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We welcome petitions as they’re another way people can let us know about their concerns.

Petitions must relate to a function of the council and can be submitted in hard copy format or as an e-petition. Please send these to Democratic Services either in writing or by email to at least five clear working days before the council meeting.
Petitions must include:

  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition
  • the action the petitioners wish the council to take
  • the name and address and signature of any person supporting the petition who lives, works or studies in Norwich.
  • At least 50 signatures

They should have contact details (including an address) for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how they can present their petition to a meeting of full council. A petitioner can only present one petition in any six month period.
If the petition is a statutory one (for example requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor), or relates to a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal (eg council tax banding and non-domestic rates), other procedures apply.
Please note – petitions will not be accepted if they relate to a planning, licensing or similar application. Petitions will also not be accepted if it is substantially the same as a petition that has been presented at a meeting of full council in the past six months.
Petitions considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. In the period immediately before an election (known as the pre-election period) or a referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently. If this is the case we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply.
If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact democratic services at


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