Demonstrations, protests and marches are referred to as ‘public processions’ in law.
The Crimes Act 2011, provides that a written notice must be delivered to a police station by hand not less than 6 days before the date when the procession is intended to be held.
As an organiser, the police will need to know when it is intended to:
What we need to know:
If you arrange a procession at short notice, you must still tell the police as soon as you can.
There is no need to inform the police about an assembly. The law however, prevents assemblies where no permission has been given by the occupier of the land.
This guidance does not represent legal advice. If you are unsure about your obligations to provide advance notice, rights or conditions in a given event, you should take independent legal advice or refer to the legislation.