Events: Advice for organisers

Advice for all event organisers

Whether the event is on council land or elsewhere in the Borough the following documentation is required:

• Site Specific event risk assessment
• Fire risk assessment
• Public liability insurance
• Site plan/route plan
• Event Management Plan (EMP) to include event overview and schedule, traffic management plan and emergency procedures.

All large events (over 1,000 people) and high risk events will be considered by the Safety Advisory Group whether they are on council land or not. Please consult the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) page.

The link below gives government advice on running community events


Advice for events on Council Land

How much notice do you need?

As a general rule, a minimum of 12 weeks’ notice is required. Applications received within less than 12 weeks before the event are very unlikely to be considered and processed in time. If you are planning a large event involving more than 500 people it is recommended that you apply at least 16 weeks beforehand. To give your event the best chance of being able to go ahead please apply as early as you can in order to give time for any issues to be resolved.

If you’re planning a public event, there’s quite a lot to think about to ensure that your event is a safe one and that people can enjoy it, without causing nuisance or disruption to others. It’s important that you comply with all the legal requirements otherwise it will not be able to go ahead.

We want to be as helpful as possible to anyone thinking of running an event. In the last year we have helped many groups to plan and organise safe and successful events, from street parties and carnivals to fun runs, parades, and concerts.

The event application form covers all you need to think about including:

  • closing roads or stopping traffic
  • licenses to sell alcohol, play music, or run a draw
  • making sure you have adequate insurance
  • getting rid of your rubbish after the event

If your event involves road closures and licence applications then you should consider applying at least six months in advance.

Once we receive your application, we can give you help and advice on planning your event and getting the permissions and licenses that you need. ​

Please note that from 1 January 2024, an admin fee will be charged for events. More details are listed below.

Event fees £ VAT Status
Admin/ Application fee £15.00 + VAT Vatable
Micro - Level 1 (up to 100) - Parks and Green Spaces £30.00 Exempt
Micro - Level 2 (up to 250) - Parks and Green Spaces £80.00 Exempt
Small Event (up to 499) - Parks and Green Spaces £319.20 Exempt
Medium - Level 1 (up to 1,000) - Parks and Green Spaces £424.00 Exempt
Medium - Level 2 (up to 2,500) - Parks and Green Spaces £531.20 Exempt
Medium - Level 2 (up to 5,000) - Parks and Green Spaces £531.20 Exempt
Large Level 1 (up to 7,500 to 50,000) - Parks and Green Spaces  To be agreed  Exempt
Micro Event (up to 250) - Town Centre & similar spaces £200.00 Exempt
Small Event (up to 499) - Town Centre & similar spaces £200.00 Exempt
Medium - Level 1 (up to 1,000) - Town Centre & similar spaces  To be agreed  Exempt
Medium - Level 2 (up to 2,500) - Town Centre & similar spaces  To be agreed  Exempt
Medium - Level 3 (up to 5,00 to 50,000) - Town Centre & similar spaces  To be agreed  Exempt
Small Fair - Children's rides only - Funfairs and Circuses £191.60 Exempt
Medium Fair (up to 10 large rides) - Funfairs and Circuses £319.20 Exempt
Large Fair (up to 15 large rides) - Funfairs and Circuses £531.20 Exempt
Small Circus (up to 250 seats) - Funfairs and Circuses £319.20 Exempt
Medium Circus (up to 500 seats) - Funfairs and Circuses £424.00 Exempt
Large Circus (up to 750+ seats) - Funfairs and Circuses £531.20 Exempt
Traffic Management Orders  To be agreed  Exempt
Parking Suspensions  To be agreed  Exempt
Level of indemnity/ reinstatement £  To be agreed  Exempt
Events Consultation/ Staffing  To be agreed  Exempt
Filming & Photography avg £ per day  To be agreed  Exempt
Refuse Services  To be agreed  Exempt
Electricity  To be agreed  Exempt
Water  To be agreed  Exempt