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Translation validity: 19.07.2013.–15.07.2015.
Amendments not included: 18.06.2015., 14.04.2016.
Text consolidated by Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre) with amending laws of:

17 July 2008 [shall come into force on 13 August 2008];
26 March 2009 [shall come into force on 29 April 2009];
20 June 2013 [shall come into force on 19 July 2013].

If a whole or part of a section has been amended, the date of the amending law appears in square brackets at the end of the section. If a whole section, paragraph or clause has been deleted, the date of the deletion appears in square brackets beside the deleted section, paragraph or clause.

The Saeima1 has adopted and
the President has proclaimed the following Law:

Law on Safety of Public Entertainment and Festivity Events

Chapter I.
General Provisions

Section 1. Terms used in this law

The following terms are used in this Law:

1) public event - festivity, commemorative, entertainment, sports or recreational event accessible for the community and planned and organised by a natural or legal person in a public place regardless of the ownership of the property;

11) public place - within the meaning of this Law, any location that, independent of the actual utilisation or type of ownership thereof, serves the common requirements of the community and ensuring of interests thereof and that is accessible for a fee or without a fee to any natural person who is not the owner, legal possessor, or holder of the relevant location, salaried employee or other person whose presence in the relevant location is associated with the fulfilment of work duties, organisation of the event or on the basis of the work performance contract;

2) event organiser - a natural person of adult age for whom custody is not established, a legal person or State or local government institution which plans and organises a public event;

3) a person responsible for public order and safety - a natural person of adult age for whom custody is not established, who has undertaken the responsibility for observance of public order and safety in a public event and is present from the beginning till the end of such event at the place of occurrence thereof;

4) a person responsible for technical safety - a person organising the event, as well as other natural or legal person with whom the organiser has entered into an agreement regarding safe exploitation of equipment and structures used in the event and supervision of overall technical safety of the occurrence of the event;

5) persons providing order - the State Police and local government police, the National Guard, and also legal person to whom a licence to carry out guarding activities has been issued and with whom an event organiser has entered into an agreement on performance of public order and safety, and also fire prevention requirements during the event, or persons appointed by the event organiser who take care for compliance with the requirements of public order, safety and fire prevention during the public event. The State Police, local government police or the National Guard shall be persons providing order during an event organised by private persons in accordance with an agreement entered into mutually.

[17 July 2008; 20 June 2013]

Section 2. Purpose of This Law

The purpose of this Law is to ensure unimpeded and safe occurrence of public events.

Section 3. Application of this Law

(1) This Law sets out legal framework for organisation and occurrence of public events, rights, obligations and liability of an event organiser, and also other persons involved in the public event, in order to ensure public order and safety during such event.

(2) This Law shall not apply to:

1) events organised by religious organisations, which have been registered in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations, in churches, houses of prayer, cemeteries, cloisters or in the territory owned (possessed) by such organisations;

2) meetings, processions and pickets regulated by the Law On Meetings, Processions and Pickets;

3) funeral ceremonies.

Section 4. Organisation of Public Events on Commemoration Days

(1) State and local government institutions shall not organise public events, and local governments shall not issue a permit to organise such events on commemoration days, which are laid down on 25 March, 8 May, 14 June and 4 July.

(2) The provision of Paragraph one of this Section shall not apply to public events the type and purpose of which conforms to the nature of such commemoration days.

Section 4.1 General Restrictions Related to the Occurrence of a Public Event

(1) The following is prohibited during the occurrence of a public event:

1) to turn against independence of the Republic of Latvia, territorial indivisibility thereof, to express suggestions regarding forcible amending of the State structure of Latvia, to call not to obey the laws;

2) to propagate violence, hate, open nazism, fascism or communism ideology;

3) to propagate war, and also praise or call to commit criminal offences and other law infringements;

4) to use, including in stylised way, the flags, coats of arms and anthems of the former USSR, former republics of the USSR and fascist Germany, fascist swastika, SS signs and soviet symbols - sickle and hammer along with a five-pointed star, except for the cases when the purpose of use of them is not related to glorification of totalitarian regimes or acquittal of committed criminal offences;

5) to act in such a way which causes danger to the safety and health of participants of the measure or other persons.

