Land and Property
The council owns a portfolio of land, including parks, open spaces and car parks. If you wish to use our land to hold an event, you must submit your application in writing at least eight weeks before the proposed event. To hold a large scale event e.g. a concert, your application should be submitted at least six months in advance.
Council is currently accepting requests to use Council land for external events subject to compliance with current government Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance which can be found on the nidirect government services website:
Since 28 March 2020 various health protection regulations have been in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. The regulations are available on the Department of Health website:
Indoor and outdoor gatherings (excluding private dwellings, weddings, and funerals)
Up to six people (including children of all ages) from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors, or in non-domestic indoor settings for a permitted reason. You should maintain social distancing by being at least two metres apart, as well as good hand and respiratory hygiene practices. You may not organise, operate or take part in an indoor or outdoor gathering which consists of more than six people.
The following exemptions apply:
- a gathering in a workplace, if it is not possible to work at home
- a gathering to provide emergency or medical assistance to any person
- blood donation and vaccine sessions
- elite sports (not spectators)
The organiser must have carried out a risk assessment which meets the requirement of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and take all reasonable measures to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.
The risk assessment required under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020 to be submitted by the organiser must specify the maximum number of audience/performers and the control measures they intend to put in place to mitigate against the spread of the virus. A copy of this risk assessment and an account of the reasonable measures taken must accompany the Request to Use Council Land application form to enable Council to consider the application. The organiser must also include contingency arrangements should cancellation at short notice be required.
Applications will not be considered if not accompanied by this risk assessment and evidence of their Public Liability Insurance (£10m Indemnity cover).
Organisers must comply with the current government Coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations guidance in place at the time of their event.
The use of Council owned land for external events will be kept under review.
How to apply to use Council land
To request permission to use council property or land for an event, complete the form below and return to the Land and Property Section.
Or use the online form below.
If you would like further information, please contact us
07546 653611 / 07546 653610