Safety at Public Events 

Public events can range from village fêtes and county shows to large concerts and major events for internationally acclaimed performers, sporting activities, etc.

Whatever the venue the Fire Safety Strategy and the Emergency and Evacuation Plans play a vital role in managing the safety at the event. 


The key piece of Legislation that applies to events is the Licensing Act 2003. It is very important that you familiarise yourself with the key points in this act as you have a legal duty to comply with this, whatever the size of your event.

Alongside the 2003 Licensing Act, all proposed events must conform to the following guidance and legislation:

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Open-air Events and Venues
  • The Event Safety Guide: A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (HSG 195)
  • The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events
  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Successful Health and Safety Management (HSG 65)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
  • The Children’s Act 2004
  • Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
  • Equalities Act 2010

Safety Advisory Group (SAG)

Each local authority has a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) to provide advice on event safety matters and to ensure that public safety is maintained.  A SAG considers all event-licensing requests and offers advice and guidance to all parties concerned.

The SAG is made up of representatives from various organisations, including:

  • Local Authority
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Police Service
  • Ambulance Service

SAGs usually meet once a month to consider the progress of public events, as well as new applications.

Click on a section below to learn more


         Event Organiser                             Fire Safety                                Planning and
                                                                                                                    Risk Assessments

  Emergency Procedures

         Contact Details 

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Forest View Business Park
CF72 8LX

Tel: 01443 232000

Report a Fire Safety Concern

Have you recently visited a building where you were concerned about the Fire Safety Precautions or management - if so complete the online form to report your concern or contact us:

Phone on 01443 232716 (Normal Working Hours) or 01443 232000 (24 hour number).


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Page Last Updated on 14/6/2017