UK-wide, national and regional referendums

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) establishes a fixed legal framework for the conduct of any referendum held across the UK, or a referendum held in Scotland, Wales, England or Northern Ireland. It also applies to regional referendums within England.  

Petition for elected mayoral referendums

Under the Local Government Act 2000, it is possible to petition the Council to hold a referendum on whether or not there should be a directly elected Mayor for the borough.  A valid petition must include the signatures of at least 5% of local government electors in Bromley.  This is known as the 'verification number'.  Regulations require the council to publish the verification number based on the number of local government electors on the electoral register on 15 February 2017.

The verification number to be used for determining the validity of petitions presented for the constitutional change in the London Borough of Bromley is 11,848.

This figure will be effective from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Other referendums

Referendums are now regularly used by local councils to test public opinion on local issues. These referendums are not regulated by law and we have no responsibility for the conduct or other aspects of such referendums.

Electoral services


Tel: 0300 303 8665

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH