Thousands of independence activists are expected to march in Aberdeen this weekend after the council gave the go-ahead for the event.
Councillors on the licensing sub committee granted the All Under One Banner (AUOB) group permission to carry out the rally on Saturday.
Around 10,000 people are expected to travel to the Granite City to demonstrate their support for Scottish independence.
Similar events across the country have attracted tens of thousands of supporters.
AUOB previously said campaigners would march regardless of whether permission was granted by the local authority, insisting they were covered under European freedom of assembly laws.
Aberdeen City Council decided at a meeting yesterday that the rally could take place as long as organisers adhered to a number of conditions.
The group was told it would need to make sure there was public liability insurance in place and that a temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) was paid for.
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However, AUOB organiser Neil Mackay insisted the group “wouldn’t be paying a penny” for either, insisting these costs had been covered by Police Scotland with cash from a central fund at other events.
It emerged at the meeting it would cost in the region of £4,000 for the TTRO and road closure to be put in place. Lawyers advised councillors that a decision could be taken at a later date to recoup any costs.
The march will take place on Saturday at 1.30pm, starting at Albyn Place and ending at Castlegate.
A counter-protest is expected to take place on the same day involving a pro-UK organisation.
Following an hour of discussions, a motion was put forward by committee convener John Reynolds to approve the procession with all the nine police recommendations which was approved.
Police had also requested that a minimum of 500 stewards were working at the event wearing high-visibility vests.
Mr Mackay welcomed the local authority decision.
He said: “This will be a positive event for the city, both financially, culturally and historically.
“The event brings in a lot of money with people travelling, staying in hotels, taking buses and spending in the city.
“Going by our track record at other events, there won’t be a single arrest, there won’t be a single bit of trouble and everything will go swimmingly.
“What we find is there is much scaremongering about risk and it never happens.
“The principle of what we are doing is not to get people’s votes but to galvanise the people who already support independence and grow it from within.
“We are not there to change people’s minds.”