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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for great experiences

Event help and advice


We want events in Stockton to be enjoyable but also run safety and well.

Stockton Borough Council has established an Independent Safety Advisory Group (ISAG) to provide guidance and specialist advice to Event Organisers in staging their events and helping them understand their individual responsibilities and those of other agencies, eg. Police, Local Authority. 

The ISAG comprises of senior officers from all emergency services (Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Ambulance Service) and senior officers from Stockton Borough Council (Highways, Traffic Management, Building Control, Licensing and Environmental Health). Other relevant organisations are invited to meetings on an ad-hoc basis. 

The main principle of ISAG is to create consistent and coordinated safety processes to oversee and enhance public safety at large public events and gatherings. 

View the Stockton Independent Safety Advisory Group Protocols.

The Group will consider event plans looking at content and structure of safety systems and will comment on matters such as health and safety issues, licensing requirements, traffic issues including road closures, medical cover and much more which event organisers may find useful when planning their event.

The group will consider many types of events, usually outdoor events, possibly with marquees or other temporary structures. Typical examples of events would include, but are not limited to:  

 Fetes and Fairs

 Fireworks displays

 Trade shows

 Large scale company parties

 Sporting events

 Open air concerts and music festivals  

 Horse shows, agricultural shows, dog shows

 Processions marches and carnivals  

 Vehicle / caravan shows 

 Street Parties

 Open air entertainment including theatre, 

 opera and historic re- enactments

 Religious events


ISAG Meeting Dates 

The group meets regularly to consider event applications and in particular safety implications associated with an event. ISAG meeting dates for 2018 are as follows: 

  • Tuesday 03 April 2018
  • Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Tuesday 12 June 2018
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018

  • Thursday 09 August 2018
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018
  • Tuesday 16 October 2018
  • Tuesday 13 November 2018

If you would like your event plan to be considered by ISAG, please contact the Events Team on 01642 526750, or email [email protected]  


ISAG Guidance

All large scale events which take place on Council land are required to be submitted to ISAG approximately 8 weeks before the event date. 

If you intend to utilise or permit any of the following attractions your event will need to be considered by the ISAG. 


 Motorcycle displays  Foreshore boat

 Power supply

 Park and ride  Parachutists

 PA system

 Stewarding / security  Inflatables (e.g bouncy castle) 

 Live entertainment / music    

 Lost children point  Hot air balloons

 Fairground equipment

 Aircraft or motor vehicles  Balloon launch


 Onsite communications  Horse / donkeys / other animals

 Food and drink concessions        

 Portable staging / marquees          Train hire

 Portable generator

 Barrier fencing  Berthing facilities


 Water (site dependent)  Bonfire / BBQ permit

 Carnival / procession

 Re-enactment groups  Living history


Submit and application

Download the Event Application Form and submit it to [email protected], alternatively you can

Submit an event application online                     

This application should be completed by the person who is responsible for event planning. It should be submitted 8 weeks in advance of your event.


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