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Holding an event - how to apply

Residents in Leicester and its outlying areas, including Birstall, Thurmaston and Wanlip in Charnwood, are to be asked to continue to follow stricter lockdown restrictions for at least two weeks, and non-essential shops will be closed. More information - including frequently asked questions and a postcode checker - can be found at

Please note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in line with current government guidelines, we are not able to accept event applications and notifications at this time. This page will be updated when the situation changes.

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.

To begin the application process please call us on 01509 634710 or send an email to confirming:

  • The name of the organisation that will be managing the event
  • A summary of the event, including:
    • Proposed location
    • Date(s) and times
    • A brief description of the event
    • Approximate number of people expected to attend
    • Whether you will be receiving any income as a result of holding the event
    • Whether you will need a road closure or temporary signage (this will usually require you to gain separate, formal approval from Leicestershire County Council or Charnwood Borough Council). Further information can be found on the temporary road closures page

Once we receive this information we will confirm the application process, advise on the suitability of the land (or possible alternatives) and check for potential event clashes.  We will also confirm whether there will be a charge.  You can find out more about our hire charges at fees and charges page.

To apply, you will need to send us:

  • A completed Event Notification form which can be downloaded below:
  • An event-specific risk assessment (please contact us if you need any advice on a suggested format for your risk assessment)
  • Written proof of Public Liability Insurance (a minimum of £5 million cover is required)

Depending on the nature and complexity of the event, we may also ask you to submit other documents, for example:

We ask organisers to submit a completed Event Notification form, and all other required event planning documentation, by the following timescales prior to the event date:

No road closure and (or) temporary signage required

Road closure and (or) temporary signage required

Up to 150 participants

6 weeks

15 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 shown above please contact us and we will let you know whether it might be possible to process your application more quickly (this cannot be guaranteed).

If your event is based in Charnwood but not being held on Council owned land or Loughborough Market Place we would still like to hear from you. For further information about how to let us know about your event please visit how to notify us webpage.

Please note: If you might require any support / infrastructure from our Markets and Fairs team (e.g. power supply, market stalls, etc.) for your event please contact them at the earliest possible opportunity on 01509 634713 or A minimum of six weeks’ notice is normally required.

If you have any queries, or would like to talk to us about your proposed event, please contact us on or by phone on 01509 634710.

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