The Council elections held in Wolverhampton on Thursday 1 May 1986 were one third, and 20 of the 60 seats were up for election.

Due to a vacancy in Wednesfield North two members were elected.

The Labour Party gained the following wards from the Conservatives:

Bilston North, Fallings Park, Oxley, Wednesfield North (1 seat).

The SDP/Liberal Alliance gained Spring Vale from Labour.

Prior to the election the constitution of the council was:

Following the election the constitution of the council was:

Election result

Bilston East
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour N Davies 1868
Alliance R Gray 597
Conservative Mrs F Rixon 319
Majority 1271
Bilston North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs T Bowen 2065
Conservative C Barber 956
Alliance T Perkins 745
Majority 1109
Blakenhall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J Rowley 2475
Conservative 1174
Alliance J O'Brien 497
Majority 1301
Bushbury
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative G Patten 1663
Labour T Barratt 1546
Alliance T Whitehouse 606
Majority 117
East Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour G Howells 1584
Alliance J Steatham 1342
Conservative Mrs J Shore 326
Majority 242
Ettingshall
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour E Bold 2058
Conservative A Mills 452
Alliance J White 289
Majority 1606
Fallings Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs J Hill 1838
Conservative Mrs J Lenoir 1360
Alliance E George 493
Majority 478
Graiseley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F Ledsam 2426
Conservative J Mellor 1844
Alliance E Rawlinson 537
Majority 582
Heath Town
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour K Purchase 1773
Conservative B Ingram 719
Alliance C Hallmark 572
Majority 1054
Low Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Peter Bilson 2171
Conservative K Gliwitzki 636
Alliance Mrs S Thompson 327
Majority 1535
Merry Hill
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative W Clarke 2158
Alliance B Lamb 1115
Labour D McKatrick 911
Majority 1043
Oxley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs K Clifford 1881
Conservative F Haley 1363
Alliance M Turley 472
Majority 518
Park
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative M Griffiths 2333
Labour J Botteley 1744
Alliance P McGloin 758
Majority 589
Penn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J Carpenter 2674
Alliance R Jones 1190
Labour G S Rai 584
Majority 1484
St Peter's
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour A M Powell 3209
Conservative R Ward 517
Alliance B Lewis 374
Majority 2696
Spring Vale
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance A Pye 2196
Labour B Burden 2061
Conservative D Darley 447
Majority 135
Tettenhall Regis
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Alliance L McLean 2357
Conservative W Moffat 1801
Labour L Turner 570
Majority 558
Tettenhall Wightwick
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R Watson 2375
Alliance D Pottle 1196
Labour Mrs B Hill 606
Majority 1179
Wednesfield North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Miss J Walton 1799
Labour J Woodward 1780
Conservative G Jones 1399
Conservative Mrs H Phillips 1225
Alliance M Pearson 857
Alliance Mrs J Lamb 743
Wednesfield South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mrs L Leader 2012
Conservative Mrs R Ball 1046
Alliance J Speakman 639
Majority 966