Apply to hold an event on our land
Plymouth Council land is available to be used by the public to organise events. In order to hold an event you must seek permission for use of the land by following the correct procedures below.
Please take time to read through this information and discuss any issues you may have prior to submitting your application.
If you wish to hold an event on Council land, please email the relevant contacts below to discuss:
- Plymouth Hoe – email firstname.lastname@example.org*
- City centre – email email@example.com
- Central Park and other green spaces – email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Street events – email email@example.com
- Plymouth Guildhall – email firstname.lastname@example.org
*To hold an event on Plymouth Hoe you must apply via the online application here
Before you apply
You will need to take the following into account before you start your application.
You should visit Plymouth Hoe and consider the requirements of the event; have a think about the site layout, transport links, access and facilities. Upon visiting the site and applying to hold your event, we will request a site visit with yourselves to run through the event layout.
Application and Document deadlines
For the Events Team to have sufficient time to consider your application, review and provide feedback, and forward it to other relevant partners for considerations (and if necessary forward to ESAG (Events Safety Advisory Group)), you must submit your completed application and submit initial supplementary documentation within the below timescales:
|Small (up to 499 people)||6 weeks before event date|
|Medium (499 to 999 people)||8 weeks before event date|
|Large (over 1,000 people)||10 weeks before event date|
We will advise you of your deadlines once you have submitted your expression of interest. Failure to meet these deadlines will put your event in risk of cancellation.
A bond will be held by the council from Plymouth Hoe Applicants. This will ensure that any damage or failure to clear waste can be recovered and the council is not left to cover these costs. These will be fully refunded once it is established there are no repairs or clearance needed. The level of bond is set out below; this is based on risk of damage.
Please read the Terms and Conditions for details of the scoring evaluation.
|Tier 1 (Under 28 points)||£90|
|Tier 2 (30 to 38 points)||£175|
|Tier 3 (40 to 48 points)||£375|
|Tier 4 (50 to 58 points)||£500|
|Tier 5 (Over 60 points)*||£1,000|
*If your event is scored within the Tier 5 category, your event and all accompanying information must be signed off by the Marketing & Events Manager before being permitted to take place.
*Your event must also be reviewed by ESAG before it can be confirmed.
Events deemed to be of commercial nature will be negotiated at a commercial rate on a case by case basis. Please note the additional criteria for commercial events in Section 5a of the Terms and Conditions.
Requests from individuals/organisations who wish to use Plymouth Hoe for memorial services are exempt from charging bonds and are not required to use the formal event application process.
Please contact email@example.com in the first instance to discuss further details.
Balloon releases and lanterns
Plymouth City Council's balloon and lantern policy does not permit mass balloon/lantern releases to take place on our land, including school grounds, community buildings, the Hoe and the city centre. In addition to the ban on our land, we would strongly discourage people from balloon releases on their own land. However, if you do intend to release balloons visit the Marine Conservation Society website.
We will not allow on any council owned land, rodeos, circuses or travelling menageries which include performing animals and will use our statutory powers to prevent performing animal acts in theatres wherever possible.
For more information visit the animal welfare page.
If your event proposes the use of licensable activities, it is the event organiser’s responsibility to obtain the necessary licenses through the Licensing team.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Use of streets and road closures
If your event uses the streets or pavements, you will need to seek permission from Highways. If your event is a walk, which uses both a Council site and the streets, you must contact both.
Contact email@example.com for further information.
Should your event require road closures, you will need to make the application a minimum of 16 weeks prior to your event date.
Contact Plymouth Transport and Highways (South West Highways) firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 668000 for further information.
PADAN (Plymouth Area Disability Action Network), with the support of Plymouth City Council’s Social Inclusion Unit, has the aim to generate the kind of information necessary for disabled people to participate in local events, and to enable PADAN to give access information in its publicity and promotion of any event to its disabled members.
Following your event application, you will need to complete the PADAN form and send to email@example.com.
Advertising your event
Once your event has been granted permission in principle (see application process below) you can submit your event onto the VisitPlymouth website to add to the website’s event listing to help promote your event.
If you wish to place a banner on one of our official sites, you’ll need to apply for permission by visiting the highways page.
Expression of Interest
If you wish to apply to hold an event on Plymouth Hoe, you will need to complete the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this webpage. We will use this information to assess viability of your proposal and check availability. The more information provided to us initially will improve the reviewing process.
- Contact us with your event proposal and date requested, or submit your Expression of Interest via the application form.
- We will respond via email advising you if your proposal is viable and date is available. You will then be directed to make the full application and also submit supplementary documents.
- We will request a site visit with you to run through your proposed event layout.
- Upon submitting your full event application and supplementary documents, we will advise your of your event application status i.e. application accepted or declined and confirm to you the Site Bond fee. Once you have confirmed you wish to proceed on this basis, you will be requested to send the fee to us.
- We will then carry out a detailed check of your application and supplementary documents, and request further information where necessary.
- We will grant permission in principle for your event. This is dependent on sign off following submission of all required documents and all relevant parties have been contacted, licences sought etc.
- We will grant final approval to your event – this is your event signed off with no requirement for further documents.
Please use the below form to apply to hold your event on Plymouth Hoe. If you wish to hold an event in a different location, please use the contact details under Locations.
You will need to create an account before submitting your expression of interest, unless you have submitted an event previously on this form and so you can log in with those details.
If whilst completing the form you wish to come back to it at a later time, you can click 'save now' and exit.
Terms and Conditions [PDF, 206KB]
Event Management Plan [PDF, 83KB]
PADAN Form [Word, 92KB]
Emergency access route guidance [PDF, 577KB]
Risk assessment template [Word, 222KB]
For further advice on organising a safe and successful event, visit:
The Events Safety Advisory Group deal with safety at public events and shouldn't be confused with the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) which is a statutory body that deals with safety at sports grounds.
The core members of the Events Safety Advisory Group comprise senior officers from the Council and all the emergency services working in the city.
Its purpose is to meet regularly to consider forthcoming events and to give advice to organisers.
Public event safety guidance for organisers [PDF, 638KB]
The ESAG isn't responsible for granting licenses for events, please visit our licensing and permits page for more information.