How to become a councillor

51 councillors sit on Dacorum Borough Council. As a councillor, you will be responsible for representing your local community, and making decisions about the services we provide.

A description of the role of a councillor is available in  Part 2 of the Council's Constitution (PDF 307 KB). Councillors are generally elected for four-year terms.

Who can become a councillor? 

You can become a councillor if you are:

  • over 18;
  • on the electoral register; and,
  • you have lived, worked or owned property in the area for at least the past 12 months.

For more information about who can become a councillor, please see our electoral nominations page.

Find out more information on the Local Government Association’s website: www.local.gov.uk/be-a-councillor

Borough, parish or county councillor?

As a resident of Dacorum, there are three types of council that you can be elected to: Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council or one of the town and parish councils.

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  • Dacorum Borough Council (DBC)

    We are responsible for services such as housing, rubbish and recycling, planning, licensing, running elections and collecting Council Tax.

    See the 'views of current councillors' below to get an idea of what you will do.
  • Hertfordshire County Council

    You can also become a Hertfordshire county councillor. Their responsibilities include education, social services, highways and transportation, trading standards, libraries and fire and rescue.

    For more information about becoming a county councillor, please see Hertfordshire County Council’s website.

    For information about your existing county councillors, please go to our county councillors page.

  • Town and parish councils

    In Dacorum, there are two town councils and 14 parish councils. They are made up of elected or co-opted councillors and may run some local amenities such as allotments, playing fields and village halls. They are also asked for their opinion on planning applications or on any issue which might have an impact on the parish.

    If you are interested in becoming a town or parish councillor, please contact your local clerk.

Views from current councillors

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  • Councillor Graham Sutton
    Councillor Graham Sutton

    When somebody suggested to me a few years ago, “Why don’t you stand for election as a borough councillor?” my first reactions were that they were “off their rocker!”. But then I started to think seriously about it. Why not? I have lived in Hemel Hempstead for all but about four years of my life.

    I live in the ward I was asked to represent. But, most of all, I love Hemel Hempstead and I'm proud of the 60 years plus that I have lived here. So, after some consideration, I was proud to put myself forward for election and let the voters decide whether I was worthy enough to serve them as a local councillor. The result was that, just over nine years ago, I was elected as a councillor and have been proud to be part of a strong and dedicated team who look after the interests of our local residents.

    But it does not stop there. I wanted to be truly involved in the decision-making process of this borough. I put myself forward for membership of committees and, in the nine years I have served as a councillor, I have been a member of most, if not all, the committees, vice-chaired and chaired meetings and I am also a member of both Licensing and Development Control.

    Yes, a very heavy workload, but one that I took on knowing full well that I wanted to be truly involved and not just sit on the sidelines. When I look back, I think the decision to put myself forward was one of the best decisions of my life. I am proud to say that, despite some pretty spectacular set-backs, the Buncefield explosion for one, Hemel Hempstead has continued to prosper and be a great place to live and work.

    I would urge anyone who thinks that they have something to offer, to grab the opportunity and be 100 per cent dedicated to the tasks that may lie ahead.

What do I do next?

If you are interested in becoming a councillor, go to our electoral nominations page for information on how to get started.

Further information

Email: ER@dacorum.gov.uk or member.support@dacorum.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01442 228000 and ask for Electoral Registration