Terms and conditions for petitions

Who can submit a petition?

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Surrey may create and submit a petition to Surrey County Council.

What petitions must include

The petition must refer to a matter that is relevant to the functions of the county council. Petitions submitted to the council must include:
  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition;
  • a statement about what action the petitioners wish the council to take;
  • the name and address and signature of any person supporting the petition;
  • 100 signatures or more for petition to be referred to the Cabinet, Cabinet Member or Committee (if less than 100 signatures, please see: Questions about petitions - If you do not have 100 signatures).

What is not allowed

A petition will not be accepted where:
  • it is considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate. If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above, the council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to you to explain the reasons;
  • it refers to a development plan, specific planning or right of way matter;
  • it refers to a decision for which there is an existing right of appeal, for example school admissions;
  • it is a duplicate or near duplicate of a similar petition received or submitted within the last 12 months.
Further information on the county council's procedures and how you can express your views are available here:

More information

Further details of the process for submitting, receiving and responding to petitions are set out in the step by step guide and Surrey County Council's petition scheme.

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  • Updated: 08 May 2014
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