Creating a petition

Petitioning is one of the most direct ways to suggest how something could change. Petitions can:

You can submit a petition using our online petitions system, on paper, or a combination of the two.

Petitions from other websites are not accepted by the Petitions Committee.

If you are considering collecting signatures on paper, you should contact us in advance for advice. A template can also be provided.

How petitions work

  1. You create a petition. Only people or organisations with an address in Wales can create a petition.
  2. You get 2 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.
  3. We check your petition, then publish it in Welsh and English. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions (see below).
  4. People can only sign a petition once. If they sign the petition online, they will be sent an email to verify their signature. People cannot sign both an online and a paper petition.
  5. The Petitions Committee reviews all petitions that collect over 50 signatures. They will decide what they can do to help take the petition forward. This can include exploring the issue and pressing for action from the Welsh Government and others.
  6. If your petition gets over 5,000 signatures, the Petitions Committee will consider asking for a debate in the Senedd chamber. The Committee will consider a number of factors, including the issues raised by the petition, the urgency of the situation and the proportion of signatures which come from within Wales.

The Petitions Committee

As part of their consideration of your petition, the Petitions Committee can:

Standards for petitions

You can submit a petition on any issue that is the responsibility of the Senedd or the Welsh Government.

Petitions must call for a specific action from the Senedd or Welsh Government.

Petitions can disagree with the Welsh Government and can ask for it to change its policies. Petitions can be critical of the Senedd or Welsh Government.

We reject petitions that don’t meet the rules. If we reject your petition, we will tell you why. If we can, we will suggest other ways you could raise your issue.

We’ll have to reject your petition if:

We publish the text of petitions that we reject, as long as they’re not:

You can find the full rules governing the petitions process here.

Handing in your petition

We offer the opportunity for you to hand in your petition once it has finished collecting signatures, and before it is discussed by the Petitions Committee. This is an informal occasion to speak to the Chair and other Members of the Committee about the background to the petition.

Petition handovers take place at the Senedd on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the Senedd is sitting and last approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Photographs are taken and can be published on the Committee’s webpage and social media.

If you have any other questions, please get in touch.