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Events safety information for organisers

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

Safety Advisory Group

The County Durham Safety Advisory Group (SAG) is made up of core members from Durham County Council, the police, the fire and rescue service and the ambulance service.

The SAG's role is to promote and encourage high standards of public safety and wellbeing at events held in County Durham.

Members meet to share expertise and help organisers become aware of their individual and joint responsibilities when staging events in County Durham.

If you are organising a large event, we recommend you return the completed documentation to us at least six months before the event takes place. For smaller events, we recommend you return the completed documentation to us at least three months before the event takes place.

SAG has an additional duty on behalf of the council 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.

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.


If you have already held an event, please take some time to complete our safety event feedback form and help us to improve our service.