New Concert and Special Events Bylaw regulates large-scale events

March 17, 2015

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Strathcona County’s new concert and special events bylaw will require large event organizers to properly plan for the resources needed to ensure attendee safety and protection of property for events involving over 300 people.

Under Concert and Special Events Bylaw 22-2014, organizers of events for more than 300 attendees are required to submit a licence application, along with a $300 licensing fee, at least 90 days prior to the event date. Organizers are encouraged to first contact Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170 to find out if they need to apply for a licence or if their event is exempt. 

Examples of indoor and outdoor events covered under the bylaw include music festivals and concerts, dances and dance parties, rodeos, circuses, trade shows, expositions, exhibitions and athletic or sports events. Enforcement fines are $5,000 for a first offence and $7,500 for any subsequent offence, as established in the bylaw. Strathcona County Enforcement Services are responsible for the administration and implementation of the bylaw, which came into effect May 6, 2014.

Events that are exempt from the bylaw include events on lands owned or controlled by Strathcona County that are either hosted or authorized by the County; events on lands owned or controlled by a local school board; and events for which a development permit has been issued under the County’s land use bylaw to allow for incidental gatherings or events.

Events that may be exempt from the bylaw include, but are not limited to, private social functions such as family reunions and weddings, non-profit private parties or events, and non-commercial events and celebrations that are held in community halls or public facilities. Organizers for these types of events should first contact Enforcement Services to find out if their event is exempt.

More information about the concert and special events bylaw, including how to apply for a licence or contact Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170, or visit the RCMP detachment at 911 Bison Way in Sherwood Park.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Contact:

Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595