Things you should know before you create a petition

Please note

  • we will not publish your address or that of any signatory
  • you can create a petition if you live, work or study in the relevant council area
  • signatures from outside the relevant area must be discounted.

Information you need to include

Every petition, whether paper or online, needs to include:

  • a short headline title to say what the petition is about
  • a clear and concise statement about the subject of the petition – this should describe what action the petitioner wishes the Council to take.
  • your own name and address. The name and location of each signatory are also recorded.
  • online petitions must include the starting and closing date of the petition. You can change the closing date later if you need to.

Things you can’t include

A petition must be submitted in good faith. You must not include:

  • potentially libellous, false or defamatory statements
  • matters where the law has said that we must do certain things
  • information protected by a court order (such as the identities of children in custody disputes)
  • matters which are subject to appeal processes or legal actions (such as planning appeals, enforcement action or other legal actions in court etc)
  • material which is commercially sensitive, confidential or which may cause personal distress or loss
  • the names of individual officials of public bodies
  • the names of individuals, or information where they may be easily identified, in relation to criminal accusations.

If you create a petition that does not follow these requirements, it will not be accepted. We will let you know why, and you will have the chance to change it.


Once you create a petition, we will do our best to approve and publish it within five working days, when it will become a public document accessible via the website.

You might want to set your deadline for signatures to occur in advance of meetings of the relevant council.

In the six weeks before an election local authorities cannot publish any material which may support any political party or a point of view which may be associated with any political party.

Who can sign my petition?

Please note: A petition may only be signed by those who live, work or study in East Sussex. Each signatory to a petition should include their name and address (business, home or place of study).