Events Advice and Guidance

Information to help you run a safe and successful event.

North Herts Safety Advisory Group

Even if your event isn't on land owned by NHDC, it's a good idea to let us know about it using the events notification form below. This information is put into a diary circulated to the North Herts Safety Advisory Group, which enables the group to be aware of events planned around the District and plan accordingly.

Please note that in completing this notification form your personal details such as your name, address, email address and telephone numbers will be shared with the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) membership. We encourage SAG members to make direct contact with you if they have any questions in order to make the process as streamlined and quick as possible. Should you wish this information to be withheld or have any questions with regard to who is on the circulation list please contact Lorrae Hunter email lorrae.hunter@north-herts.gov.uk or Lewis Burden email lewis.burden@north-herts.gov.uk.

Notify us about your event

Filming in North Hertfordshire

We can offer advice on suitable locations for filming in North Hertfordshire.

Before you can begin filming you will need to seek permission from the landowner. Please get in touch with the Safety Advisory Group by emailing Lorrae Hunter or Lewis Burden (details above) for contact details.

You may need to seek permission to film if you are:

Entertainment Licence

Depending on the activities at your event, you may be required to make an application for an entertainment license. Typically these cover activities such as:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol;
  • The supply of alcohol by, or on behalf of, a club to (or to the order of) a member of the club;
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
  • The provision of late night refreshment (the provision of hot food or hot drink supplied between the hours of 11pm and 5am)

Regulated entertainment is defined as:

  • A performance of a play (for example, a pantomime or amateur dramatic production)
  • An exhibition of a film (excluding the viewing of television programmes broadcast at the time they are broadcast to the general public)
  • An indoor sporting event
  • Boxing or wrestling (including any combination of the two, for example cage fighting)
  • A performance of live music (for example, singers, duos, bands or a choir)
  • The playing of recorded music (for example, a disco)
  • Any combination of live and recorded music (for example, karaoke)
  • A performance of dance (for example, a display of ballet or other dancing)
  • Provision of facilities for making music (for example, the provision of musical instruments)
  • Provision of facilities for dancing (for example, the provision of a dance floor or similar)
  • Any combination of the above
  • Anything of a similar nature to the above

For further advice see Online Licence and Permit Applications.

Advice for Event Organisers

My Community Starter: offers a free online resource for people who want to get involved in organising smaller, more straightforward community activities.

MUTA: is the trade association for the UK temporary structures and technical textiles industries, advice on marquees, temporary structures and inflatable play equipment (bouncy castles).

Safety Guidance

New Draft Purple Guide - new draft guidance by the Events Industry Forum

The Event Safety Guide - legal guidance published by the Health and Safety Executive. The industry recognised guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events.

Celebrating with bonfires and fireworks - A community guide to organising bonfires and fireworks safely published by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Open Air Events and Venues: this Government guide is for all employers, managers and people responsible for outdoor events and venues.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Large Places of Assembly: this Government guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers and owners of large places of assembly i.e. where more than 300 people could gather including large nightclubs, churches, community and village halls.

Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Small and Medium Places of Assembly: this Government guide is for all employers, managers, occupiers and owners of small (accommodating up to 60 people) and medium (accommodating up to 300 people) places of assembly including: pubs, clubs, churches, marquees, tents, community and village halls.

Fire Safety Advice and your Responsibilities - advice from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fairgrounds and fairs quick guide

The Gambling Commission have a quick guide to help the owners of fairs and fairgrounds understand how the Gambling Act 2005 affects them.