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Petition scheme

The Council welcomes petitions from those who live, work, or study in the Forest of Dean and recognises that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns or the strength of public feeling.

All petitions sent or presented to the Council will receive an acknowledgement from the Council 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.

Submit 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, which must be not fewer than 10 persons.

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. 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.

View our petition scheme which contains further information about submitting petitions and what will happen after you have done so, as well as some matters which are excluded from the scheme, by law.

Details of petitions received and of the Council's response are available to view:

Please send paper petitions to: Democratic Services, Forest of Dean District Council, High Street, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8HG

Submit a petition online

An e-petition can also be submitted online, allowing you to reach a wider audience. Once approved, you will be able to log in, view and monitor your petition. To submit a new e-petition, or view a current or completed e-petition visit:

E-petitions must follow the same guidelines as paper petitions.

Present a petition to a Council meeting

You can also present a petition at a council meeting or make a request for a councillor or representative to present it on your behalf.

You will need to contact the democratic services team at least 10 days before the meeting, which take place 6 times per year. To view meeting dates please:

If your petition has received 800 or more signatures it will also be scheduled for a council debate at Full Council, either at the same meeting or at a later date.

For more information please:

Verification number for a constitutional change

Regulations made under the Local Government Act 2000 require every local authority to publish a verification number which is equal to five percent of the local government electorate on 15 February every year.

This figure represents the number of signatures needed on a petition to hold a referendum to decide whether the authority's political structure should be subject to a constitutional change to operate a mayor and cabinet executive or the committee system.

The notice is available in the downloads section on the right hand side of this page.