A referendum is a vote on a single issue.

Each referendum has different rules on who can vote in it.

To vote in a referendum you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the referendum (polling day)
  • be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK or Gibraltar (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting
  • The entire electorate is asked to accept or reject a particular proposal.

A referendum can be called if a petition is submitted to the local authority containing the signatures of 5% of the electorate in our Register of Electors (as at 15 February in any given year).

The current figure can be found in the number of electors signatures required for petition 2021 [pdf] 11KB

Neighbourhood plan referendums

Neighbourhood development plan referendums will be held in a number of parishes within the Arun district over the coming years. For more information, please see our Neighbourhood planning page.