Types of elections


The number of people voting in elections is declining, particularly in local elections. It is your right to vote and it is the way you can influence the decisions made by Government at all levels. Find out here where and when you can make your vote count.

Further information

Local elections: South Norfolk District Council 

There are 46 district councillors and they are elected every four years. There are 36 wards, one of which has three councillors. The remainder have either one or two councillors.

The date of ordinary elections is usually the first Thursday in May, unless the Secretary of State orders otherwise. The next planned elections will take place in May 2015, the last ones were held on Thursday 5 May 2011.

Norfolk County Council

Norfolk County Council has 84 councillors elected from across the county to make decisions about county-wide services. Under new division boundaries, the district of South Norfolk will have 12 county councillors (who serve for four years) after the elections which were held in May 5 2005.

Casual vacancies can arise at any time between ordinary elections. If the vacancy comes up six months or less before the date of ordinary elections, the vacancy may be left unfilled. The next planned election will be on  the 2 May 2013.

Parish councils

Parish and town council elections are held every four years, however, casual vacancies can arise at any time between ordinary elections. The most recent elections were held on Thursday, 5 May 2011, and the next planned election will be in May 2015.

There are 119 parishes in South Norfolk, of which 106 have parish councils. Some are joint parish councils with two or more parishes. Some parish and town councils are divided into wards. The number of parish councillors varies in accordance with a scheme prepared by South Norfolk Council. Each councillor serves for a four year term of office.


The district council runs the elections for the South Norfolk parliamentary constituency. This constituency includes all South Norfolk parishes except those indicated in the plan below. These three parishes fall within either the Norwich South constituency, which is run by Norwich City Council or Mid Norfolk, which is run by Breckland District Council.

Parliamentary elections are held on a date decided by the Prime Minister, which must be within five years of the last general election. By-elections are held when a sitting MP dies, resigns or ceases to be qualified to serve.

The Home Office issues detailed guidance notes on the conduct of parliamentary elections. The next planned election will be in May 2015

European Parliament

The district council also runs the European Parliamentary election for the South Norfolk District within the Eastern Region European Parliamentary Constituency, one of nine electoral regions in England. European Parliamentary elections are held every five years on a date fixed by the European Parliament. Members serve for the full five year term of office. The next planned election will be in June 2014.

These elections are covered by the same legislation as our own elections, but amended by the European Parliamentary Regulations 1986 and European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999.

Police & Crime Commissioner

On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales were asked to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas. The next planned election will take place in May 2016.

Contact us

contact officer/team: Electoral Services
web: online enquiry form
telephone: 01508 533704
minicom/textphone: 01508 533622
address: South Norfolk Council
South Norfolk House
Cygnet Court
Long Stratton
Norwich NR15 2XE

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Last updated on: 10 June 2016