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Public processions notice

Do I need to submit a notice of proposal?

Generally, if you intend to hold a public procession, march or parade in North Ayrshire, you’ll need to submit a notice of proposal to the council.

The legal position of processions is different from the licences we grant. We are not granting a licence or allowing a procession. We ask "should this procession be prohibited?"

North Ayrshire Council can only prohibit a procession for specified reasons laid down by legislation. These reasons generally relate to public order. We cannot prohibit a procession because the views of the participants are controversial.

How to submit notice

You must give at least 28 days notice of your intention to hold a public procession.

Complete our:

public procession notification form


There is no fee payable.

What happens next?

Your notification form will be sent Police Scotland and North Ayrshire Roads Department for their comments. Police Scotland will contact the organiser to discuss and agree the procession's route. They will submit a report to the Licensing Office and, if there is a positive response, we will issue a letter confirming that the procession can take place.

Your application will be advertised on this website to allow members of the public to make any objections or representations.

Please note: it may take 4 weeks to process your notice of approval. If you haven't heard from the Licensing Office please contact us.

What law applies?

The main legislation which applies is the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, Part V (Sections 62-66) as amended by the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006.

In organising your procession you should take note of the following Acts:

  • Public Order Act 1936 – this Act forbids people from wearing uniforms signifying association with any banned organisation(s)
  • Public Order Act 1986 – this Act relates to the power of the Chief Constable during or immediately before a march, parade or procession
  • Terrorism Act 2000 – this Act relates to the wearing of clothing or items in support of a proscribed organisation
  • Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 – this Act relates to offences aggravated by religious prejudice

You must keep to the route and timings agreed with Police Scotland and follow the instructions of the Police during the procession.

Contact Licensing




01294 310000


Licensing Section, Legal Services, North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine, KA12 8EE