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Notification of Marches and Parades

Notifying us of your event

You must notify the Local Authority if you plan to hold a march, parade or procession which is to:

  • demonstrate support for or opposition to the views or actions of any persons or body of persons
  • publicise a cause or campaign
  • mark or commemorate an event  

The notification process involves completing a proposal form which should be submitted to the Licensing Team at least 28 days before your march, parade or procession takes place. Your proposal should include a route map and a risk assessment.  

Examples of events your proposal may relate to include:

  • cycle events
  • fun runs
  • sponsored walks
  • common ridings
  • fancy dress parades

A pro formal risk assessment is included with the proposal pack.

Once your proposal has been received it will be copied to Police Scotland and the Roads Authorities so that they can consider it and look at the arrangements you have in place to  make sure your event is safe.  

Some events, for example those with large numbers of people taking part or taking place over a larger area may need more assistance from us, Police and other agencies. These events will be referred to a wider group of officers known as the Safety Advisory Group which consists of a range of Local Authority officers and exteral partners such as ambulance and fire services.  

After assessment of your proposal, you will be contacted to advise if there is any help or other areas you may want to consider before finalising your event. 

Notice of your proposal will also be published on the Local Authority's website to ensure the public and particularly those who live nearby are aware it is taking place.  

View current notified marches and parades.

Contact us for further information.

View current agreed marches and parades Privacy notice - Civic Government licensing

Licensing unit

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells