Decision details

Flag Protocol

Decision status: Recommendations Approved



The Director of Policy and Democratic Engagement presented a report noting that Full Council passed a resolution at its meeting on 1 November which called for a review of the council’s flag flying protocol.  The report provided details of the outcome of that review and proposes a revised flag protocol which the committee is recommended to adopt.




RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That Strategy and Resources Policy Committee:-




(a) adopts the Protocol for flying of flags at Sheffield City Council sites and other commemorative activity as set out in the appendix to the report;


(b) delegates authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Chair of the Strategy and Resources Policy Committee, to make decisions on ad hoc requests to fly particular flags, in line with the provisions of the protocol.




Reasons for Decision




By adopting the new flag protocol, the Strategy and Resources Committee will ensure that the Council has a modern and fit-for-purpose approach to the flying of flags on Council buildings, and a mechanism for making decisions on ad hoc requests to fly a particular flag.  




Alternatives Considered and Rejected




The only alternative option considered was to retain the existing flag protocol.  For the reasons set out at paragraphs 1.3 and 1.4 of the report, the current protocol is not considered to be fit for purpose, and therefore this option was rejected.


Report author: James Henderson

Publication date: 28/03/2024

Date of decision: 12/03/2024

Decided at meeting: 12/03/2024 - Strategy and Resources Policy Committee

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