Uttlesford District Council welcomes petitions. This page gives information on how they can be submitted and how you can expect your petition to be dealt with.

In order for a petition to be considered, it must be "properly constituted".

This means it must satisfy one or more of the following conditions:

  • Be signed by no fewer than 50 individuals who are electors of the district of Uttlesford
  • Be signed by the chairman of no fewer than five councils of parishes within the Uttlesford district
  • Be signed by no fewer than half the electors of any single parish within the district of Uttlesford whether or not the parish has a parish council

A properly constituted petition will be included on the agenda for the next available meeting of the committee or other body considered the most appropriate by the Chief Executive. However, if the subject matter of the petition does not clearly fit within the remit of any single committee or body, of if the petition is seeking the review of a decision made by a committee or by Full Council, then the Chief Executive will refer the petition to the Scrutiny Committee.

The council will invite a representative of the petition to speak at the meeting which considers the petition.

The council is not obliged to consider any petition which, in the opinion of the chairman of the council considers vexatious or repetitious.

Verification number for petitions

The Council is required each year to publish a figure equivalent to 5% of the number of local government electors in the district as at 15 February. The reason for publishing this figure is to determine the number of electors who are required to sign any petition sent to the Council relating to the form of governance operated by the Council. The Council is required to hold a referendum if the proper officer is satisfied that a petition is valid.

Notice of public verification number

Petitions received

Uttlesford District Council welcomes petitions and recognises that they are one way in which people can inform the council of their concerns within their community.

Any petitions accepted by the council under the council's petition scheme will be included on the Petitions received page.


Additional information

Please contact Democratic and Electoral Services, on 01799 510433 or at if you have any questions about petitions.

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Democratic and Electoral Services
Uttlesford District Council
London Road
Saffron Walden
CB11 4ER