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Marches and Parades

If you intend to hold a march, parade or 'similar event', the law requires you to notify the local authority and the local police authority and you must do this no less than 28 days prior to the event. For this purpose there is a notification form which can be accessed from the downloads panel.

'Similar events' may include the following, although this list is not exhaustive:

  • Races, fun runs and sponsored walks
  • Processions or races involving horses, cycles, boats or other vehicles
  • Gala day parades and street parties
  • Demonstrations and protests (moving or static)
  • Displays and promotions (moving or static)

If you are in any doubt about whether your event should be regulated by the Council's Marches and Parades Procedure, you should contact: the Licensing Team (0131 529 4208,

Once your notification form has been received you will be advised if you have to contact any other parts of the Council or any other organisation. The form will also be used to determine who we need to consult with and to consider any arrangements that may need to be put in place to ensure the safe passage of the event.

Once the arrangements have been agreed, Licensing will write to you to confirm the event can go ahead and list any conditions that the Council may wish to attach such as the preferred route, timings, etc.