Petition Templates and Samples

Check out our free guides and examples on how to format a petition. Use any of the petition outlines or layouts below and edit in Google docs, Microsoft word, or in our Start a Petition page to add your personal narrative. These examples were provided by ChatGPT and should be tailored to your petition topic before use. 

In this Guide:

Petition Template 1

[Petition Headline]

[Explain the issue and your connection to it]

[Include background information, any recent changes, or the way things were before]

[Explain who is impacted by the change you’re seeking, how it will impact their lives. Include more of your personal experience if it makes sense to do so]

[Summarize and end with a call to action, make it clear why people should sign your petition]

Petition Template 2

[Petition Headline]


Introduction: Understanding the Significance

Introduce the chosen topic and its relevance in the present context. Highlight why addressing this issue is crucial for individuals and the community as a whole.

The Issue Unveiled: [Chosen Topic] in Focus

Present a clear and concise overview of the issue at hand. Provide relevant statistics or evidence to emphasize the issue’s impact.

Exploring the Consequences: Why Action is Imperative

Detail the potential consequences of neglecting the chosen topic. Discuss how these consequences can negatively affect various aspects of society.

Proposed Solutions: Steps Towards Change

Present actionable solutions to tackle the chosen topic.

[Customized Action Point 1]

[Customized Action Point 2]

[Customized Action Point 3]

Explain the feasibility and potential effectiveness of each solution.

Visualizing a Better Future: Benefits of Addressing [Chosen Topic]

Describe the positive outcomes that can result from implementing the proposed solutions. Paint a vivid picture of how these outcomes can bring about positive change.

Uniting for Progress: Rallying Support

Call for collective action and involvement from the community. Provide ways in which individuals can contribute to the cause, such as signing the petition, volunteering, or spreading awareness.

Conclusion: The Time for Change is Now

Reiterate the urgency of addressing the chosen topic. Conclude with a strong call to action, motivating readers to join the movement for positive change.

Through concerted efforts and a commitment to finding solutions, we can pave the way for a brighter future, where the impacts of [Chosen Topic] are diminished, and our society thrives.

Petition Template 3

[Petition Headline]

I. Introduction

[Brief explanation of the petition’s purpose]

[Importance of addressing the chosen topic]

II. Background

[Provide context about the issue at hand]

[Highlight its significance to the community/society/environment]

III. Issue Statement

[Clearly define the problem being addressed]

[Emphasize its impact and potential consequences]

IV. Call to Action

Outline specific actions that need to be taken

[Customized Action Point 1]

[Customized Action Point 2]

[Customized Action Point 3]

V. Benefits of Action

[Describe the positive outcomes that can result from taking action]

[Explain how these outcomes will improve the situation]

VI. Support and Participation

[Encourage public support and involvement]

[Highlight how individuals can contribute to the cause]

VII. Conclusion

[Reiterate the importance of addressing the chosen topic]

[Express gratitude for considering the petition]

By working together and taking meaningful steps, we can bring about positive change and create a better future for all.

Sample Petition using a Personal Story

Increase Accessibility for People with Disabilities

We, the undersigned, kindly request that [Name of Public Institution/Organization] take immediate action to improve accessibility for people with disabilities within our community.

As a person with a disability myself, I have personally experienced the challenges and barriers that arise due to limited accessibility. It is disheartening to be unable to fully participate in everyday activities that many take for granted. My own experience of trying to navigate [mention specific situations: public transportation, public facilities, educational institutions, etc.] has highlighted the urgent need for change.

These difficulties are not limited to me alone; countless members of our community face similar challenges daily. By improving accessibility, we are not only ensuring equal rights and opportunities for everyone but also fostering a more inclusive and diverse environment for all community members.

We kindly request that [Name of Public Institution/Organization] takes the following steps:

Conduct a thorough accessibility audit to identify areas that need improvement.

Implement necessary physical modifications to public spaces, including ramps, handrails, and accessible restrooms.

Provide disability awareness training to staff members to ensure respectful and helpful interactions.

Ensure all digital platforms and information are accessible to people with various disabilities.

Establish an ongoing dialogue with the disability community to address evolving accessibility needs.

By undertaking these measures, [Name of Public Institution/Organization] will be demonstrating its commitment to creating an inclusive community where everyone can thrive regardless of their abilities. We, the undersigned, urge you to take prompt action in making these changes a reality.

Together, we can build a more accessible and equitable future for all.

Customizable petition in the form of  a letter to a company

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Email Address]

[Phone Number]


[Company Official’s Name]

[Company Name]

[Company Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

Subject: Petition to Improve [Specific Issue] at [Company Name]

Dear [Company Official’s Name],

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing as a concerned customer and supporter of [Company Name], and I wish to address an issue that has been impacting my experience as well as that of many others. I truly value the products and services your company provides, and I believe in your commitment to excellence.

The purpose of this letter is to humbly request your attention and action toward the matter of [Specific Issue]. This issue has caught the attention of a significant portion of your customer base, and we believe that addressing it would greatly enhance our overall experience with [Company Name].

[Provide a clear and concise description of the specific issue you are addressing. Be specific about what the issue is, how it affects customers, and why it needs to be resolved.]

