Parish council vacancies - Guidance

This guidance note has been put together to help parish/town councils follow the correct procedures when a casual or other vacancy arises.

Vacancies arise on a parish or town council for a number of reasons, but the filling of the vacancy is dealt with in one of two ways.

  • A Casual Vacancy arises if a Councillor fails to make and deliver a Declaration of acceptance of Office, becomes disqualified (because of, for example, bankruptcy or failure to attend meetings), resigns or dies. This vacancy is dealt with by holding a by-election. If a by-election is not called in accordance with the rules then by co-option.
  • A Vacancy at an ordinary Election may arise if the number of candidates nominated for election are too few to warrant an election or to fill all the vacant seats. This vacancy is dealt with by co-option.



Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024