The amount of government legislation and guidance that applies to staging an event, large or small, is significant and has the potential to be overwhelming for new event organisers. This however, does not need to be the case. Below is a list of relevant legislation and guidance – and a link for each can be found in the Links section in the left hand panel.

Many of the actions required to make your event compliant are simple common sense, whilst all of the requirements are there to help ensure events are conducted safely and with consideration to the environment within which it is held.

  • Licensing Act 2003
  • The Event Safety Guide: A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (HSG 195)
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Successful Health and Safety Management (HSG 65)
  • RIDDOR 1995
  • Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
  • The Children Act 2004
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Equalities Act 2010 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

Legislation, Compliance and Monitoring.

Each local authority has a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to provide advice on event safety matters and to ensure that public safety is maintained. SAG’s consider all event-licensing requests and offer advice and guidance to all parties concerned. See the dedicated page on Safety Advisory Groups for further information.