Under the Planning & Development Act 2000 (as amended), an event is defined as:
- a public performance which takes place wholly or mainly in the open air or in a structure with no roof or a partial, temporary or retractable roof, a tent or similar temporary structure and which is comprised of music, dancing, displays of public entertainment or any of a like kind; and
- any other event as prescribed by the Minister under Section 241.
Where an outdoor public event will have more than 5,000 in attendance, the organiser is required to obtain an outdoor events licence from the Local Authority.
An application for an outdoor event licence must be lodged with the Local Authority a minimum 13 weeks prior to the commencement of the first event to which the application refers.
To apply for an outdoor event license, event organisers must submit a prescribed preliminary risk assessment form of the proposed event.
Event organisers must also hold a pre-application consultation meeting with the Local Authority. Prescribed bodies will be invited to attend this meeting by the Local Authority. These meetings must be held within the 12 month period prior to the date of the event. Applications for events where this meeting has not occurred must be refused.