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Events safety information for organisers

We advise anyone planning an event to consult with our County Durham Safety Advisory Group (SAG), which offers advice and support to ensure your event is a safe event.

Tell us about your event

If you notify us of your proposed event, SAG will provide relevant guidance and feedback. For large events (more than 500 people), please contact us with your event details at least six months before the event takes place. For smaller events (less than 500 people), this should be at least three months before the event takes place. 

About SAG

SAG is made up of members from Durham County Council, the police, the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service. SAG's role is to promote and encourage high standards of public safety and wellbeing at events held in County Durham.

SAG has an additional duty on our behalf to ensure that any event which is to be held on our land has all appropriate safety measures and legal certification in place before permission is granted to use the land for the event. A minimum of £5million public liability insurance is required for all events, except for fireworks events which require a minimum of £10million.

Events on council land

If your event is to be held on council land you must contact us at Asset Management - events and we will assist you in gaining permission. A minimum of six weeks advance notice is required to arrange a Licence to Occupy and a minimum fee of £50 will be charged to cover some of the cost in producing this. The Licence to Occupy application can only be processed following Health and Safety approval. 

National Counter Terrorism Security Office guidance

As part of organising your event it's important to consider security. To help event/ security managers, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office have issued guidance on increasing the protection of crowded places from a terrorist attack:


Outdoor events

All event plans must now include consideration of COVID-19 and include any associated restrictions. If the event is to take place on Durham County Council land, you need to take into account Government guidance to allow discussions on whether your event can take place. You should also follow this guidance for any events taking place on private land.

Government guidance states that some events can not take place at this time. Durham County Council will continue to follow Government guidance and put into place any changes they ask for. Applications to use Durham County Council land will not be considered until we are sure this guidance has been followed.

You must carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment and operate a Test and Trace scheme for your event.

Information and guidance

The following links may help you make sure your event is COVID secure:

National Government guidance

Guidance from National Bodies 

Contact us
Event safety
03000 261016
Our address is:
  • Safety Advisory Group
  • Community Protection
  • PO Box 617
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9HZ

Asset Management - events
Our address is:
  • Asset Management - events
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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