Issue details

Event Policy and Suitability of Events Document to be implemented

The report details a review of the current Thanet District Council events policy, processes and proposes the revised Event Policy and introduction of the Suitability of Events document along with an update in fees and charges.


Events help to contribute to the local economy in Thanet. There were over 230 events organised in Thanet over the last few years (this is a reduced number due to the COVID 19 pandemic). These events help to promote the culture, build community spirit, and contribute to increasing visitors to the area.


These events included:


  • Red Bull Quicksands;
  • Great Bucket and Spade Run;
  • Broadstairs food Festival;
  • Dickens Festival;
  • Kite Surfing Championships;
  • Margate Festival;


The updated policy will enable organisers to understand the events process, giving them guidance and support when organising events in Thanet. The policy outlines the importance of safety, identifying that events need to be covid-19 compliant, and that organisers need to be thinking about reducing carbon emissions in line with the climate emergency called by TDC in 2019.


TDC will also include workshops for event organisers and other training and learning opportunities.


The new fees and charges establish a clear charging framework to ensure that the costs of hiring council land is transparent from the beginning of the process.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Significant effect on communities;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 14/07/2021

Decision due: 26 Oct 2021 by Overview & Scrutiny Panel

Decision due: 18 Nov 2021 by Cabinet

Lead member: Councillor George Kup, Shadow Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Propertys

Lead director: Gavin Waite

Contact: Penny Button, Head of Neighbourhoods Tel: 01843 577425 Email: Tel: 01843 577425.

What the decision will mean: To update the existing policy providing clear guidance for events organisers and updated fees and charges.


Agenda items


  • OSP report  
  • Cabinet report