Public processions guidance notes for applicants

Under Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 as amended Stirling Council is responsible for dealing with all applications for public processions to be held in the boundary area of Stirling Council.
These notes are to assist you in complying with the law when making applications.


1) All public processions, of whatever type, require to be notified to  Stirling Council. There are no exemptions.
The Council has the power to prohibit a procession or impose conditions on the holding of it.

2) All applications and completed risk assessment forms for public processions should be sent to:
Legal Services
Stirling Council
Room 9
Old Viewforth
Stirling FK8 2ET
Phone: 01786 233065

A copy of the application must also be sent at the same time to:
Police Scotland
Licensing Department
West Bridge Street
Falkirk FK1 5RJ

If a procession is to be held in the area of more than one Council - notificatons must be made to each of the authorities concerned.

By signing the notification the notifier and/or the organisation binds themselves to pay for or make good any loss or damage to Stirling Council property during the course of the procession.

3) Notifications must specify:

  • the name of the organisation
  • the date and time of the procession
  • the route of the procession
  • the number of persons likely to take part
  • the name, address and telephone number of the person proposing to hold the procession and responsible for the application
  • the arrangements which that person has made for control of the procession

    The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 requires that you give both the Council and the Chief Constable a minimum period of 28 days notice before the date of the proposed procession. Please give as much advance notice as possible of a proposed procession.

4) Application which are received at less that twenty eight days notice man be refused.


If lodging a notification at less than 28 day's notice, you must provide an explanation for the lateness of the notice. the Chief Officer - Governance will determine whether there is a reasonable excuse for the lateness of the application.


5) The following notifications will be rejected by the Council:

  • notifications which are not submitted by the person actually responsible for the arrangements
  • notifications which do not give an effective contact address for this person (a P.O number is not an effective contact address)

There is a right of appeal to the Sheriff in the event that a march or procession is prohibited or conditions placed upon it by the Council.


6) These notes give general guidance only. If you are in any doubt you should take independent legal advice.


8)Other licences may be required. Depending on the nature of the march or procession. The approval of the procession does not constitute a grant or approval of any other licence, permit or certificate. You should contact the Licensing Team on civiclicensing@stirling.gov.uk if you have any queries.