The 1998 Harlow District Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of HarlowDistrict Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.
Before the election Labour had 40 of the 42 seats on the council, with only 2 Liberal Democratcouncillors forming the opposition. 3 Labour councillors stood down at the election from Katherines with Sumners, Netteswell West and Tye Green wards.
Each of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats had candidates for all 15 seats contested at the election, with 2 seats available in Old Harlow ward.
Labour held 13 of the 15 seats they had been defending, but the council chairman John Young was defeated in Kingsmoor ward by 21-year-old Conservative Andrew Johnson, who became the youngest councillor on the council. The Liberal Democrats also regained Stewards from Labour, a seat they had previously lost at a by-election.