Event and Photography Permits

Can I hold an event in St Stephen’s Green Park?

The Office of Public Works recognises that the holding of appropriate events in its historic sites does much to increase their public profile, and since this is a key objective of the Office, accepts applications to do so. Family-focused events are particularly encouraged, as well as events that include elements of:

heritage, conservation, history, education, art, sculpture, culture, music, performance, horticulture, biodiversity

The matrix of uses must be checked before you apply for permission.

What documents are required for an event/ photography/ filming?

Before applying (by online form only), please remember that if you are granted permission to hold your event in this location, you must prepare to have:

    • public liability insurance to the value of 6.5 million euro in one instance with the Commissioners of Public Works named and specifically indemnified on the policy
    • an indemnity form will be sent to you after your application is received and all paperwork is in order. Download a sample indemnity form here.
    • a refundable deposit in case of damage to the Park, and in case of breach of conditions
    • an Event Safety Management Plan, a Traffic Management Plan, an Emergency Plan, Method Statement, and a Production Schedule
    • evidence of full consultation with statutory bodies, any residence groups, and adjacent institutions, well in advance of the event, and evidence of your meeting of their requirements
    • all music performances must be IMRO ( Irish Music Rights Association) compliant.

Download the Event Management plan in Word or PDF.

When should I apply?

Photoshoots require a minimum of three working days’ notice. Small scale events require at least four weeks’ minimum notice, and larger events eight weeks’ notice.

No late applications are accepted, and no provisional bookings are made. Once an application is received, a response can be expected in three working days. Application by online booking form only.

What times are performances permitted?

Performances, including musical, are permitted from Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 2pm. Weekend performances are permitted all day. All performances that involve music must be IMRO-compliant.

What type of events are not permitted in St Stephen's Green Park?

Please see the matrix of uses to check this.

Can I get married in the park?

You cannot currently get married or hold a civil ceremony in St Stephen’s Green Park. You may, however, wish to have your wedding photographs taken there. A permit is needed; just apply with at least three days’ notice. It does not cost any fee to have wedding photos taken in the Green.

A number of other historic sites cared for by the OPW are available to host your civil ceremony – click here for more details.

Does it cost money to hold an event?


Wedding photographs: free.
Commercial photoshoot: €125 excluding vat per hour.
Charity/ tourism etc: €50 excluding vat per hour.
Filming: price on request, depending on size and location.
Event: price on request, and will depend on size and location.
Fitness type classes: €15 excluding vat per hour per class, and there is a max of fifteen per class.
Musical performances in bandstand: free.

Payments are by electronic means only.

Are there rules and laws for St Stephen's Green Park?

Yes, there are bye-laws regulating the use and enjoyment of St Stephen’s Green Park. These are in the Irish Statute Book, and can be read online here.


Matrix of Uses


Event Safety Management Plan

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