(2) Persons shall be held liable for infringement of the provisions abovementioned in Paragraph one of this Section in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations.

[20 June 2013]

Chapter II.
Application of a Public Event and Procedures for Examination of a Submission

Section 5. Application of a Public Event

(1) In order to apply a public event and receive a permit to organise it, an event organiser shall lodge a submission to a local government in the administrative territory of which it is intended to organise the relevant event not later than 15 days before occurrence of the planned public event in conformity with the requirements of Section 6 of this Law. If the place of venue of the public event is in the administrative territory of several local governments, a submission shall be lodged to all relevant local governments. An event organiser shall send a copy of the submission to the relevant State Police institution, but, if it is intended to organise the event in a borderland zone - also to the relevant State Border Guard board.

(2) A permit is not required for the organising of public events, if they are organised by a State or local government institution, and also for organising of public events on the premises and organising of public sports events in sports centres.

(3) If a public event is organised by a State institution, it shall inform the local government in the administrative territory of which it is intended to organise such event, regarding the time and place of occurrence thereof.

(4) [17 March 2005]

[17 July 2008; 26 March 2009]

Section 6. Information to be Provided in a Submission and Documents to be Appended Thereto

(1) An event organiser shall provide the following information in a submission for organising of a public event:

1) event organiser (for a natural person - the given name, surname, personal identity number and address of the place of residence, for a legal person - the name, registration number and legal address of a legal person);

2) a person responsible for technical safety (for a natural person - the given name, surname, personal identity number and address of the place of residence, for a legal person - the name, registration number and legal address of a legal person);

3) a person responsible for public order and safety (the given name, surname, personal identity number and address of the place of residence);

4) persons providing order (for a natural person - the given name, surname, personal identity number and address of the place of residence, for a legal person - the name, registration number and legal address of a legal person);

5) type and objective of the event;

6) place, time of venue, starting and planned end time;

7) planned number of visitors and participants to the event;

8) dangerous devices to be used in the event;

9) the support of State and local government institutions required for undisturbed and safe occurrence of the event.

(2) The following shall be appended to the submission:

1) copies of those contracts which an event organiser has entered into with persons providing order, persons responsible for technical safety, and also public order and safety of the event, by presenting the originals;

2) a detailed plan of the event;

3) a written consent of the owner of the place of occurrence for organising it, if he or she is not the event organiser.

(3) If dangerous devices will be located or used at the place of venue of the public event, an event organiser shall append to the submission a permit necessary for the possessor of dangerous devices for the use thereof which is stipulated in the laws and regulations and copies of other documents necessary for the exploitation of such devices, by presenting the originals.

(4) When lodging a submission, an event organiser shall present a personal identification document, and a representative of a legal person - also documents attesting his or her rights to represent the relevant legal person.

Section 7. Examination of a Submission

(1) The local government shall examine a submission within 10 days of the date when it was received.

(2) A local government shall notify the place and time of examination of the submission to the event organiser. The local government shall invite representatives of the police, and also representatives of the State Border Guard to the examination of the submission, if the event is organised in a borderland zone. The local government at its discretion may invite also representatives of other State or local government institutions and other specialists to the examination of the submission.

(3) The local government shall examine, whether an event organiser has complied with all requirements of this Law, whether the applied event will not disturb occurrence of other public event applied previously to the relevant local government, whether it will not endanger public order and safety, human life and health, and take the relevant motivated decision - to issue a permit to organise such event, not to issue a permit for organising thereof or suspend (not more than for five working days) examination of the submission for rectification of deficiencies indicated in the decision.

