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Licences and permits

As soon as you start planning your event, you should find out which licences and permits you need. The permits needed depend on the event in question; but at least a land use permit or a permission to use the venue and a notice of public event to the police are mandatory for almost all events.

As the organizer, you are responsible for all the permits. That includes making sure that all permits held by sub-contractors and vendors, are adequate and up to date. Organizing an event without the relevant permits is not allowed, and the authorities can discontinue any unauthorized events. When your licences and permits are in order, you are better protected in case anything happens.

Some of the licences and permits of Finnish authorities are not available in English. If that is the case, you can contact the relevant authority or us at Tampere Event Services, tapahtumapalvelut (at) tampere.fi. In many cases, you can give them the relevant information via email or in person.

The most common permits and licences for a public event are:

  • Notice of a public event
  • Land and street use permits and permits for organizing an event on state-owned roads
  • The most common safety-related permits and licences (safety and emergency plan, safety document)
  • Waste management plan
  • Playing music, notification of noise and noise control
  • Licences for selling or serving food, alcohol or tobacco products
  • Information and notifications regarding the event

Other permits and licences for a public event:

  • Temporary campsites and accommodation
  • Permit to place event signage along streets and roads
  • Fireworks and laser equipment at public events
  • Filming permit (for shooting films, TV programmes or similar)
  • Permits for motorsport events or training
  • Notification of a public meeting (= demonstration)
  • Non-money lottery licence

Notice of a Public Event

The organizer must notify the police of a public event. The notice can be submitted online or using a paper form. The notice must be submitted to the local police department of the city or municipality where the event is taking place. We recommend submitting the notice at least a month in advance. The instructions for submitting the notice usually state the notice period of five days stipulated in the Assembly Act; however, this is too short notice, particularly in the summer. We recommend submitting the notice as early as possible. In the case of major events, we recommend making initial contact with the police at least six months before the event. This will give you sufficient time to prepare for the safety of the event and for the permit and licence process.

“The earlier you submit the notice, the better. It is not unusual for notices to pile up, particularly in the summer." – Central Finland Police Department

Exceptions to the requirement of submitting a notice for a public event

A notification is not required in the case of small public events that do not require any measures to ensure public order and security or any special traffic arrangements, due to the nature and the venue of the event or the small number of people attending. Examples of such events include regular film, theatre and opera performances or concerts either indoors or outdoors that do not require security stewards to be hired. If you are unsure of whether you should submit a notice of a public event, please contact the licence department at the police or Tampere event services.

Land use permit

Organizing an event in a marketplace or in a public park owned by the City of Tampere is subject to a fee and always requires a land use permit from the land owner. Submit your application for a permit to the City of Tampere Facility Property Management department. Major events require specific negotiations with the land owner. For street use permits, please contact the City of Tampere Planning Services department (see street use permit below).

When you start planning you event, always consult the Tampere Event planning calendar and the venue owner for other events organised at the same time!

The licence holder must always agree on any measures to be taken and the associated costs with the relevant departments of the city administration. A deposit, the amount of which will be determined on a case-by-case basis, may be required to cover the possible cost of cleaning up the venue after the event. The deposit will be returned after the event if everything runs smoothly.

If the duration of the event is longer than seven days, the fixtures and structures (tents, fences and other visible structures) require the prior approval of the City of Tampere. Submit the application for approval to the Facility Property Management department in connection with the application for the land use permit; the cityscape architect of the City of Tampere assesses the fixtures.

If your event will take place in a restaurant or another venue with permanent staff, the above-mentioned permits and licences are not needed. Staff at the restaurant will take care of the organisation.

To avoid parking tickets, we recommend that you specify any vehicles necessary for the event that will be parked at the venue, including delivery and service traffic. The Facility Property Management department will forward a copy of the permit to City Parking Control.

The City of Tampere charges an additional fee based on the seating capacity for premises serving alcohol within the rented area.

The necessary notice period for applying for a land use permit depends on the venue, time and type of the event. During quiet periods and for less popular spots, it may be sufficient to submit the application about 1 to 3 months ahead of the event, whereas in the case of the more popular venues it may be necessary to reserve it as early as 24 to 36 months in advance.

For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Street use permit

If it is necessary to close a street, parking area or another public area partly or completely so that it requires temporary traffic arrangements, the event organizer must apply for a street use permit. Street use permits are granted by the City of Tampere’s Planning Services department. Remember to apply for a street use permit at least 14 to 21 days before closing a street.

A plan for temporary traffic arrangements must be attached to the application for a street use permit. The event organizer is responsible for making sure that the traffic arrangements guarantee a smooth flow of traffic; this includes arranging for traffic controllers and any traffic signs that may be needed.

If the street to be closed is on a bus route, the event organizer must contact Tampere Regional Transportation to agree upon alternative routes as early as possible. Bus routes cannot be cut off completely, which is why the following streets cannot be closed: Hämeenpuisto, Itsenäisyydenkatu, Rautatienkatu, Satakunnankatu and Ratinansilta. It may also not be possible to close some streets, to guarantee free access for rescue vehicles.

After the plan for temporary traffic arrangements has been approved, the event organizer must submit the plan to the police and rescue services. The plan must be attached to the notice of a public event. We also recommend informing people who live in the area and who may be affected by the street closure. A good way to inform them is to distribute announcements on the closure to nearby buildings and to inform of the closure in advance near the part of the street that will be closed. Include the name and contact information of the event organizer in the announcement for queries, and indicate the period of time when the closure is expected to affect the people living nearby or who use the street.

For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Permit to organise an event in a road area maintained by the state

All events that take place on a road and deviate from regular traffic require a permit from the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) or the police. If it is not necessary to close the road for the event, submit a written free-form application to the ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa. For an event that requires a road closure, the police department of the jurisdictional district grants the permit, subject to the opinion of the regional ELY Centre on the application. Make sure to submit the application well in advance of the event, up to six months in advance in the case of a major event.

