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Guidelines for submitting a petition

Petitions submitted to the council must relate to a function of the council.

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.

They should have contact details (including an address) for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition.

The contact details of the petition organiser will not be placed on the council’s website. If the petition does not identify an organiser, we will contact signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.

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 considered to be vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. In the period immediately before an election (known as purdah) 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 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.