A guide to planning events

We have developed a guide to safe and legal events to give you advice and guidance about organising an event.

The pack has been developed in conjunction with Police Scotland Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and other partners.

It offers guidance to event organisers and outlines the four principal steps of organising an event:

  • legal requirements including licensing, health and safety, trading standards, environmental health, etc
  • risk assessment
  • drawing up an event plan incorporating communications, crowd control, welfare arrangements, lost children, first aid etc
  • checklists ‒ pre-event, during event and post-event

The guide also includes:

  • contacts for useful services and agencies
  • advice about funding for your event
  • advice for those considering the sale of alcohol

The pack is relevant to any size of event. However if you are planning a larger public event which you think, after you have read the guidance in the pack, might involve various services of the council as well as the police and others, then please contact our resilience service via our contact centre on 03452 777 778 to discuss your project as early as possible.