Petitions

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5. How many names should be on the petition

There is no maximum number of names on a petition. On average we would expect the minimum to be 20, however, this depends on the particular issue. If there are less than 20 names the petition will be treated as a letter and you will receive a response within 10 working days.

If the petition has between 20 and 750 signatures it will be referred to the relevant committee.

If the petition contains at least 750 signatures, the relevant Portfolio Holder or relevant senior officer will address a meeting of the council’s relevant committee which is open to the public. Committee members will ask the questions at this meeting, but you will be able to suggest questions to the chair of this committee or a committee member by contacting democratic services on 01392 265275 or committee.services@exeter.gov.uk up to three working days before the meeting.

If the petition contains more than 2,000 signatures it will be debated by the full Council, unless it’s a petition asking for a Portfolio Holder or senior council officer to give evidence at a meeting open to the public. This means that the issue raised in the petition will be discussed at a council meeting which all councillors can attend. The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition at the council meeting and the petition will then be discussed by councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes. We will decide how to respond to the petition at this meeting. We may decide to take the action the petition requests, not to take the action requested for reasons put forward in the debate, or to commission further investigation into the matter, for example by a relevant scrutiny committee. The petition organiser will receive confirmation of this decision. This confirmation will also be published on our website.