Welcome to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Events Office
This guidance follows the Government’s announcement that England will enter a national lockdown from 5 January 2021.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and following regulations and guidance from the Government, the Council is required to carefully consider applications for any activity that may encourage people gathering in large groups outside households and support bubbles, in outside spaces.
Changes to the application process
The Council is currently unable to accept or process applications for event activity in public spaces, including in parks and on streets, during this period.
Applicants are advised to use the Covid-19 Outdoor Event Guidance document to assist with understanding what is expected to be included across all areas of event planning. This can be found on the Council's Covid19 Hub for Leisure and Culture.
This document should be read in conjunction with our standard event guidelines, which can be found on the Special Events webpage, as well as the specific Government and industry guidance that applies to your activities.
The two event space conditions to consider are events in parks and events on streets.
Events in parks
Parks as venues will be defined by spaces within them that are, by their design, fully enclosed and can be secured to safely manage event numbers. Please contact the Events Team before applying to find out if your event is suitable for one of the Borough’s parks.
Events on streets
Please contact the Events Team before applying to find out if your event is suitable for the street you are proposing at this time. Our high streets have changed in response to the pandemic, with the need to facilitate external shop queues, the widening of footpaths and the requirement to ensure social distancing in busy areas. Due to these changes, we need to change our process of facilitating events to meet government and industry guidance and to provide a safe environment for the public. Please contact the Events Team before applying to find out if your event is suitable for the street you are proposing at this time.
If you are considering organising an event, please be aware of lead-in times or application deadlines that need to be taken into account before deciding your event date and that each event is considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any questions, or need help with anything, contact us at:
Phone: 020 7341 5762
Please note the standard lead times and fees can be found here.
The cost of officer administration is £104 per hour.
Late applications are accepted and processed at the event officer’s discretion. A late application fee of £84 will be charged.