The council is often approached about permissions to use outdoor spaces in the city – but many are not council run and have private owners you’d need to contact directly, before then requesting license or permit requirements.
Firstly, please identify the owner of the space you are interested in (this includes shop fronts / street furniture e.g. electrical boxes & phone booths, parks, green spaces etc). This may involve some investigation e.g. looking for signage, asking locals and using the city council’s interactive property map.
To support your investigations, there is an interactive property map on the Brighton and Hove council website that allows you to decipher whether property and land is privately or council owned. This how to guide supports users using the map. Please only contact the city council if you have checked via this map that the outdoors space is council owned.
Popular locations NOT owned by the council
Brighton Train Station: contact Network Rail.
Jubilee Square: contact Sick Festival.
Jubilee Library windows: contact Jubilee Library.
Bus Stops: contact Brighton & Hove Buses.
Car parking spaces: private owners are often named on plaques. Most local car parks are owned by NCP.
Green Spaces: not all are owned by the council, please check via this interactive map.
If identified as council owned
Once certain the space is council-owned please read this guide and be specific about your idea, including details of the exact location, an image, your proposal, duration needed, activity etc. Next you will need to contact the most relevant department to your location, to ask about permissions & permit/licensing requirements. A number of council-owned spaces have pre-existing licenses so it’s worth checking these.
Costs & Events Application form
If you would like to host an event on land owned by the council (including green spaces / parks) you will need permission from our Events Office. Download this form to see full costs and email to: email@example.com
To apply for licensing permits contact Environmental Health: firstname.lastname@example.org
You might need a license for a number of reasons, e.g. serving alcohol, performing a play, exhibiting a film, live music/dance. More details.
Public Art mailing list
Generally speaking, Brighton & Hove city council do not accept speculative applications for unfunded council-owned outdoors spaces, the best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our Public Art mailing list, for local (& national) opportunities.
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