review: 27 February 2019