Event Planning

Manager: Lise-Ann Sheahan


If you are planning an outdoor event in Limerick you may find the following information quite useful.


What is an outdoor event?

An outdoor event is defined as a public performance which takes place mainly in the open air or in a structure with no roof or a partial, temporary or retractable roof, a tent or similar temporary structure and which consists of music, dancing, displays of public entertainment or any activity of a like kind. 


When is an Event License required?

An event licence is required from the Planning Department in order to  hold an outdoor event where the audience comprises of 5,000 or more people, under Part XVI of the Planning & Development Act 2000-2010 (As Amended) and Part 16 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001 (As Amended).


How to Apply for an Outdoor Event Licence

  • To apply for a licence to hold an outdoor event an F18 - Licence Application Form for an Event must be completed - Available to download at the end of this page
  • The licence application must be submitted at least 10 weeks prior to date of event or, in the case of an application for a number of events at a venue in a period not exceeding one year, at least 16 weeks prior to the holding of the first event.


Planning Department

The Planning department is based in Patrick Street, Limerick and is responsible for realising the economic potential of the City and County by the provision of infrastructure and the promotion of retailing, tourism and general commercial and industrial development. Key services of this department include:

  • The Review of the City Development Plan
  • The Control of Development
  • The implementation of Government programmes for tax exempt developments
  • The Conservation of Natural and Built Environment
  • The provision of advice and guidance
  • Operation of the Casual Trading Area
  • Advise and Management of City Events

Email: planning@limerick.ie

Call: +353 61 407210

Address: Limerick City and County Council, 7/8 Patrick Street, Limerick.


What is included in an Event Licence Application?

  1. Copy of complete page of both local and national newspaper in which required notice has been published
  1. Copy of Location Map – Scale 1:1000 in built up areas and 1:2500 in all other areas
  2. Site layout plan
  3. Statutory €2,500 fee (chargeable only when the event being held is for profit or gain)
  4. Draft management plan to include:
  • The name/s and responsibilities of the event controllers, the event safety officer and their deputies
  • A Draft Site Emergency Plan
  • A Draft Traffic Management Plan
  • A Draft Safety Strategy Statement
  • A Draft Environment Monitoring Programme for before, during and after the proposed event
  • Details of the proposed plan for the licensed area
(copies of the application and accompanying documents, maps and drawings)

If the applicant is not the owner/occupier, a letter of consent from the owner to carry out the proposal in question must accompany the application.


Further Information:

For further information please do get in touch. 

Contact: Lise-Ann Sheahan

Telephone: 061 407501

Email: liseann.sheahan@limerick.ie


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