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We welcome petitions and recognise that they are a way for people to let us know their concerns. Petitions may be signed by people who live, work or study in Middlesbrough.

If we receive a petition about an issue which we're already consulting with residents about, the petitions scheme will be suspended for that petition.

The petitions scheme will not consider a petition in relation to any matter relating to planning or licensing matters.

To find out more about making a representation (comment) about a planning decision, email, or to comment or object to a planning application visit the Citizen Portal Planning website.

Please note, planning will not take any comments into account that aren't made directly to planning in relation to the application. Any comments made in advance of the planning application being submitted, before people can view plans and understand the scheme, will not be considered.

To find out more about making a representation (comment) against a licensing application, please contact the Licensing team by email to

Our petitions scheme sets out how petitions can be submitted and explains how we will deal with them. A brief summary is given below

Responding to petitions


All petitions sent or presented to the council will be acknowledged within 10 working days. The petition organiser will be told what we plan to do with the petition and when they can expect to hear from us again.

When we receive a petition it'll be sent to the relevant director or head of service for consideration, and the petition organiser will be told what, if anything, the council will do in response. If a petition relates to a planning or licensing application, then it'll be sent to the relevant committee for consideration at the time that the application is considered.

If a petition contains more than 500 signatures it will be debated at a meeting of the full council. The petition organiser will be given five minutes to present the petition at the council meeting and it will then be discussed by councillors for a maximum of 15 minutes.

Electronic or e-petitions


Paper petitions


Petitions should start with the words "We the undersigned call on the council to..." and should appear at the top of every page of the petition.

The petition must include:

  • A clear and concise statement explaining the subject of the petition. It should also state what action the petitioners wish the council to take.
  • The name, address and signature of those people supporting the petition.

Petitions should be accompanied by contact details, including an address, for the petition organiser. This is the person that the council will reply to.



Petitions are logged and coordinated by the Democratic Services team. You can contact them by calling 01642 729659 or emailing

Alternatively you can write to:
Middlesbrough Council
Democratic Services
PO Box 503
Town Hall