Annual canvass

Each year the Electoral Registration Officer is required to undertake an annual canvass of all households in the district to update the electoral register.

As part of this we must contact every property to find out if there are any changes to the household so we can remove the details of those no longer living there and invite new occupants to register individually.

Household Enquiry Forms are being sent out to every property during September. Please make sure that you respond to it as soon as you can, even if there are no changes to be made to the pre-printed details. It is a legal requirement and you can be fined up to £1000 for not doing so. This will also help us save money as, if you do not respond, we are required to send you a reminder form and undertake personal visits to obtain the information.

Please note that this Household Enquiry Form is not a registration form. Anyone added to the details pre-printed on the form will also need to register individually online at

Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in elections and can also improve your credit rating.

Responding to the household enquiry form (HEF)

To confirm or make changes to your details

If your details haven’t changed

  • Text NOCHANGE followed by your security code to 07786 209 388
  • Phone 0808 284 1578

For text and phone standard charges will apply.

If you are unable to use these options you should complete and send the form back to us in the freepost envelope provided.

Responding to the invitation to register form (ITR)

To register to vote, you should return the form in the freepost envelope provided.

Alternatively, you can register to vote online. You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth - it will take around five minutes and you won’t need to return your form.