Step-by-step guide to making petitions

Step 1: Create your petition

You will be asked to give your name, organisation (if you represent one), address and email address, and the title and text of your petition. You will also be asked to give a short, one-word name for your petition. This will be used to give your petition a unique URL (website address) that you can use to publicise your petition if you wish.

You will be able to specify a start and finish date for your petition, and we can host your petition for up to 1 year.

Step 2: Submit your petition

Once you have submitted your petition, you will receive an email asking you to click a link to confirm. Your proposed petition will then be delivered to the council.

Step 3: Petition approval

Officials will check your petition to make sure that it meets the basic requirements set out in our terms and conditions.

If for any reason we cannot accept the petition, we will write to you to explain why. You will be able to edit and resubmit your petition if you wish.

Once your petition is approved, we will email you to let you know; this will usually happen within five working days, although during busy periods this may take longer.

If we cannot approve your amended petition, we will write to you again to explain our reason(s).

Any petitions that are rejected or not resubmitted will be published on this website, along with the reason(s) why it was rejected. Any content that is offensive or illegal or clearly spam will be left out. Every petition that is received will be acknowledged on this website.

Step 4: Petition live

Once your petition is live, you will be able to publicise the URL you chose when you created your petition, and anyone will be able to come to the website and sign it. As the petition creator, your name and your organisation, if you have specified one, will be displayed.

People who wish to sign a petition will be asked to give their name and address and an email address that we can verify. The system is designed to identify duplicate names and addresses, and will not allow someone to sign a petition more than once. Anyone signing a petition will be sent an email asking them to click a link to confirm that they have signed the petition. Once they have done this, their name will be added to the petition.

Your petition will show the total number of signatures received. It will also display the names of signatories, unless they have opted not to be shown.

Step 5: Petition close

If the council responds, it will be emailed to everyone who has signed the e-petition. The response will also be published on this website.