Petitions are one way that residents of Moray can let the council know their concerns.
Submitting a Petition
The petition must be relevant to a matter over which the council has authority or provides a service.
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.
- signatures of 50 persons resident in, and registered on the electoral register for Moray.
Petitions should be sent as a signed hard copy to the contact detailed below.
It may be that petitions have already been submitted on the subject that you are petitioning about.
A register of petitions previously submitted is available to view.
What happens when you submit a petition?
When a petition is submitted to the council, we will write to you to acknowledge receipt of the petition and the next steps.
As long as the petition meets the required criteria laid out in the guidance provided, (354kb, PDF) it will be heard at an initial hearing during the next appropriate scheduled committee meeting. The person submitting the petition (petitioner) will be invited to introduce their petition to the committee who will consider the issue.
The committee may then make a decision at this hearing or ask for a full hearing at a future date and may ask council officers from the appropriate council service to provide more information about the issue to which the petition raises.
Full information about the process of how the petition is heard and how we will correspond with the petitioner can be found in the petition process (446kb, PDF).
Democratic Services Manager
Legal and Democratic Services
The Moray Council, Council Offices
High Street, Elgin