(31) If the planned event is being organised at the borderland zone and during examination of a submission the threats are detected that during the event it is possible for persons to cross the State border and move properties and goods illegally, bypassing the controls necessary for the State border crossing or border crossing points, and also in the cases, when reinforced border control is determined in the relevant borderland zone territory or in the territory of neighbouring country adjacent to the State border, a permit for organising of the even shall not be issued to the event organiser.

(4) If a local government determines that the planned measure may not take place in the place or time indicated in the submission, it shall offer another place or time. In such case the local government shall issue a permit for organising the relevant event, if an event organiser agrees to the offered place and time of occurrence of the event.

(5) If a local government takes a decision not to issue a permit to organise the planned event, an event organiser may appeal the decision of the local government in accordance with the procedures laid down in the Administrative Procedures Law.

(6) If a local government takes a decision to issue a permit to organise a public event, an event organiser shall insure civil legal liability. The local government shall issue a permit to organise public event following the event organiser has submitted copies of the documents attesting the fact of civil legal insurance thereof, by presenting the originals. The event organiser shall lodge the copies of the documents attesting the fact of civil legal insurance not later than two days before the beginning of occurrence of the planned public event. If the event organiser fails to lodge the copies of the documents attesting the fact of civil legal insurance within the laid down time period, the local government shall not issue a permit to organise the relevant event.

[17 July 2008; 26 March 2009]

Section 8. Permit to Organise a Public Event

(1) A permit to organise a public event (hereinafter - the permit) shall be a document issued by a local government which confer the right for an event organiser to organise one-time public event at certain place and time in the administrative territory of the relevant local government.

(2) If the place of venue of the public event is located in the administrative territory of several local governments (Section 5, Paragraph one of this Law), the event organiser shall obtain permits from all relevant local governments.

(3) The following shall be indicated in a permit:

1) name and legal address of the local government issuing the permit;

2) the information abovementioned in Section 6, Paragraph one, Clauses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 of this Law.

(4) During a public event a permit shall be kept by a person responsible for public order and safety and presented upon request of the representative of the relevant local government, police employee or official of the State Border Guard (if the event is organised at the borderland zone).

Section 9. Fee for a Permit

A permit recipient shall pay a local government fee for organising an entertainment events at public places in accordance with the procedures and amount laid down in the laws and regulations.

Chapter III.
Rights, Obligations and Liability of Event Organiser, Person Responsible for Technical Safety and Public Order and Safety, Persons Providing Order and Visitors and Participants of Public Event

Section 10. Rights, Obligations and Liability of Event Organiser

(1) The event organiser has the following rights:

1) to organise public events in conformity with the requirements laid down in the laws and regulations;

2) to develop regulations applying to clothes, age of visitors and participants of a public event, items to take with and procedures to be observed by its visitors and participants when arriving to the event and during its occurrence.

(2) The event organiser has the following obligations:

1) to ensure that place of venue of a public event is limited and arranged in conformity with the requirements of public order and safety, fire prevention, labour protection and environmental protection;

2) to agree on writing regarding the way in which a person responsible for public order and safety, a person responsible for technical safety and a person providing order will guarantee the performance of the functions laid down in the Law and other laws and regulations, and also to ascertain regarding competence of the abovementioned persons;

3) to ensure participation of a person responsible for public order and safety, a person responsible for technical safety and person providing order in the relevant event;

4) if necessary, to ensure first medical aid for visitors and participants of the public event and to ensure emergency medical aid for such measure in accordance with the procedures laid down by the Cabinet;

5) to inform visitors and participants of a public event regarding regulations to be observed arriving to this event and during it;

6) to ensure that during this event the requirements of the laws and regulations are observed in respect of presence of minors in a public place at night time;

7) to ensure covering of expenditures related to event organisation (for traffic organisation, delimitation of the territory and cleaning thereof after the event and other activities);

8) to enter into civil legal insurance contract in order to ensure that losses, which may be cause to third person during the event due to action or inaction by the event organiser, are covered. The procedures for insuring of civil legal liability of the event organiser, as well as the minimum amount of civil legal liability insurance shall be laid down by the Cabinet;

9) to ensure that pyrotechnical services during the event are provided in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations;

10) to terminate the relevant event, if the requirements for organising a public event laid down in this Law are not complied with or it is requested by a person responsible for technical safety or in relation to threats to the event visitor or participant - by the responsible official of the State Police;

11) to ensure compliance with this Law and other laws and regulations during organising of a public event and its occurrence.

