You must apply for site permission if you want to hold an event in a park, open space or street in Bristol, such as a:
- fete or funday
- carnival or funfair
- music concert
- firework display
- street event
- marketing or promotional event
You must also apply for site permission to hold an event or activity in the Redcliffe Caves.
If you’re not sure if you need site permission, email email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you to deliver safe and successful events in Bristol.
Before you apply
Outdoor Event Guide
We have produced a comprehensive guide for event organisers, which is intended to help you to plan and manage your events effectively, safely, legally and in line with the standards expected by Bristol City Council and Bristol’s Safety Advisory Group (SAGE).
We welcome all feedback and would like to hear if you found this guide useful, if there are any confusing sections or if links are no longer working. Please provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come along to one of our advice sessions, where you can talk to us about your plans and get guidance on holding an event and the site permission process.
Application fees and site hire costs
You have to pay an application and a site hire fee for every event on council land.
We have a variety of parks you can use to hold an event. Our location map shows each site with details of:
- parking and transport links
City Centre marketing or promotional event
We have spaces in the city centre suitable for marketing or promotional events:
You can also have an event on a street, see guide to closing a road for a street party or event. You'll need site permission if you:
- close more than one road
- have more than 500 people attending
- sell alcohol
- have entertainment, like live music or performances
- have items like portable toilets, generators, staging, funfair rides, catering, trade stalls and lighting
If you want to hold an event somewhere else, email email@example.com to see if you need permission from us.
Health and safety
Detailed information about event health and safety is available in the Purple Guide, written by the Events Industry Forum.
The Purple Guide contains a lot of information which might not be relevant for smaller events. If you're planning a small or medium event, health and safety information is available from the Health and Safety Executive.