People's rights

Petitions for an elected mayor of Devon

The Local Authority (Referendums) (Petitions & Directions) (England) Regulations 2000. Petitions for an Elected Mayor.

The Local Government Act 2000 provides that persons who favour a Council having an elected mayor may petition that Council. If the petition is signed by a number equal to 5% of the local government electors for the Council’s area, then a Council must hold a referendum on the question.

The total number equal to 5% of the local government electors for the County of Devon shown in the revised registers published by District Councils and listed below as at 15 February 2015 is 29301 and shall apply to any petitions to the County Council submitted between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.

District Council Electors Address (Electoral Registration Officer)

North Devon             3709    Civic Centre, North Walk, Barnstaple EX31 1EA

Torridge                   2558    Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon EX39 2QG

West Devon              2169    Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock PL19 0BZ

East Devon                5135    Council Offices, Knowle, Sidmouth EX10 8HL

Mid Devon                 2962    Phoenix House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6PP

Teignbridge               5069    Forde House, Brunel Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 4XX

South Hams               3365    Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE

Exeter City                 4334    Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JN

Devon County (Total)  29301    County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD

The figures outlined above for individual District Councils also will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of Petitions in the same period to those Councils.

Any such petition can be delivered in person or sent by post to the appropriate address, as shown above.

The Government has made some regulations about the form valid petitions must take. For advice please contact the relevant Council. For Devon County Council, please email

Jan Shadbolt (County Solicitor)

20 February 2015