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, or 30 signatures or more to be referred to a Local Committee.

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 six months.

(Please note that there is a separate process for representation if your petition relates to a planning application. This would be considered as part of the decision making process, so you should send your petition to the Planning Development Team by post to Planning Development Team, Surrey County Council, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7QQ. Alternatively, you could send a scan of the petition to mwcd@surreycc.gov.uk)

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 can be found here:

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