8 pieces of new legislation that require public notices to be gazetted in 2020

Here are eight new pieces of UK legislation, which came into force in 2019, that require notices to be placed in The Gazette, the official public record.

Gazette Notices 2020

Why place official notices in The Gazette?

The Gazette provides a permanent, official public record of important statutory and non-statutory notices that can be used to support legal and other processes, and act as a means of advertising public notices.

There are various reasons as to why notices are placed in The Gazette, depending on the notice itself. Placing a deceased estates notice in The Gazette, for example, ensures that sufficient effort has been made to locate creditors before distributing an estate to beneficiaries. This protects the executor (or trustee) from being liable for claims from unidentified creditors.

Many other notices are required to be placed in The Gazette by law, as they provide the public with accessible and verifiable official records.

Which new notices need to be placed in The Gazette in 2020?

Eight new pieces of legislation came into force in 2019 which require certain official notices to be placed in The Gazette. See a list of the new legislation and the notices which need to be placed by people or organisations acting in an official capacity below:

1. Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019

  • Other notices (2301)

2. The Caledonian Maritime Assets (East Loch Tarbert) Harbour Revision Order 2019

3. The Electricity (Offshore Generating Stations) (Applications for Consent) (Wales) Regulations 2019

  • Electricity (2103)

4. The Electricity (Offshore Generating Stations) (Variation of Consents) (Wales) Regulations 2019

  • Electricity (2103)

5. The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

  • Petitions to transfer business (2614)

6. The Silvertown Tunnel Order 2018

  • Town and country planning (1601) or Road Traffic Acts (1501)

7. The Stornoway Port Authority Harbour Revision Order 2019

8. The Waterways (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019

Who can place official notices in The Gazette?

As an official public record, notices can only be placed in The Gazette by registered and verified people or organisations acting in an official capacity, who have the authority to create an official record of fact. Currently there are over 450 different types of notice that are advertised in The Gazette.

How do I place a notice in The Gazette?

If you are an authorised notice placer and are required to place any of the above notices by law, you will need to register as one. Once your registration has been accepted you can place any notice that you are authorised to place – though you may be required to provide additional supporting information before the notice can be published.

There are various methods available for notice submission, and the most appropriate method for you will depend on the type and quantity of notices you wish to place:

Should you have any questions regarding placing a notice in The Gazette, please contact our customer services team by email (customer.services@thegazette.co.uk) or by telephone (+44 (0)333 200 2434).

See also

Placing notices in The Gazette

Gazette notices

Notice codes for all Gazette notices

Place an insolvency notice

Place a Deceased Estates notice

Publication date: 23 January 2020