Submitting a petition

The Council welcomes petitions and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns.

All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement within 10 working days of receipt. This acknowledgement will set out what we plan to do with the petition.

We will treat something as a petition if it is identified as being a petition, or if it seems to us that it is intended to be a petition.

Paper petitions can be sent to:

Democratic Services, Floor 2 Old Town Hall, Blackburn, BB1 7DY.

The Council will respond to all the petitions it receives. We will be as flexible as we can when handling your petition so that it is considered quickly and in the most appropriate way.

There are three types of petitions:

  • 'ordinary' petitions - These must be signed by at least 50* people and will be debated by the Executive Board. The Chief Executive has discretion to ask the relevant Chief Officer to consider in exceptional circumstances petitions of less than 50 that call for local action. The primary criteria being the low number of residents affected being determined by general circumstances.
  • petitions requiring debate - petitions which contain 4,200 signatures or more will be debated by the full council
  • petitions to hold council employees to account - petitions which call for evidence from a senior council employee and have at least 2,100 signatures will trigger that response.

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough of Blackburn with Darwen can submit a petition.

Guidelines for submitting a petition

Petitions submitted to the Council must include:

  • a clear and concise statement covering the subject of the petition - it should state what action the petitioners wish the Council to take
  • the name and address and signature of any person supporting the petition.

Petitions should be accompanied by contact details (including an address) for the petition organiser. This is the person we will contact to explain how we will respond to the petition. The contact details of the petition organiser will not be placed on the website. If the petition does not identify a petition organiser, we will contact signatories to the petition to agree who should act as the petition organiser.

Petitions which are considered to be distressing, abusive or otherwise inappropriate will not be accepted. In the period immediately before an election or referendum we may need to deal with your petition differently – if this is the case we will explain the reasons and discuss the revised timescale which will apply. If a petition does not follow the guidelines set out above, the Council may decide not to do anything further with it. In that case, we will write to you to explain the reasons.