Petitions and e-petitions: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out everything you need to know about submitting a petition to the Council.

If you don't have your own e-mail address but still want to sign an e-petition you can be added as an 'offline signatory'. Contact Clare Pinnock, Carol Holehouse or Petitions
You may want to discuss your issue with your local Councillor before raising a petition. They may be able to help you or explain how to make representations on a particular subject to the right person at the Council.
Anyone who lives, works or studies in Runnymede, including under 18s can sign or create a petition.
mySociety builds websites which give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. It is strictly neutral on political issues, and is run by registered charity UKCOD (no. 1076346). mySociety's role was in designing and building the petition software to be as easy to use, as transparent and as trustworthy as possible.
Petitions submitted to the Council inform debate and can have positive outcomes that lead to change.
information on Signature thresholds.
An e-petition is a form of petition on a website. Individuals or groups can create a petition on the site and visitors can add their details to the petition to 'sign' it. The format makes it easy to collect signatures, and it also makes it easier for us to respond direct using e-mail. You can also have a paper version of the petition running alongside the e-petition for people without internet access. Their signatures will be added as 'offline' signatures by the Petitions Officer.
If the petition contains more than 1,500 signatures the lead petitioner or spokesperson for the petition will be invited to attend the full Council meeting. They may speak to the Council meeting about the petition for up to five minutes. The petition will be discussed for a maximum of 15 minutes and may be referred without discussion to the next appropriate meeting of a relevant Committee for a report on what action should be taken, or a response may be made at the meeting. If the petition is referred to a future meeting, we will let you know when that meeting will be.
There is no theoretical difference, only the way in which the signatures are collected and delivered. A petition can gather names and addresses in either or both forms, though once someone has signed a petition in one format, they cannot sign it in another. Some people may consider e-petitions more convenient as they can then gather 'signatures' via e-mail rather than having to gain signatures in person and the e-petition is submitted online instead of being posted. E-petitions have the added benefit of being published online for a wider audience to view.
Petitions can also be presented to local committees of the Surrey County Council. The minimum number of signatures varies between local committees, depending on their local protocol. Please contact the Cabinet Business Manager for guidance about submitting a petition to the County Council Surrey County Council's e-petitions site.