Flags and Coat of Arms Regulations, 1991

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Published: 1991-11-01

Flags and Coat of Arms Regulations
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CHAPTER 32

FLAGS AND COAT OF ARMS (REGULATION)

FLAGS AND COAT OF ARMS REGULATIONS, 1991

(SECTION 7)
[Commencement 1st November, 1991]

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Flags and
Coat of Arms Regulations, 1991.

PART I
NATIONAL FLAG

2. The National Flag may be flown on public holidays
and on such other days as the Minister may by notice
published in the Gazette declare for that purpose.

3. (1) The National Flag shall be flown only between
the hours of sunrise and sunset:

Provided that the Minister may give permission for
the National Flag to be flown otherwise than during the
said hours.

(2) When flown at night the National Flag shall be
properly illuminated.

4. (1) The National Flag shall be flown with due
respect and in accordance with any instructions issued by
the Minister and, subject to paragraph (3) of regulation 9,
when flown with other flags, it shall be in a more
prominent position than the other flags.

(2) The National Flag shall be kept clean and shall be
maintained in a reasonable state of repair when flown.

(3) When the National Flag becomes worn, faded or
otherwise unfit for use it shall be disposed of privately by
burning.

5. Subject to these Regulations, the National Flag
may be freely displayed in public except where —

S.I 89/1991

Citation.

Flying of Flag on
public holidays.

Hours during
which Flag shall
be flown.

Respect for Flag.

Manner and
place of display
of Flag.

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(a) such display is in a manner which is likely to
provoke a breach of the peace; or

(b) on a vehicle —
(i) it is of such dimension or so placed as to

impede the navigation of the vehicle; or
(ii) it is flown from the centre of the hood of a

vehicle by unauthorised persons.
6. (1) The National Flag may be flown —
(a) on any Government building or office;
(b) on any building or office owned or occupied by

a board, corporation or other body for which a
Minister is assigned responsibility;

(c) on a motor-car, boat or ship in or by which a
Minister is for the time being travelling; and

(d) at any school.
(2) In subparagraph (d) of paragraph (1), “school”

has the meaning assigned to that expression by subsection
(1) of section 2 of the Education Act.

7. The National Flag shall be flown —
(a) at the stem on all Government-owned vessels

and Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels,
while in any port, while at anchor or when not
under way; and

(b) on all lighthouses.
8. A representation of the National Flag may be

borne on Government-owned aircraft and motor vehicles.

9. (1) No flag of any foreign nation shall be flown in
The Bahamas unless the National Flag is also flown.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to flags of any
foreign nation flown at any embassy, consulate, mission or
military establishment of that foreign nation.

(3) Where flags of a foreign nation are flown along
with the National Flag, they shall be approximately the
same size, and flown from separate staff at the same
height, as the National Flag.

10. The National Flag shall be flown at half-mast as a
sign of official mourning when and as advised by the
Cabinet Office.

Government
buildings,
offices,
etc.

Ch. 46.

Government-
owned ships, etc.

Representation
of Flag on
Government-
owned aircraft
and motor
vehicles.
Foreign Flags.

Flags at half-
mast.

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PART II
COAT OF ARMS

11. (1) The Coat of Arms shall not be displayed
without written permission from the Minister, except on
Government buildings.

(2) The design or any part of the Coat of Arms shall
not be used or reproduced without written permission
from the Minister except for Government purposes.

12. (1) A representation of the Coat of Arms may be
borne on Government-owned air-craft, motor vehicles and
Government-owned vessels.

(2) A representation of the Coat of Arms may be
worn by persons representing The Bahamas in any official
or sporting function in The Bahamas or outside The
Bahamas.

PART III
OTHER FLAGS

13. (1) The flag described in Part I of the First
Schedule is hereby deemed to be the flag of the Senate and
is referred to, in these Regulations, as the “Senate Flag”.

(2) When the Senate is sitting, the Senate Flag shall be
flown from the building where the Senate is sitting.

14. No person other than the President of the Senate
shall use a miniature of the Senate Flag as a car flag.

15. (1) The flag described in Part II of the First
Schedule is hereby deemed to be the flag of the House of
Assembly and is referred to, in these Regulations, as the
“House of Assembly Flag”.

(2) When the House of Assembly is sitting, the House
of Assembly Flag shall be flown from the building where
the House is sitting.

