Thinking of submitting a petition?

Before considering whether to raise a petition to Arun District Council, it is recommended that you discuss your issue with your local ward councillor who may be able to help you with it or explain how to make representations on a particular subject to the right person at the council.

Who can take part in a petition?

Anyone who lives or works in Arun can submit or sign a petition provided it includes at least 10 signatures.

What should the petition be about?

The petition should concern an issue which is relevant to the council or which affects a specific area in the district or its residents. It cannot relate to planning or licensing applications or decisions where there is an existing right of appeal. To find out more about the petitions scheme please read Petitions Scheme as amended at Full Council on 8 January 2014.pdf [pdf] 56KB. You can view a summary of petitions received since 2013 by clicking here:

Summary of Petitions Received - 21 July 2021.pdf [pdf] 444KB

Summary of Petitions Received - as at 25 March 2021.pdf [pdf] 443KB

What should the petition include?

Petitions should be worded clearly and concicely, giving the nature of the petition, and what action the petitioners are asking the council to take. They should include the full name, address and signature of anyone supporting the petition. A sample covering sheet.pdf [pdf] 15KB  and sample petition sheet.pdf [pdf] 11KB  for signatures are available for use, should you require them.

What happens after I submit my petition?

Once a petition has been received, we will acknowledge it within ten working days, explaining what will happen next. Your petition may be rejected (see below) and, if this is the case, we will inform you. If your petition is accepted, details of the petition will also be published on the council's website. Petitions containing more then 1,500 signatures are debated at a full council meeting, unless the petition has asked for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting.

Why are petitions rejected?

Petitions may be rejected if they do not conform to the above requirements, are considered to be vexatious, abusive or inappropriate, refer to a planning or licensing application, or refer to a decision where there is an existing right of appeal or other procedure in place (eg, council tax banding).  A petition pay also be rejected if it is a statutory petition (for example, requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor).

  • an acknowledgement will be sent to the petition organiser within 10 working days of receipt - this will explain what the council plans to do with the petition and when we will be in contact again.
  • details of the petition will be published on our website.
  • a petition that contains more than 1,500 signatures will be debated by a Full Council Meeting, unless it has asked for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting

How can I find out more?

Please contact committees on:

Tel: 01903 737611


or write to us at the Civic Centre.