Events (including sports)

  • Organisers should consult Scottish Government website for the latest guidance
  • Guidance and legislation on events is constantly changing and can change at short notice. Please keep up to date with the latest on the Scottish Government website.
  • Any organisers need to carefully consider the possible impact of their events on the local community and should consider the appropriateness of holding an event and the scale of the event given the COVID-19 guidance.
  • All organisers of proposed events (including existing licence holders) should contact – for confirmation on licensing requirements.
  • For environmental health enquiries organisers of an event should contact the Highland Council as earliest opportunity to discuss their proposed events and COVID-19 controls:
  • Organisers should consider consultation with local community (e.g. via local Councillors or Community Councils) and other key agencies such as Police Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Organisers of sporting events should consult SportsScotland and the sport governing bodies for latest advice.


Organised gatherings or activities of limited duration that bring people together for the primary purpose of watching or participating in a community, cultural, commemorative, recreational, sporting, art, educational, entertainment, worship or business experience. This does not include weddings or other family / social gatherings.

Events Sector Guidance