16. No person other than the Speaker of the House of
Assembly shall use a miniature of the House of Assembly
Flag as a car flag.

17. (1) The flag described in Part III of the First
Schedule is hereby deemed to be a Minister’s Flag and is
referred to, in these Regulations, as the “Minister’s Flag”.



Display of Coat
of Arms.

Representation
of Coat of Arms.

Senate Flag.
Part I of First
Schedule.

Senate Flag as
car flag.

House of
Assembly Flag.
Part II of First
Schedule.

House of
Assembly Flag as
car flag.

Minister’s Flag.
Part III of First
Schedule.

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(2) No person other than a Minister shall use the
Minister’s Flag.

18. The flags described in Part IV of the First
Schedule are hereby deemed to be the flags for use by the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

19. The flag described in Part V of the First Schedule
is hereby deemed to be the flag for use by the Bahamas
Prison Service.

20. The flags described in Part VI of the First
Schedule are hereby deemed to be the flags for use by
unarmed Government-owned vessels and merchant ships
commanded by an officer on the active, retired or
emergency list of a British Commonwealth Naval Reserve,
who is not below the rank of Lieutenant-Commander and
who holds a warrant issued by the Minister.

21. The flag described in Part VII of the First
Schedule is hereby deemed to be the flag for use on private
vessels owned by Bahamians and on merchant ships
having Bahamian registry.

22. The stem jack described in Part VIII of the First
Schedule is hereby deemed to be the stem jack for use on
private vessels owned by Bahamians and on merchant
ships having Bahamian registry, which may be flown when
in any port, while at anchor or when not under way.

PART IV
MISCELLANEOUS

23. (1) Any person making application to the
Minister for permission to use the National Flag or the Coat
of Arms or a similar flag or device in any connection
mentioned in subsection (1) of section 4 of the Act shall
supply the information relating to the applicant and the
proposed use in accordance with the form of application
set out in Part I of the Second Schedule.

Royal Bahamas
Defence Force
flags.
Part IV of First
Schedule.

Bahamas Prison
Service Flag.
Part V of First
Schedule.
Flags flown on
certain
Government
vessels and
merchant ships.
Part VI of First
Schedule.

Part VII of First
Schedule.

Flag for use on
private vessels
owned by
Bahamians and
merchant ships
having Bahamian
registry.

Stem jack for use
in port on private
vessels owned by
Bahamians and
merchant ships
having Bahamian
registry.
Part VIII of First
Schedule.

Licence.

Part I of Second
Schedule.

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(2) The Minister shall, after the making of an
application, notify the applicant whether or not his
application is approved and, if approved, the Minister
may upon payment by the applicant of a fee of twenty
dollars grant a licence to the applicant.

(3) The licence shall be in the form set out in Part II
of the Second Schedule and shall be subject to such
conditions as the Minister thinks fit.

(4) The Minister may withdraw the licence if the
licensee contravenes any of the conditions of the licence,
or if the Minister deems it expedient in the public interest
so to do, and after the licensee has had an opportunity to
explain any complaint against him before the Minister.

24. Any person who contravenes any provision of
these Regulations for which no specific penalty is provided
is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction
therefor to a fine of two hundred and fifty dollars or to a
term of imprisonment of three months or to both such fine
and imprisonment.

FIRST SCHEDULE
PART I (Regulation 13)

Senate Flag
The Coat of Arms of The Bahamas in the centre of a red
background.

PART II (Regulation 15)
House of Assembly Flag

The Coat of Arms of The Bahamas in the centre of a green
background.

PART III (Regulation 17)
Ministers’ Flag

The National Flag of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the
dexter on a roundel argent a representation of the Arms of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas proper.

Part II of Second
Schedule.

Penalties.

