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Organising an event on council land in Adur and Worthing

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Before planning your event

If you want to hold an event on land owned by the council, you will need permission from our Events Team.

Before planning your event please contact us to make sure the area of land you want to use is available and suitable for the type of event you are proposing:

  • Events Team,
    Place & Economy,
    Adur & Worthing Councils,
    Worthing Town Hall,
    Chapel Road,
    West Sussex,
    BN11 1HA

  • Tel: 01273 263463 / 01903 221200
  • email:

Information about organising an event on council land:

  • anyone can organise an event
  • an event can be anything from a sponsored walk or community picnic through to large-scale music or sporting spectaculars
  • anywhere outside on public land can be considered a possible event site. Examples are a parks, community spaces, streets or the seafront
  • you can have an event at any time of year
  • please read our Conditions of Hire
  • expect to be asked to pay a fee for the use of our land. See below the charges for outdoor events

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How much does it cost?

Charges are for events are as follows:

Fees and charges 2019/20
Event application fee £52.50
Commercial events with an audience up to 1,000 (i.e. Funfair & Circus) per day £580.00
Commercial events with an audience of 1,000+ per day £1,170.00 *
National charities per day £265.00
Local charities per day + application fee £52.50
Community events with an audience of less than 50 No charge
Community events with an audience of 50+ Application fee only

Note: A refundable damage deposit may be charged and will be confirmed on booking your event.

The Council reserves the right to vary price for large scale events

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Application process

Contact us to confirm the date for your event is available.

Once we've agreed your location with you, complete the Open Space Application Form (below).

You must send a comprehensive risk assessment for your event with the application.

If everything is in order we will confirm your event.

You will then need to obtain public liability insurance for your event. A copy of your public liability certificate must to be sent to the Events Team to gain full consent for your event to take place.

For further information on organising a safe event see:

Documents you need to read, fill out and return:

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Advertising your event

If you wish to advertise your event you can do so on Discover Worthing or hire advertising space on various banner and poster sites across Adur and Worthing, and on lamppost advertising sites; please ask for further information with your application.

See also: Advertising events on the Discover Worthing website

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