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Town Hall clockContact Will Austin, Town Clerk, 01308 456722 or email [email protected].  Alternatively the Mayor or current councillors will be able to tell you more about serving on your local council – their contact details can be found at

Dorset Association of Parish & Town Councils (DAPTC) has finalised its Elections Toolkit 2024 for the Dorset Council Area, drafted with the help of Dorset Council. The generic PDF version is available for you to read: 2023 12 20 Dorset Council Area Elections Toolkit Final

This toolkit is designed to be of use to:

  • Experienced clerks as a refresher
  • New clerks that weren’t in role in 2019
  • Existing councillors looking to stand again in May 2024
  • Potential candidates looking to stand in May 2024 for the first time

The toolkit has all the key dates and process set out in the lead up to 2 May and the period immediately after.

To find out if you are eligible to stand as a councillor or to ask for nomination papers, contact the Dorset Council Electoral Services team – 01305 838299 or email [email protected].

Useful information and experiences of other councillors can be found at: and in the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) publication ‘It Takes All Sorts’ –

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