Public Procession Licence

Licence summary    

Any moving event held in a public place anywhere in Scotland can be considered a parade or a procession. This can include races, fun runs and sponsored walks; processions; gala day parades and street parties; demonstrations and protests; displays and promotions. Anyone who organises a public parade, procession, or event in which a body of people moves will need to submit a notice of proposal to the council.

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How to apply

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A person intending to organise a procession must give written notice of the proposal (using this form) to the local authority at least 28 days before the date of the procession. The completed form will specify:

  • The name of the organisation
  • The organiser’s name and address
  • The reason for the procession
  • The day, date, time and route
  • The number of people likely to take part
  • The number of stewards
  • Chief steward’s details
  • The participating bands’ details (if applicable)

Regulation Summary         
Any person who holds a procession in public without (a) properly complying with the terms of the notification process (outlined below); or (b) regard to conditions imposed by the local authority; shall be guilty of an offence and liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £500 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 3 months or to both.

Fees

There is no fee for notification.

Contact Details

 Karen Campbell, Municipal Buildings, Albany Street, Oban, PA34 4AW. 01631 567855

Consumer Complaint         
Charles Reppke
Head of Governance and Law
Argyll and Bute Council
Kilmory,
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RT

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Any person may propose to hold a procession in public.



The Application ProcessThe Application process

 

Upon receipt, the notification will be publicised at the appropriate local authority office and will also be sent to Police Scotland. The relevant local authority Councillors will also be consulted on the proposals.
Notification will handled per the process chart for local authorities which forms part of the Guidance issued by Scottish Ministers.

 

AppealsAppeals

 If you have made an application for a licence and it has been refused

You may ask us for the reasons for our decision to refuse your application within 21 days of the decision date.

You may appeal to the sheriff against the decision, within 28 days of the decision, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.

Appeals - Licence Holders

Appeals against the refusal of an application must be made to the Sheriff Principal of North Strathclyde, Paisley Sheriff Court, St James Street, Paisley, PA3 2AW.

You may appeal if we decide to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work. You may appeal against the decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as you have already followed any available procedure to state your case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, have:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff’s decision.

 

Objections or representationsObjections or representations

Objections or representations relating to a licence application may be made in writing to the licensing section, within 28 days of notice of the licence application being given, stating:

  • the grounds of the objection or nature of the representation
  • the name and address of the person making the representation

Police Scotland, or anyone who has made a relevant objection or representation regarding the licence, may appeal against a decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to ourselves.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that we, in making our decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based our decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised our discretion in an unreasonable manner