(21) If the only organiser of the event is a State or local government institution, it is entitled not to observe the requirements of Paragraph two, Clause 8 of this Section. The State and local government institution has the obligation to compensate losses which may be caused to third person due to action or inaction by the event organiser during the event.

(22) If the planned event is being organised at the borderland zone and the threats are detected that during the event it is possible for persons to cross the State border and move properties and goods illegally, bypassing the controls necessary for the State border crossing or border crossing points, and also in the cases, when continuation of a public event causes threats to the movement, border control of persons, properties and goods crossing the State border and safety and health of the persons involved therein, or when reinforced border control is determined in the relevant borderland zone territory or in the territory of neighbouring country adjacent to the State border, the event organiser shall discontinue the event, if it is requested by the official of the State Border Guard.

(3) An event organiser shall be liable for the general safety thereof and shall be held liable in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations for non-performance of obligations abovementioned in this Section.

[17 July 2008; 26 March 2009]

Section 11. Rights, Obligations and Liability of a Person Responsible for Public Order and Safety

(1) A person responsible for public order and safety has the following rights and obligations:

1) to be present during a public event at its place of occurrence;

2) to request that visitors and participants of a public event comply with the public order;

3) to organise control, in order to ensure that items which could be used for violent action, psychotropic, narcotic substances and other things laid down by the event organiser, are not brought in the relevant event, and also persons, for whom restriction to take part in sports events has been determined in conformity with the laws and regulations, do not take part in sports events;

4) to notify immediately the State Police, if criminal offence has been committed or mass disorder starts during the event, and inform the event organiser regarding the necessity to discontinue the relevant event, if such law infringements may endanger further occurrence thereof;

5) to supervise that devices and structures are not used, and also amusements are not organised, at the place and during the course of the public event in respect of which a written consent by a person responsible for technical safety is not received.

(2) A person responsible for public order and safety shall be held liable for non-performance of the obligations abovementioned in this Section in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations.

Section 12. Rights, Obligations and Liability of a Person Responsible for Technical Safety

(1) A person responsible for technical safety has the right to invite other specialists for supervision of separate devices and structures upon previous written agreement with then thereon. A person responsible for technical safety shall be responsible for the work done by the invited specialists.

(2) A person responsible for technical safety has the following obligations:

1) to be present during a public event at its place of occurrence;

2) to ensure technical inspection of devices before a public event and, where necessary, also during occurrence thereof;

3) to provide a written opinion regarding conformity of each device and structure, and also each organised amusement, with the safety requirements;

4) to ensure that devices and structures are not used, and also amusements are not organised, at the place and during the course of the public event which do not meet the requirements laid down in the laws and regulations or in respect of which a written consent by a person responsible for technical safety is not received;

5) to supervise observance of exploitation and safety regulations of devices and structures;

6) to discontinue use of devices and structures until rectification of deficiencies, if infringements of exploitation regulations or unacceptable defects of devices and structures are detected which may endanger human life, health and safety;

7) to discontinue use of any amusement and device, if this person considers that the relevant amusements or devices and structures may endanger human life or health;

8) to discontinue use of devices and structures, if public order is not ensured on their operation area;

9) to verify whether the staff servicing devices and structures has the right to do it, and supervise that the staff is not under the influence of alcohol, psychotropic, narcotic or other intoxicating substances;

10) to notify an event organiser regarding infringements detected during the event or discontinuation of use of devices and structures;

(3) A person responsible for technical safety during a public event may be only such person who has the relevant knowledge, skills and experience for the performance of the relevant obligations.

(4) A person responsible for technical safety shall be held liable for non-performance of the obligations abovementioned in Paragraph two of this Section in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations.

