Proposed Policy and Code of Conduct for Public Processions

Closed 31 Mar 2017

Opened 20 Feb 2017


Under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, anyone organising a parade or procession in Scotland must notify the appropriate local authority and the police at least 28 days prior to the date of the event.

When considering all procession notifications, the Council needs to consider the impact the procession may have on:

  • Public safety;
  • Public order;
  • Damage to property; and
  • Disruption to the life of the community.

Previous similar processions, and the conduct of participants during these, are also taken into consideration.

While the Council is not required to grant permission to hold a parade, it does have the power to attach conditions or, under very limited circumstances, ban a parade or procession.

The number of parades and processions in Edinburgh is significant, reflecting its capital status. Whilst there are many positive aspects to these parades they also present a number of challenges to the city, including disruption to public transport and traffic flow; disruption to retail, leisure, business and tourism activities; and consideration of appropriate management arrangements.  

Why your views matter

In recognition of the growing number of parades and processions, the Council has developed a detailed policy and code of conduct for parades and processions. The proposed policy and code of conduct aim to provide organisers with a greater understanding of the Council’s expectations, and a clear and consistent approach for future event planning.

The Council would like to hear your views on the proposed policy and code of conduct.


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