One thing that you may have thought of for large, outdoor public events is the number of water closets you may need. What you may not know or have thought of is that there are minimum sanitary requirements depending on the expected size of your event. You will also need to cater for both able-bodied and disabled persons. These minimum requirements will also dictate the number of hand wash units that will need to be installed. All temporary water closets and drainage, however, will also need to be approved by the local Environmental Health Officer and corresponding health board in accordance with the Water Pollution Act. The approved disposal of waste water is also of great concern.

For large events, the provision of free potable water points is also a matter of policy as decided by the government despite onsite sale of bottled water.

Whatever your event, you can never be too careful and it is important to go through all associated rules and regulations regarding sanitation, safety and hygiene. There is plenty of available information on the internet but if in doubt, then never hesitate to get in contact with the local council who will be more than happy to help.

Paperwork, licenses, permits and certifications require time, thought, money and a significant amount of patience. Do not however, attempt to try and bend the rules and find yourself on the wrong side of the law. The price you will pay will be much more that you would have simply paid for the license in the first place!


Following a University degree and a drastic career move, Fiona Warren-Bassett soon found herself rapidly moving forward in the events and PR world. Enjoying the change of direction, Fiona went on to further her Event Management experience, spending 6 years working for a renowned cruise line company. Having travelled extensively and been actively involved in many events and weddings, Fiona has since returned to land and has successfully launched her freelance writing and PR career.
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