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Information about events

Events include pop, rock, and classical concerts, the Hogmanay celebrations, the World Pipe Band Championships and International Athletics Championships and attendance can vary from a few hundred to more than 50,000.

For each event the organiser has prime responsibility for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of everyone attending or working at the event and it is recommended that the event organiser consult with the local authority and emergency services at the planning stage.

Apply for a Public Entertainment licence

In most cases an application for a Public Entertainment Licence (a Special Safety Certificate for sports grounds) will be required.

Applications should be submitted to:

Chief Executives Office
City Chambers
235 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RX

The Licensing section can advise on the last lodging date for an application which is related to the proposed event date. Experience has shown that for large events, contact with the local authority 6 -9 months before the proposed event is a realistic timescale.

An Event Safety Team may be created to co-ordinate all the planning aspects of major events, and will comprise the organiser, local authority, emergency services, health authority, security company and venue manager.  The team will meet on a regular basis to ensure that all members are updated on the proposals.

Building Standards and Public Safety has considerable input into major events, at both indoor and outdoor venues, particularly in relation to crowd capacity, means of escape, raised structures, crowd control barriers and general safety matters. Contact with the Service is encouraged to discuss relevant issues at the earliest possible time.

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