To qualify to be a parish councillor you must be a British citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, over 21 on the day that he/she is nominated as a candidate, is on the electoral roll, has been resident in the parish, or within 3 miles of the parish, or working full time in the parish for at least 12 months prior to the nomination or election day.

A person is disqualified from holding office as a parish councillor if they have been declared bankrupt in the past 5 years and have not repaid their debts, they have been convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to more than 3 years imprisonment within the last five years, they incur illegal expenditure (when acting as a councillor) of over £2,000, or are found guilty of using corrupt or illegal practices.