Section 13. Rights, Obligations and Liability of Persons Providing Order

(1) Persons providing order have the following rights during a public event:

1) to prohibit participation in the relevant event for the persons who fail to observe the requirements of this Law and regulations of the event organiser;

2) to evict persons from the relevant event who are under such intoxication condition which is abusive to human dignity.

(2) Persons providing order have the following obligations during a public event:

1) to be present during the occurrence thereof;

2) to request that visitors and participants of the relevant event observe the public order, regulations of the event organiser and safety requirements;

3) to carry distinctive mark (for example, wrist tape, badge) in a visible place, if persons providing order - security guard employees and persons appointed by the event organiser to provide order - are performing their duties without a uniform;

4) to organise control in order to ensure that the event is not attended by persons with weapons, explosives, explosion imitating and pyrotechnical means, inflammable and poisonous substances, and also psychotropic and narcotic substances and other items determined by the event organiser;

5) if criminal offence has been committed or mass disorders commence during a public event, to guard the place of event;

6) to control observance of the requirements of public order, safety and fire prevention;

7) to prohibit the entry of person at the sports event, for whom prohibition to participate in sports events has been determined in conformity with the laws and regulations.

(3) Persons providing order shall be held liable for non-performance of the obligations abovementioned in this Section in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations.

Section 14. Obligations and Liability of a Visitor and Participant of a Public Event

(1) A visitor and participant of a public event have the following obligations:

1) to observe public order and safety regulations, and also fire prevention and environmental protection requirements;

2) to observe the regulations developed by en event organiser and perform instructions by an event organiser, a person responsible for public order and safety, a person responsible for technical safety, persons providing order, and also officials of the State and local government regarding public order and safety.

(2) Visitors and participants of a public event shall be held liable for non-performance of the abovementioned obligations in accordance with the procedures laid down in the laws and regulations.

Chapter IV.
Safety Regulations to be Observed During Organising and Occurrence of a Public Event

Section 15. Use of Devices

Devices and structures shall only be used during a public event, if a written consent of a person responsible for technical safety is obtained.

Section 16. Place of Occurrence of a Public Event

(1) An even organiser shall select a place of occurrence of a public event and arrange it in conformity with the number of visitors and participants, as well as taking into account environmental protection, hygiene requirements, veterinary, fire prevention, safety engineering and other safety regulations.

(2) Public event shall be provided with acoustic sound systems for operative provision of information and co-ordination of behaviour of visitors and participants.

(3) An event organiser shall be responsible for organising of safety measures, including antiterrorism measures, and performance thereof during the public event.

Section 17. Co-operation with State Safety Services

The relevant State safety services shall inform local government that issues a permit regarding possible threats to public order and safety, including terrorism threats, during the planned event. Local government, when taking a decision to issue a permit, shall evaluate the information provided by the safety services. If a permit for organising of a public event is not necessary, the relevant State safety services shall inform the event organiser regarding the abovementioned threats.

Section 18. Action in the Event of Threat

(1) If threats are expressed to visitors and participants of a public event or their safety is otherwise endangered, a person responsible for public order and safety shall immediately inform the territorial institution of the State Police thereof and organise evacuation of the participants of the event, as well as delimit the place of threat.

(2) If after assessment of the situation threats have not been confirmed, an event organiser is entitled to take a decision to continue a public event, taking into account the information provided by the employees of the State Police.

Transitional Provisions

1. Section 7, Paragraph six and Section 10, Paragraph two, Clause 8 of this Law shall come into force on 15 September 2005.

The Cabinet shall, until 14 September 2005, issue the regulations laid down in Section 10, Paragraph two, Clause 8 of this Law.

This Law was adopted by the Saeima on 16 June 2005.

President V. Vīķe-Freiberga

Riga, 6 July 2005

 


1 The Parliament of the Republic of Latvia

Translation © 2015 Valsts valodas centrs (State Language Centre)

 
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