Briefings for prospective candidates and their agents

North Yorkshire’s residents will be able to vote for 90 new councillors who will represent 89 new divisions, later this spring.

The announcement that the county council elections will take place on May 5 2022 follows Parliament’s approval of the Structural Changes Order, the legal process necessary for the formation of a single council to replace the eight current authorities.

In July 2021 the Government announced that a new single council would be formed to deliver all services across North Yorkshire on the footprint of the current county council.

The councillors voted in this May will serve the final year of the county council and will then be the voice of the people for the first four years of the new single council.

Newly elected councillors will shape what public services will look like ahead of North Yorkshire Council’s first day on 1 April 2023.

You can see the new electoral divisions on a map here, or read a list of the new electoral divisions by district here.

Prospective candidates and their agents attended a countywide Teams live event on Thursday 17 February.

The virtual session covered the role of a councillor and community leader, what being a councillor in the county council from May 2022 and then the new unitary authority from April 2023 onwards will mean as well as the structure of the council and key aspects of the role.

Prospective candidates should also refer to the Electoral Commission website, in particular the area for candidates and their agents. The Electoral Commission website also has information about their current Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy ‘Democracy and Diversity’.

For anyone who couldn’t attend the online event, you can watch a recording of the briefing here:

For a copy of the slides and a candidate guide, please email

District and borough council local area briefings took place during February and March 2022.

You’ll find local information about the election, including the notice of election, election timetable and nomination papers at the following links.

Borough and district council web pages will also list validly nominated candidates from 5 April.