Use Of Public Space

Closed 6 Sep 2016

Opened 1 Aug 2016


The Council is developing a protocol for the use of public spaces in Edinburgh’s city centre. This follows an internal review of events governance within the Council which identified the need for a clear policy statement on how these spaces are used.

Public spaces are all those that are open to the public, whether they are owned by the Council or other organisations or individuals. It has been acknowledged that having a protocol in place could help achieve a balance of use and bring greater transparency to decisions about the events and activities that take place in them.

Why your views matter

Your feedback will help us to:

  • Establish a set of principles that will help guide the Council when evaluating proposed uses of public spaces in the city centre
  • Gather the views of a wide range of stakeholders on key issues for the use of public spaces


  • All Areas


  • Homeless People
  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Minority Ethnic groups
  • Carers
  • Jobseekers
  • Low income households
  • Older people
  • Businesses
  • Children & Young People
  • Civil and public servants
  • Elected Members
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual people, Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Men
  • Parents/carers
  • Professionals
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Students
  • Teaching/Educational staff
  • Visitors
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Women
  • Taxi Licence holders
  • Amenity groups
  • Architects/designers
  • Built heritage groups
  • Community councils
  • Developers/investors
  • Development management statutory consultees
  • Development planning key agencies
  • Education institutions
  • External councils
  • Housing associations
  • Landowners
  • Libraries
  • Natural heritage/open space
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Planning consultants
  • Professional bodies
  • Scottish Government departments
  • Services/utilities
  • Transport groups
  • Young people
  • Licence holders
  • Employees


  • All interests
  • Public space