Parish Council casual vacancies

Why may a vacancy arise?

A vacancy may arise on the Parish Council for the following reasons:

  • Death
  • Disqualification
  • Resignation
  • Failure to take up office
  • Failure to attend meetings
  • Election declared void following an election petition

Notice advertising a Parish Council vacancy

A public notice advertising the vacancy on the Parish Council must be displayed by the Parish Clerk for fourteen days excluding dies non1, which are Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday and any other bank holiday.

If a request in writing is received from any ten local government electors whom are on the register at the time of the request for the said Parish, an election to fill the vacancy will be held within sixty days (excluding dies non1) from the date publication of the notice. If no such request is made, the vacancy will be filled through co-option by the Parish Council.

However if a vacancy occurs within six months of the scheduled Parish elections (held every four years) then an election would not be held unless the total number of unfilled vacancies exceeds one third of the total membership of the Parish Council. 

1 Dies Non: A day on which no legal business can be done, or which does not count for legal purposes.