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Hold an activity in a park or open space

To hold a fitness training or small group activity session you will need to obtain a permit from the Parks and Open Spaces team. This enables us to manage activities (in respect of safety, usage levels and potential conflict), ensuring the parks are protected and access is maintained.

Who needs to apply for a permit?

Organisers of all fitness training and small-group activities must apply, including:

  • Commercial services such as fitness training activities e.g. personal trainers (over 5 participants), boot camps, group exercise or fitness classes.
  • Educational activities e.g. educational workshops and forest schools.
  • Other small group activities, which do not otherwise constitute an event (‘small’ is defined as 50 or fewer people).

You must submit a separate application for each site you wish to use.

You will need

Full details of the proposed activity, including:

  • A description of the activity
  • Dates and times it will run including session lengths
  • The correct name for your proposed site
  • Names of all the people who will deliver the activity
  • Details of experience and qualifications held by those delivering the activity
  • Details for invoicing and payment related queries
  • The maximum number of participants you would allow at each session (permit fees will be based on maximum attendance, at the time of application, not actual attendance on the day - see the fees and charges sheet (pdf, 341KB) for further details)

You will also be asked to upload the following documents:

  • A site map which names the site you wish to use and defines the boundaries your proposed activities will take place within (not just a location point on a map please)
  • Your emergency procedures (e.g. emergency arrangements, cluster points, access points, named responsible person, contact details, first aid arrangements, nearest hospital)
  • A completed risk assessment for your proposed activity
  • A completed child protection policy and DBS certification, if applicable
  • Your safeguarding policy and arrangements in respect of the proposed activity (this may include a safeguarding policy, details of designated safeguarding lead/provider competencies, checks carried out on providers such as DBS)
  • Details of registrant/provider qualifications relevant to the activity e.g. REPS Level 3 fitness qualifications
  • Details of sanitary arrangements in place where applicable, including overview of arrangements, transport and disposal (registered waste carrier)
  • Proof of public liability insurance (£5 million cover)

If any documents are not yet available, you can opt to email them to Your application will not be processed until all supporting documents have been received.

Before you start

Do not complete this form if you wish to:

Read our fees and charges (pdf, 341KB) and terms and conditions (pdf, 284 KB) carefully before you apply.


You must submit your application form and supporting documents within the following timescales:

  • New applicants or changes to existing permit: 10 weeks before the proposed start date
  • Renew an existing permit with no changes: 28 days before the proposed start date. Ongoing agreements should be renewed annually beginning on 1 April and should be submitted by the end of February.

Make an application

For new applicants or changes to permits

There are two steps to follow:

Step one: Make an initial enquiry
Send an initial enquiry email to, so that we can confirm you are making the right type of application and offer advice on the viability of your proposal. Please include:

  1. A few sentences to introduce yourself/your company and your experience and qualifications in delivering such activities
  2. A site map showing the proposed location for the activity
  3. An overview of the proposed activity
  4. Details of any proposed infrastructure/equipment to be brought to the site
  5. Dates and times of proposed the activity
  6. Anticipated attendance

We will assess your enquiry and let you know if you may proceed to make a full application.

Step two: Apply
You should only submit your full application when the events team have confirmed you may do so.

For renewals

If you wish to renew an existing permit without making any changes you can submit your application without making an enquiry.

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Updated: 11 March 2021