On Thursday 3rd May 2018, District Council elections are being held in St Albans City & District. 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 2018 local elections is also available to download from the Electoral Commission’s website.

Key dates and deadlines

Candidate and Agent briefing session21st March 2018 at 2:30pm
Notice of Election published26th March 2018
First date for submitting nomination papers26th March 2018
Deadline for submitting nomination papers6th April 2018 at 4pm
Postal voting packs posted to electorsFrom around 19th April 2018
Deadline for electors to register to vote17th April 2018 at midnight
Deadline for electors to apply for a postal vote18th April 2018 at 5pm
Deadline for electors to apply for a proxy vote25th April 2018 at 5pm
ELECTION DAY3rd May 2018
Verification and count3rd May 2018 from 10pm


The Electoral Services team at St Albans City and District Council will oversee the nomination process for potential candidates standing in the district 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 Wednesday 21st March 2018. Please contact the Electoral Services team directly on 01727 819546 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 Part 1 of the Electoral Commission’s “Guidance for candidates and agents”. Part 1 (“Can you stand for election?”) can be downloaded from the Electoral Commission’s website here

Nomination packs:

Nomination packs will be available the week commencing 12th March. To request a nomination pack please contact the Electoral Services team directly on 01727 819546 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 Friday 6th April 2018. 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 and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3JE.

Nomination papers should be delivered between the hours detailed below:

Monday 26 March09:00 am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 27 – Thursday 29 March08:45 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 April08:45 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 6 April08:45 am – 4:00 pm

Contact details

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

Date of last review: 07 February 2018