I understand that managing a company as reputable as [Company Name] involves numerous challenges, and I appreciate the hard work your team puts into ensuring customer satisfaction. However, I believe that by addressing [Specific Issue], [Company Name] can further solidify its position as an industry leader and continue to earn the loyalty of its customers.

I kindly request the following actions:

[Specify the action you want the company to take in relation to the issue. Provide a clear and actionable solution.]

[If applicable, suggest any additional steps or improvements that could enhance the resolution.]

I, along with the undersigned customers who share my concerns, kindly urge you to consider our petition and take the necessary steps to rectify [Specific Issue]. We believe that your commitment to delivering exceptional products and services aligns with our desire for an improved customer experience.

Thank you for taking the time to read and consider our petition. We look forward to a positive response and the continued success of [Company Name]. Please feel free to reach out to me at [Email Address] or [Phone Number] if you would like to discuss this matter further.


[Your Name]

[Add additional page of signatures of signers]

Letter to city council for a neighborhood change

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Email Address]

[Phone Number]


[Recipient’s Name]

[Recipient’s Title]

[City Department of Transportation]

[City Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

Subject: Petition for Installation of a Speed Bump in [Neighborhood Name]

Dear [Recipient’s Name],

I am writing to express the concerns of myself and fellow residents of [Neighborhood Name] regarding the ongoing issue of speeding vehicles within our community. We believe that the installation of a speed bump on [Street Name] would greatly enhance the safety and well-being of our neighborhood.

As you are aware, [Neighborhood Name] is a family-oriented community with numerous children, pedestrians, and pets that frequently traverse the area. Unfortunately, the current speed limit is often exceeded by motorists, putting the lives of our residents at risk. We believe that a speed bump strategically placed on [Street Name] would serve as an effective traffic calming measure, encouraging drivers to slow down and adhere to the posted speed limit.

By signing this petition, we, the undersigned residents of [Neighborhood Name], respectfully request the following actions:

Conduct a comprehensive traffic study on [Street Name] to assess the extent of the speeding issue and its impact on safety.

Based on the study’s findings, evaluate the feasibility of installing a speed bump at an appropriate location on [Street Name].

Collaborate with local law enforcement to monitor and enforce the speed limit once the speed bump is installed.

Prioritize the safety and well-being of [Neighborhood Name] residents by taking prompt action to address this concern.

We understand that any changes to road infrastructure require careful consideration and planning. However, we firmly believe that the installation of a speed bump aligns with the city’s commitment to promoting safe and livable communities. We are ready to cooperate, participate, and support the implementation process in any way possible.

We kindly request the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this matter further and share additional insights from our community. Your expertise and guidance in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your attention to this pressing matter. We look forward to your positive response and the potential improvement in the safety of our neighborhood.


[Your Name]

[Your Signature]

[Additional Signature Lines for Other Residents]

For a letter-writing campaign in support of a petition

You can use this template if you’re running a campaign and need your supporters to reach out with mass communication. For example, if your petition is supporting a bill being voted on in Congress, and you want your supporters to write letters to their representatives telling them why they support the bill and encouraging them to vote “yes,” you could provide a customized letter template in a campaign update to your signers and ask that they fill in their name and the reason why the bill is important to them, before sending to their representative.

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

[Email Address]

[Phone Number]


[Official’s Name]

[Official’s Title]

[Official’s Address]

[City, State, ZIP Code]

Subject: Urgent Action Needed to Address [Issue]

Dear [Official’s Name],

I hope this letter finds you in good health. I am writing to you as a concerned constituent and a passionate advocate for [cause/issue]. I believe that our community’s future and well-being depend on the decisions you make as our elected representative.

[Share a personal story or experience related to the issue, if applicable.]

It is with a sense of urgency that I call upon you to address the pressing issue of [briefly describe the issue and its impact on the community or individuals]. The current situation demands immediate attention and effective measures to ensure the welfare of our community members.

I urge you to consider the following actions:

[Provide a clear and concise action point, supported by reasons or evidence.]

[Include another action point, if applicable.]

[Add any additional action points that are relevant.]

As my elected representative, you have the power to influence positive change and champion the needs of your constituents. By taking these actions, you will not only demonstrate your commitment to our community’s well-being but also leave a lasting legacy of progress.

I kindly request the opportunity to discuss this matter further with you or your staff. It would be greatly appreciated if you could spare some time for a meeting or a phone call to delve deeper into the specifics of this issue and the proposed solutions.

Thank you for your dedication to public service and for taking the time to consider my concerns. I look forward to your positive response and actions that will help improve the lives of those you represent.


[Your Name]

[Your Signature if sending a physical letter]

Enclosure: [List any supporting documents or materials you may be including]

cc: [Optional – List other relevant recipients, such as local community leaders or organizations]

Note: Be sure to tailor the letter to your specific issue, keeping it concise and respectful. Personalizing the letter and adding local context can make it more impactful.

Printable Petition Template

Copy this printable petition template and customize it to your issue to use it for local distribution. Use the signature sheet to collect signatures in person. Add more signature pages if needed.

Or, use our start a petition page to keep track of your signatures online.

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