A way to get involved
Taking part in a petition is one way to get involved in what the Council does. It gives Councillors a chance to consider an informed debate and the need for change. An individual or a business can start a petition to raise an issue of public concern. A community group or organisation can also do this, through an individual acting on their behalf.
Through our website, you can
Before you start a petition, you should read the criteria on the next page and download the guidance below. Only those that meet the rules will be considered.
Level of support
The Petitions Committee considers petitions from a member of the public or a local business.
A petition by an individual will be looked at if it is supported by at least 500 people. All must be on the electoral register and live in the City of Edinburgh Council area. The Convener has the power to declare a petition signed by more than 250 people valid, if it relates to a local issue or a community of interest.
A petition by a business must have the support of 20 businesses on the valuation roll.
The views expressed in the petitions do not necessarily reflect those of the City of Edinburgh Council. The Council will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising in any way from the use of, or reliance on the contents of, the Council's e-petition web pages. The Council accepts both paper and electronic petitions from the public but does not promote or discourage them. Petition organisers are responsible for publicising any petition they wish to organise.