Election services

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Norwich City Council elections office is responsible for registering electors, conducting elections and taking part in new initiatives to increase the number of people registering to vote. You can contact us on 01603 212053 or email elections@norwich.gov.uk

Household voter confirmation letter 2016

In February we are sending a household voter confirmation letter to every household in Norwich.
This will list everyone we have registered to vote at your household. 
Look out for yours and if you do not appear on it, you can register to vote on the Gov.uk website -
it only takes 5 minutes!

You do not need to return the letter and no envelope has been supplied. 
If you have any other changes to make, please contact the elections office by emailing elections@norwich.gov.uk or by calling us on 0344 980 3333.

Elections in 2016

Elections for Norwich City Council will be held on Thursday 5 May 2016 for all 13 wards. More details will follow on this website.

The Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election will also be held on the same day. Kings Lynn and West Norfolk District Council are the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for these elections. For more information on that election, please follow the link below.

Make sure you are registered to vote

We have now completed the Annual Canvass and published the electoral register on 1 December 2015.

We are currently sending Reminder Individual Registration Forms to all new residents whose names were added to the Household Enquiry Form sent in September 2015 and have not yet responded to their Individual Voter Registration Form.
If you receive a form, the easiest way to register is by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . This should only take five minutes and you will need your date of birth and national insurance number (which can be found on official paperwork such as payslips, benefit or tax credit letters). If you do not wish to register online you can still complete and return the form sent to you using the return envelope supplied or register to vote by calling us on 0344 980 3333.
We will continue to contact those new residents who have been added to the Household Enquiry Form but have not yet individually registered.

Remember it’s simpler, clearer and faster to register to vote online.


If you have already individually registered you do not need to do anything further and we will be sending a Household Notification Letter in February 2016 confirming who is individually registered at your address.

Register to vote by post

You will need to be on the individual electoral register to apply for a postal vote. 

Download a postal application form.

Alternatively you can contact the elections office for a form to be sent to you.

Register to vote by proxy

You will need to be on the electoral register in order to apply to vote by proxy.

Download a vote by proxy application form for a particular election.

Alternatively you can contact the elections office for a form to be sent to you. Please contact us if you need a proxy vote for more than a particular election, such as a medical reason.

Who is eligible to vote

You must be 18 years old or over, a British, other Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union Citizen and living in the Norwich City Council area.

Norwich residents who are registered to vote, can vote to elect people to:
  • Norwich City Council - ordinary elections are held on the first Thursday in May, unless the Secretary for State orders otherwise. There are 13 wards and 39 councillors are elected in thirds.
  • Norfolk County Council - 84 councillors are elected from across the county. Elections were held on the first Thursday in May 2013, with the next elections due in May 2017. Vacancies can arise at any time between ordinary elections.
  • Parliament - Parliamentary elections are held every five years, with the next one scheduled for May 2020. By-elections are held when a sitting MP dies, resigns or ceases to be qualified to serve.
  • European Parliament - European elections are held every five years on a date fixed by the European Parliament. 

What is the open register?

Using the information we receive, we compile the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). Find out more about the registers.

Everyone applying to register to vote is asked to choose if they wish to have their details excluded from the open register.

If you wish to have your current details excluded from or added to the open register, complete the online form.

Remove or add your details to the open register

If you are not yet registered you can do all this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Recent election results

By-election results for Mile Cross, 16 July 2015 

Election results for 7 May 2015

​Local election results for Norwich City Council


Norwich South constituency results


Norwich North constituency results

The parliamentary election for Norwich North constituency was managed by Broadland District Council. Click here for details of the Norwich North results

Further information

Review of polling districts, polling places and polling stations

We have undertaken a formal review of polling districts, polling places and/or polling stations currently used for elections in Norwich and invited representation and comments from interested persons.

The consultation period for the review was from Monday 4 August until Friday 26 September 2014. The responses received during the consultation process and the recommendations of the Polling District Review Group are available via the following links:

Formal notice of the review (47 Kb pdf)

Consultation response received from returning officer (19 Kb pdf)

Response received from returning officer to Polling District Review group's recommendation (70 Kb pdf)

Consultation response received from Norwich Labour Party (14 Kb pdf)

Recommendations of the Polling District Review Group to cabinet (277 Kb pdf)

Recommendations of cabinet to council (285 Kb pdf)

Changes to polling scheme - council decision (82 Kb pdf)

Information about the current polling districts, polling places and polling stations

How to vote at a polling station

The About my vote website explains how to vote in person: Click here to find out how it's done.   

Check the ward you live in

Find your address in the street index and your ward and polling district will be indicated by a code eg LA3, which is in Lakenham ward.

Street index (147 Kb pdf) 

Use the polling district code in the street index to find out where your polling station is located. For details of wards, polling districts and polling stations, including ward maps, click on the ward links below.  

Bowthorpe - BO1, BO2, BO3, BO4, BO5


Catton Grove - CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4, CG5


Crome - CR1, CR2, CR3, CR4, CR5


Eaton - EA1, EA2, EA3, EA4, EA5


Lakenham - LA1, LA2, LA3, LA4, LA5


Mancroft - MA1, MA2, MA3, MA4, MA5


Mile Cross - MX1, MX2, MX3, MX4


Nelson - NE1, NE2, NE3, NE4


Sewell - SE1, SE2, SE3, SE4


Thorpe Hamlet - TH1, TH2, TH3, TH4, TH5


Town Close - TC1, TC2, TC3, TC4


University - UN1, UN2, UN3, UN4, UN5


Wensum - WE1, WE2, WE3, WE4  

The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011

In accordance with the above regulations, the number that is equal to 5% of local government electors shown in the current register of electors as at 15 February 2015 is 4935.

Petition (14 Kb pdf) 

Absent vote signature renewals

Since January 2007, electors who wish to vote by post or proxy for any election have been required to provide their date of birth and a specimen of their signature.

As part of this process, the electoral registration officer is required to obtain an updated version of signatures held for applications older than five years.

At the beginning of each year, the elections office send out a form to those electors whose signature is due for update. If the form is not returned then the absent voting arrangements will be cancelled and a new application will need to be made.