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PART IV (Regulation 18)
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Flags

Senior Officers Pennant
Vert a Pale Argent

White Ensign
Argent a Cross throughout Gules in the first quarter Azure a

Fess or overall a Pile issuing from the dexter Sable
Commissioning Pennant

A Pennant in the hoist Argent a Cross Vert the fly also Argent
Commodores Pennant

A forked Pennant Argent throughout a Cross Vert and in
the first quarter a Roundel also Vert
The Jack

Azure a Fess or Overall a Pile issuing from the dexter Sable
PART V (Regulation 19)

The Bahamas Prison Service Flag
A wreath surrounding two crossed keys and the words “Bahamas
Prison Service” in gold letters in the centre of a green background

PART VI (Regulation 20)
Unarmed Government-owned Vessels and Merchant Ships Flags

Flown by Warrant
An upright and horizontal band of dark blue crossing at the centre
on a white background with a representation of the National Flag of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the top left hand corner
against the mast
Gules a Cross Argent throughout in the first quarter a representa-
tion of the National Flag of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
proper

PART VII (Regulation 21)
Flag for use on Private Vessels Owned by Bahamians and Merchant

Ships having Bahamian Registry
An upright and horizontal band of white crossing at the centre on
a red background with a representation of the National Flag of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas in the top left hand corner
against the mast

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Gules a Cross Argent throughout in the first quarter a representa-
tion of the National Flag of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
proper

PART VIII (Regulation 22)
Stem Jack for use on Private Vessels Owned by Bahamians and

Merchant Ships having Bahamian Registry, which may be Flown
while in any Port, while at Anchor or when not Underway

A swallow tailed flag consisting of an upright and horizontal
band of white crossing at the centre on a red background with a
representation of the National Flag of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas in the top left hand corner against the mast
Gules a Cross Argent throughout in the first quarter a representa-
tion of the National Flag of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
proper

SECOND SCHEDULE
PART I (Regulation 23(1))

THE FLAGS AND COAT OF ARMS (REGULATION) ACT
Application for Permission to use the National Flag or Coat of
Arms or a Similar Flag or Device 1
To the Minister responsible for Flags and Coat of Arms
NAME OF APPLICANT: ..................................................................
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ADDRESS OF APPLICANT: ..........................................................
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P.O. Box No.:.......................TELEPHONE No: ................................
1. I, the abovenamed Applicant, hereby apply for the permission

of the Minister to–
(1) apply to the goods/articles/things which are described in paragraph

2 below and which have been made/produced/distributed/sold by
me, the design illustrated in paragraph 3 below;

(2) import into The Bahamas the goods/articles/things which are
described in paragraph 2 below and to which there has been
applied the design illustrated in paragraph 3 below;


1 Strike out from the Application those particulars which do not apply

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(3) use or permit to be used in the manner specified in paragraph
4 below and in connection with a business/
trade/calling/profession, the design illustrated in paragraph
3 below.

2. Detailed description of goods/articles/things to which the
application relates:........................................................................

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3. Illustration of the National Flag/Coat of Arms/part of the design

of the National Flag/part of the design of the Coat of
Arms/other flag/device, to which the application relates:

4. Manner in which it is proposed to use the design illustrated in
paragraph 3 above in connection with a business/trade/calling/
profession:.......................................................,.............................

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5. Date on which permission is required: .........................................

Signature......................................................
Date..............................................................

PART II (Regulation 23(3))

THE FLAGS AND COAT OF ARMS (REGULATION) ACT

Licence Granted Pursuant to Section 7(d) of the Act 2
LICENCE No.:
LICENCE is hereby granted to...........................................................
of............................... to apply to the following goods/articles/
things, or to import into The Bahamas the following goods/
articles/things to which there has been applied, or to use or permit
to be used in connection with a business/trade/calling/profession,
the National Flag/the Coat of Arms/a part of the design of the
National Flag/a part of the design of the Coat of Arms/any other
flag/device
Detailed description of goods/articles/things .....................................
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Detailed description of business/trade/calling/profession..................
...........................................................................................................

Subject to the conditions specified hereunder, this Licence—
(a) shall not be transferred or assigned;


2 Strike out from the Licence those particulars which do not apply

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(b) authorises the application of the National Flag/Coat of Arms/
part of the design of the National Flag/part of the design of the
Coat of Arms/other flag/device only to the goods/articles/
things described in it;

(c) authorises the importation into The Bahamas of the
goods/articles/things described in it subject to compliance by
the licensee with the requirements of any written law;

(d) authorises the use of the National Flag/Coat of Arms/part of the
design of the National Flag/part of the design of the coat of
Arms/other flag/device in connection with a business/trade/
calling/profession and only in the following manner: ................

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(e) expires on 31st December next following the date of issue.
(Insert any other conditions that may be imposed)
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