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What will the council do when it receives my petition?

An acknowledgement will be sent to the petition organiser within 10 working days of receiving the petition. It will let them know what is planned to happen to the petition and when they can expect to hear from the Council again. Details of the petition and how it is to be handled will also be published on the Council's website.

If the Council can take the action that the petition asks for, the acknowledgement may confirm that the action requested has been taken. In those instances, the petition will be closed. If the petition has enough signatures to trigger a council debate, or a senior officer giving evidence, then the acknowledgment will confirm this and tell you when and where the meeting will take place. If the petition needs more investigation, the petition's organiser will be told how this will be achieved.

If the petition applies to a planning or licensing application, is a statutory petition (for example requesting a referendum on having an elected mayor), or on a matter where there is already an existing right of appeal, such as council tax banding and non-domestic rates, other procedures apply. Further information on planning and licensing matters and on how you can express your views is available at:

For information on any other procedures, please contact the Democratic Services Section on 020 8770 5120 or email

Action will not be taken on any petition which the Executive Head of Legal and Democratic Services considers vexatious, abusive or otherwise inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate petitions include those that relate to ongoing legal proceedings or that target individual members of a community. There are also certain matters that have been specifically excluded by law under this petitions scheme because procedures already exist for people to have their say. These include petitions about planning applications or an alcohol, gambling or sex establishment licensing decision. (Local Authorities (Petitions)(England) Order 2010. The reasons for this decision will be explained when the council acknowledges receipt of the petition.

To ensure that people know what the Council is doing in response to the petitions that have been received, details of all the petitions submitted to the Council will be published on the website, except in cases where this would be inappropriate. Such cases might include data protection, libel and other statutory requirements such as compliance with equalities and anti discrimination legislation. Wherever possible all correspondence relating to the petition will also be published but all personal details will be removed. When you sign an e-petition you can elect to receive this information by email. The Council will not send you anything that is not relevant to the e-petition you have signed unless you choose to receive other emails from us.