With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the horizon, the Lancashire town is throwing its hat into the ring to become a city, joining Crewe, Doncaster and Warwick.
Blackburn, which has a cathedral, had previously applied for city status in 2002, but nearby Preston claimed the title instead.
Warrington is voting at its 8 November cabinet meeting on whether to apply for the honour, but it is understood that the motion to submit an application will be approved.
In a report to the cabinet, council leader Russ Bowden noted that Warrington had “a strong case” for city status due to its economic performance, growing population and pride in heritage.
As a city, the towns would hope to raise their profile and be able to attract more inward investment.
The Queen will give at least one town city status next year as part of the celebrations of her reign.
Those communities looking to become a city have until 8 December to enter their bid. Southend-on-Sea has already secured its position as the country’s 52nd city, a decision made to honour MP Sir David Amess, who was killed in October.