Part 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Schedule 6 of the Local Government Act 2002 provide for the internal division of a local authority for electoral or polling purposes.
However, such division has no effect unless a description or plan of each area has been sent to the Surveyor-General and the Surveyor-General has certified that it is sufficient to render the boundaries capable of identification.
The Surveyor-General has issued a standard to specify requirements for plans that are submitted for certification.
Plans for certification, and supporting documentation, need to be forwarded in digital format to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words “Plan for certification” and the name of the local authority in the subject line of the email.
A local authority or the Local Government Commission (as applicable) must complete a form when seeking a certification from the Surveyor-General (or delegate). Templates for the form are available online.
- Complete form for certification by local authority
- Complete form for certification by Local Government Commission
A template for the Surveyor-General’s delegate to provide the certification is also available.
- Guidelines to assist local authorities in undertaking representation reviews (Local Government Commission publication)
- Guidelines to the procedures for reorganisation of local authorities under the Local Government Act 2002 (Local Government Commission publication)