Environmental health officers carry out routine checks on public buildings to make sure they are safe to visit.
A public building is a place where persons may assemble for civic, theatrical, social, political, religious, educational, entertainment, recreational, sporting or business purposes. A public building also includes fenced off outdoor events such as music festivals
Our environmental health officers regularly carry out checks to ensure compliance with the Health (Public Buildings ) Regulations. This includes checks on fire safety, sanitary accommodation and maintenance in public areas.
Organisers of public events are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of those attending.
Where an event is for civic, theatrical, social, political, religious, educational, entertainment, recreational, sporting or business purposes then the event may be considered a public building under the Health (Public Building) Regulations 1992 and a Public Building Approval will be required.
Organisers should complete and return Forms 1 and 2 to Health Services at least 14 days prior to the intended date. Any temporary electrical installation should be examined and tested by a licensed electrician and Form 5 submitted to Health Services prior to the start of the event.
For larger public events, involving alcohol, structures (such as marquees, stages or tiered seating), amplified entertainment or where the number of people attending is likely to exceed 50, the organiser should also complete and submit an event application at least 60 days prior to the intended date.
If there are going to be stalls selling merchandise at the event an application for a stall holders licence must be made.