Standing as a councillor

The next full borough, town and parish council elections will take place on Thursday 2 May 2019 in Waverley.

If you are interested in standing for election, please contact or phone 01483 523116.

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December 2018

November 2018

Returning Officer's Briefing

The Returning Officer will conduct briefings for election agents and independent candidates. The briefing will include information and guidance on the nominations process. Two alternative dates are available:

  • Wednesday 23 January, 6:30pm
  • Thursday 7 February, 6:30pm.

Briefings will be held in the Council Chamber, Waverley Borough Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR. If you would like to attend, please inform the elections team on 01483 523116 or

Notice of Election and Nominations

We plan to publish the Notice of Election on 22 March 2019.

You can make an appointment to submit nominations between 9:30am and 4pm from the date specified on the notice of election until 4pm on 3 April 2019.

Statement of Persons Nominated

The Statement of Persons Nominated will be published by 4pm on 4 April 2019.

Financial obligations for Candidates

Candidates and their Election Agents are required to follow strict rules about how much they can spend, who they can accept donations from and what they must report after an election.

The spending limits and rules apply to spending on campaigning activities during the run up to an election (the regulated period). Candidate spending includes any expenses incurred, including on goods, services, property and facilities, for the purposes of a candidate’s election during the regulated period. This includes items or services bought before the regulated period begins, but used during it. The spending limits apply from the day after the date a person officially becomes a candidate and ends on polling day.

The earliest date a person can officially become a candidate is when the notice of election is published. This is expected to be on Friday 22 March 2019. A person becomes a candidate on this date if they or others have already announced that it is their intention to stand, for example via a press release or at a residents meeting. If this announcement has not already been made then a person officially becomes a candidate on the earlier of the date that their intention to stand is announced or the date when they submit their nomination papers.

It is candidates’ and agents’ responsibility to understand the rules on candidate spending and apply them. Detailed guidance on spending limits and completion of returns can be found here. 

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