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Verification number for petitions

If you live in our districts, you can legally petition the council to hold a referendum to change our governance.  Under the Local Government Act 2000, the petition will need to be signed by at least 5 per cent of residents living within the district.

The verification number for 2021 is 5519 – this number is applicable from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

For more information, please download our publication of verification number document.

In any given year, there is a short period of time when there is one of two figures that can be used. This is between publication of the number and 31 March that same year. During that time, the alternative number that can be used is the one that was published the previous February. Councils must use the lower of these two numbers as the verification number for any petition submitted during that period.

If the verification number for the previous year is required please email the Electoral Services team at