Petition Process

We value your input

A petition is a way for you, your neighbours and fellow community members to share concerns or issues with Council.

Before submitting a petition, it is encouraged to research the matter by contacting the City departments responsible to learn the jurisdictional authority, background information and be updated on potential plans, policies or bylaws that may already be in place regarding the matter. Petitioners may also learn of ongoing work addressing the matter, thus saving the petition process for work already planned, budgeted and approved or under future consideration by Council. 

Another alternative process to petitions is members of the public may also submit a letter to Council or an advisory body to have it placed on the permanent public record and be considered at the next available meeting, without the need to gather individual names and addresses for a formal petition. 

To submit a petition to Council, your request must: 

  • address the council or a committee
  • contain the full names and residential addresses of the petitioners (signatures are not required but recommended)
  • be received by the Legislative Services' office by Tuesday at noon, before the council meeting
  • be legible and use respectful language
  • each page of the petition must:
    • state the subject matter suggested, supported or opposed; and
    • contain a privacy disclosure statement (see below)

Notice: All original pages completed by petitioners must be submitted by mail or in person before the Council meeting date is confirmed. Digital petitions are not accepted.

Legislative Services
4949 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC, V5G 1M2

Email: [email protected]
Fax: 604-294-7537

Privacy statement

By signing a petition that is submitted to a public body, your personal information including your name, address and other personal contact information becomes part of the public record. Personal information is collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of British Columbia.

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Legislative Services (formerly City Clerk's Office)

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