Annual Canvass 2018

Each year the Electoral Registration Officer is required to undertake an Annual Canvass of all households in the borough to check that the information on the electoral register is up to date. It is a legal requirement for residents to confirm details relating to their property.

Look out for your Household Enquiry Form

Tower Hamlets Council is starting the annual canvass to update the Register of Electors on 25 August 2017.

A Household Enquiry Form (HEF) will be sent to every property in the borough with the details of residents currently registered to vote at the property. Anyone in the household can respond to the household enquiry form, but all properties must reply as soon as possible, even if there are no changes to be made.

This form is not a registration form but residents do need to complete it.

The household enquiry form is used to let the electoral services office know who resides at a property and should be registered to vote. Householders are required by law to provide the required information or a fine can be imposed (£1,000)

The HEF allows residents to inform the electoral services office about:

  • electors who are no longer resident
  • new residents at the address
  • people who will become 18 the following year
  • any corrections or changes needed to residents details

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. A separate invitation to register form will then be sent to any new residents who are eligible and need to register. Following completion of the HEF, anyone that needs to register can also go online at:

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

If you do not receive a form by 8 September or you need help completing the form, contact the Electoral Services Team on 020 7364 0872 or email:

How to complete the HEF

Completing the household enquiry forms using our automated services:

Please check the names of the people printed on the household enquiry form who are currently registered to vote at this address. If no-one is currently registered, the form will be blank.

If there are NO CHANGES and the details are correct, you can confirm this to us by us by using one of the options in the Green Box.

You will need your two unique security codes provided on the letter to use the automated services. Do not return the form if you have confirmed using one of the automated options.

If  there are CHANGES to be made i.e. details need to be amended, someone needs to be added or removed, then you can either use the option in the Red Box above or return the form by post.

If there is no-one registered, the form will be blank and you will find the below options on page 1 of the HEF.

Individual registration form

If you tell us there are new people eligible to be registered, we will send each person an Invitation To Register (ITR) form. This form invites that person to apply to register to vote. Individual registration forms ask you to give your date of birth and National Insurance number. Alternatively, you can register online by visiting

Why you should register

The Register of Electors is often used to confirm an individual's address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile phone. If you are not registered you will lose your right to vote at the time of an election.

Who can be included on the register?

You need to be included on the register if you are:

  • aged 18 and over

  • a British, Irish, European or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (see list of eligible nationalities)

  • a 16- or 17-year-old

  • residing in Tower Hamlets.

How to contact us

Electoral Services
Town Hall
Mulberry Place
5 Clove Crescent
E14 2BG

Tel:  020 7364 0872