Please note that this information refers to events within the municipal boundaries of the County of Newell. If holding an event within the City of Brooks, Town of Bassano, Villages of Duchess or Rosemary or Provincial Parks please contact that respective agency for further information.
The following information is not all inclusive and it is up to the event holders to ensure they follow all applicable laws and regulations.
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AlcoholYou may be required by the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission to obtain a
License for your event. Try either one of the following links or contact the Commission for further regulations concerning the serving and sales of Alcohol at your event.
BylawsCertain Bylaws may have an effect on your event and as such it would be advisable for you to refer to these bylaws to ensure you are following the regulations:
Hamlet Noise Bylaw - 1745-11
Traffic Bylaw - 1810-15
There may also be Federal and Provincial Laws that need to be adhered to.
The members of the Emergency Services Departments may be able to provide you with some safety tips.
Facilities & Clean Up
Tents – The Alberta Fire Code and Alberta Building Code regulates Tents. Tents need to be fire rated and may require the same safety features (exits and travel paths to exits, emergency lighting, exit lights and occupancy loads) as other structures. Contact your local Fire Department and County of Newell Planning & Development Department for more details.
Waste Collection & Recycling – Provide for sufficient collection points. This will assist in clean up later on.
Clean Up – Removal of all debris and waste cleanup is your responsibility. The location needs to be brought back to its sparkling appeal.
Fire Permits and Fire Works
Fireworks are regulated by the Alberta Fire Code. This includes both Low Hazard (Family / Consumer class) and High Hazard (Display class) fireworks.
Contact County of Newell Planning & Development Department [403-362-3266] to ensure your event does not require a Development Permit.
Talk to the neighboring landowner well in advance to avoid any conflicts during the event.
Parking and Pedestrians
What about pedestrian access to ensure their safety? Highways and pedestrians can be disastrous. Did you consider Handicap access?
Roads, Public and Private
Consult Alberta Transportation https://www.transportation.alberta.ca/4.htm
Or Volker Stevin Highways Ltd. (1-888-877-6237).
Private Roads – Obtain permission to use the road
Temporary fencing should be considered depending on the type of event (e.g. beer gardens) to keep the event restricted to those who are to be there.
Signs may also be required for directions and locations of the event itself or specific aspects of the event.
Please plan a safe and enjoyable event for all and remember that "Safety is an Attitude”