If you wish to use Council owned land or Loughborough Market Place for an event you must make a formal application to us, and receive approval in writing, before your event can go ahead. 

Before you complete a formal application please send an email to to let us know a little more about your proposed event, including:

  • The name of the organisation that will be managing the event.
  • Where you would you like to hold the event.
  • Which date(s) / time(s) are likely to be involved.
  • A brief description of the event.
  • Approximate number of people expected to attend.
  • The target audience for the event.
  • Whether you may need a road closure or temporary signage (this will usually require you to seek separate, formal approval to your plans from Leicestershire County Council or Charnwood Borough Council – further information can be found on the temporary road closures webpage.

Once we receive this information we will confirm the application process, advise on the suitability of the land, check for potential event clashes and confirm whether there will be a charge.

All event organisers need to submit:

  • A completed event notification form. This form has helpful links to sources of information about event planning, licensing, health and safety, etc.
  • A site / event specific risk assessment.

You may also need to submit other documents, for example:

  • A site plan and / or route map. 
  • An event manual (for large / complex events). A copy of a suggested format for this document is given in the Event Manual.

We will not be able to issue any approval until you have provided us with written proof of Public Liability Insurance for the event (a minimum of £5 million cover is required).

If you are applying to us for permission to use Loughborough town centre (including Southfields Park, the Market Place and Queen’s Park) you can also apply to use one, or both, of our Premises Licences.  

Further information can be found on the premises licenses webpage.

We usually ask you to submit the final version(s) of all required event planning documentation, by the following timescales prior to you needing a decision:

No. of participants

No road closure and / or temporary signage required

Road closure and / or temporary signage required

Up to 150 participants

6 weeks

12 weeks

151 to 800 participants

9 weeks

15 weeks

Over 800 participants

12 weeks

18 weeks

If you are not able to achieve the deadlines above please contact us and we will let you know whether we might be possible to able to process your application more quickly.

You will not normally have exclusive access to our land, which will usually remain open to the general public for the duration of your event.

Although many Government Covid-19 restrictions have now been lifted we are conscious that many event organisers still want to build Covid-19 security measures into their event planning. You may find our Covid-19 event planning document helpful. 

Further information and guidance can also be found on the Covid-19 events questions webpage.

If your event is not being held on Council owned land or in Loughborough Market Place our general event notification process may be relevant. 

Further information can be found on the holding an event in Charnwood webpage

If you have any queries, or would like to talk to us about your proposed event, please contact us on neighbourhoods.communities@charnwood.gov.uk  or 01509 634710.

Organising and registering your event or street party

If you are arranging an event / street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, please contact Leicestershire County Council as soon as possible to ensure enough time is given to process your application. Applications received late may not be processed. 

Full details for registering an event, and details of how to apply for any road closures / restrictions, can be found on the Leicestershire County Council website.

The Government has published guidance on how to organise a street party. It can be found on the Government website.

Guide to organising a street party (Gov.uk)

Whether you are attending a community party or hosting one of your own, it is important to be aware of food safety and hygiene. The Food Standatds Agency have produced some practical tips and advice on best practice so that everyone can trust the food they’re eating.

Food Standards Agency guidance on how to safely host a street party

Last updated: Tue 2nd August, 2022 @ 11:44