Public open spaces hire policy

The council encourages the hire of outdoor open spaces, recognising the contribution that events make to the vibrant community and cultural life of the district’s towns and villages and, in the case of larger events, to attracting visitors to enjoy the district’s many attractions and contribute to its economic vitality.

This policy provides advice and guidance on the council’s approach to hiring an outdoors council-owned venue and can be used for all events regardless of size, although some parts may not be relevant for smaller events.

The policy gives general advice that should be used when arranging any type of event, while recognising that events can be very diverse, ranging from a simple car boot sale, to a large outdoor carnival. It is likely that additional guidance will be required for specialist events and larger scale activities.