Event permissions and licences
If you are planning to host an event in Lichfield District, you need to double check the permissions and licenses you need.
There are often strict timetables in place for applying for these, and without them your event cannot go ahead.
We therefore strongly recommend you consider the permissions and licences you need as part of your early planning considerations, and well before you invest anything in setting up the event, to be sure they can be successfully gained in time for the event.
Permissions could include but are not limited to:
Permission from the landowner
Landowners will likely have their own set of conditions or requirements that you will need to meet. We recommend you seek/gain permission in writing.
- Lichfield's Market Square and Minster Pool Walk require the permission of Lichfield City Council and hire charges may apply.
- The Close around Lichfield Cathedral requires the permission of Lichfield Cathedral and charges may apply.
- Recreational land in Burntwood requires the permission of Burntwood Town Council and charged may apply.
- Due to COVID-19 our parks currently aren't available to hire.
- Streets or city/town centre locations require the permission of the Staffordshire County Council or Lichfield City Council.
Alcohol and entertainment licences
If you would like to sell or supply alcohol at your event, or provide regulated entertainment, such as music or dancing in an area that doesn’t already have a premises licence, will need to apply for a premises licence or a temporary event notice (TEN).
- Applications for premises licences must be made a minimum of 28 day before they are required. You should also allow extra time to appeal possible objections to a licence
- Applications for temporary event notices (TENs) must be made a minimum of 10 days before they are required. You should also allow extra time to appeal possible objections to a licence.
Hire a park
To hire Beacon Park or another district council owned park, please read our park hire guide. Charges apply.
Trading on streets
If you are planning to hold an event that includes trading on streets (does not apply in parks), such as market stalls or mobile caterers, you will need to ensure your traders apply for street trading licences in place.
You may wish to apply for special event status to benefit from subsidised street trading licence fees.
You may wish to close one or more streets temporarily for part or all of the day of the event. If you do, you will need to apply for a road/street closure at least six weeks ahead of your event. Find out more about applying for a road/street closure.
Sometimes before a road closure can be granted the event organiser must submit a traffic management plan, which demonstrates how any additional interference with normal traffic movements will be minimised.
Rolling street closures (overnight or multiple days) should be made to Staffordshire County Council as the highways authority. Download more information from the county council.
If you would like to advertise your event through posters/banners, depending on where you want to put them up and their size, you may need planning permission and/or landowner consent.
It can take up to two months to gain planning permission, and you may need to pay a fee.
It is illegal to fly-post on private property, structures, paving and street furniture. If you display banners/posters without planning permission and landowner's consent, you may be in breach of the law, and your banners/posters may be removed without notice.