Applying to hire Public Park or open space for an outdoor event


Applying to Hire Public Park or Open Space for an Outdoor Event in Bristol

Welcome to the application site for the use of Bristol Council’s public parks and open spaces. If this is your first time making an application you will need to register to use the site prior to beginning your application.

Bristol Council Event Policy

Bristol City Council’s Public Outdoor Events Policy was last approved in 2007 and updated in 2013.  Each policy is written following stakeholder consultation to outline Bristol City Council’s procedures and guidance to third parties applying for and delivering safe events in Bristol.

The Public Outdoor Event Policy 2017 has been updated to align with Bristol City Council values included within Corporate Strategy 2017-22, which describe the approach we will take in order to achieve our vision. 

A supporting toolkit is currently being updated to provide further advice and guidance on Bristol City Council policy and procedures and is due to be published in September 2017.  Please get in touch with the Site Permissions Team with any questions about the Outdoor Event Policy, procedures or toolkit.    

Application fees

There are two levels of application fee. Applications for commercial events will cost £120.00 + VAT. Applications for non-profit/community events will cost £70.00 inclusive of VAT.

You will be issued an invoice for your application after you have submitted your application.

Hire fees

You can estimate how much hiring a space will cost you by reading the outdoor Event Classifications and by checking our current event hire fees and charges 2017 to 2018.  Both documents are available to download using the links on the right of this page.

How long does it take for an application to be processed?

See outdoor Event Classifications document.  

Would you like further advice and guidance?

Event organisers are invited to meet a member of Bristol City Council’s Events Team to talk through the planning of your event.

Sessions take place on the first Monday and second Tuesday of every month. You can book up to a 30 minute slot, which will offer advice and guidance on the site permissions process for applying for an event on council managed land, and things to consider in your planning. 

To register visit:      

If you have any queries, please call 0117 903 7728 or email we endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.  



Event Application

Please follow this link to begin your application.

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