For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Safety and emergency plan

A safety plan must be delivered to the police along with the notice of a public event. Generally it is also either mandatory or recommended to submit an emergency plan to the rescue services. (See below for further details.)

The plans can also be combined as long as the plan addresses all the items required by both authorities. A well-drafted safety and emergency plan also serves as a checklist for the event organiser that makes it easier to go through the safety-related issues.

If external third party operators are involved in organising activities at the event, their safety and emergency plans must be included in the plans that cover the whole event. The event organiser bears the responsibility for all activities and operations at the event, even if a service or an operation (such as fireworks) is organised by a third party.

Safety plan

For the safety of the event, a plan that includes a report on the nature of the event, risks involved and measures to mitigate them, maintenance of order at the venue, and the contact information of the people responsible for the safety at the event must be drafted. The safety plan must be submitted to the police as an attachment to the notice of a public event.

Even if the police do not require a notice of a public event, the event organiser must consider safety at the event, keeping in mind that accidents can happen even at the smallest events.

Emergency plan

The emergency plan for the event must be submitted to the Tampere Region Rescue Department at least 14 days in advance of the event (pelastus.tapahtumat (at) tampere.fi). The rescue plan must include a comprehensive description of the risks involved in the event and the related rescue activities, instructions and procedures, as well as contact information. A dedicated head of safety must be appointed for major events.

If the venue has its own emergency plan that does not cover the event in question, the event organiser must draft an emergency plan for the event. The existing plan can be included in the emergency plan for the event.

A separate first aid plan can be drafted and included in the emergency plan, particularly in the case of major events and events that involve risks. The event head of safety drafts the plan in collaboration with the emergency care personnel from the relevant hospital district. If there is a fireworks display or some other event that requires a separate emergency plan, it must be submitted separately or included in the emergency plan for the main event.

If the event takes place on a lakeside or near another body of water, make sure to organise surface water rescue for the event. The level of operation and necessary resources will be agreed upon in collaboration with the rescue service. Make sure that the rescue units have free access to any high-risk zones. You may also wish to have security stewards patrol the risk zones.

In addition to drafting an emergency plan, the event organiser must make sure that everyone involved in the organisation of the event, the personnel and volunteers follow it in practice. Go through the plan in a staff training or info meeting.

“Make sure that emergency vehicles have free access to and enough space to operate in the event area." Tampere Region Rescue Department

An emergency plan must be drafted if the following conditions are met:

  • The number of attendees exceeds 200; or
  • Open fire or special effects are used at the event; or
  • Exit arrangements are different from normal; or
  • The nature of the event puts people in danger.

(Rescue Act 379/2011, section 16)

A safety and emergency plan should include the following information:

  • Event description;
  • Venue description and map;
  • Structures used at the event;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Preventive measures (exit routes, primary extinguishing equipment, signage);
  • Instructions and procedures;
  • Security stewarding plan;
  • Traffic plan;
  • Contact information of the organiser and head of safety.

For further information on the following points in English, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Safety document

A safety document according to the Consumer Safety Act must be drafted if the event may pose particular risks to the participants or outsiders. A safety document must be drafted for events with a large number of participants, that are organised in the immediate vicinity of a beach or another body of water, or that involve activities that the guests can participate in. Any subcontractors must submit safety documents to the event organiser for the programme services they provide as part of the event. Separate safety documents are required for pony riding and other riding services, bouncy castles, tattooing, bungee jumping and climbing services, for example.

The safety document should be drafted well in advance of the event. The safety document can be included in the emergency plan, for example, as long as it addresses the consumer safety aspect and other issues required of a safety document, such as:

  • A description of the hazards posed to customers or third parties and measures to mitigate these hazards;
  • Important safety-related information for participants and, if necessary, third parties (such as permitted and prohibited items at the event, other safety instructions to the guests, etc.);
  • Accident recording at the event;
  • Procedures for reporting serious accidents or near misses to the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (TUKES).

It is not necessary to submit safety document to TUKES in advance. However, any serious accidents and near misses at an event must be reported to TUKES.

Waste Management Plan

The event organiser bears the main responsibility for organising waste management at and cleaning up the venue after the event.

A dedicated waste management plan is required in the case of large events, particularly if food and drinks are served at the event. The plan may also be required in other conditions, or authorities may explicitly request it. The event organiser must have the plan approved by the City of Tampere Environmental Protection Unit at least 30 days before the event begins.

Every event produces waste, which is why we recommend drafting a waste management plan even if the nature of the event does not require its approval. We advise the event organiser to write an internal memo on the kind of waste that will be produced at the event, how to reduce the amount of waste produced and how the disposal of the waste produced is arranged.

Among other things, the waste management plan must include the following information:

  • An estimate of the number of people attending and waste produced at the event (in kg or tonnes) according to types of waste (e.g. mixed waste, cardboard, organic waste, metal, glass);
  • Number of waste collection bins and their locations according to types of waste on the venue map;
  • Waste sorting instructions for waste collection stations;
  • Frequency of emptying the waste collection bins (at an event that takes place during several days);
  • Waste collection company;
  • Waste collection and disposal on and around the venue during the event;
  • Cleaning up the venue and its surroundings after the event;
  • Contact information of the person responsible for the event, including a phone number on which to reach them during the event.

Waste management at an event is subject to municipal waste management regulations. If the amount of waste produced at the event exceeds 50kg, we recommend separating at least cardboard and organic waste. If the amount of waste that can be burned for energy exceeds 50kg, it is a good idea to separate it as well.

The Finnish Waste Act lays down the order of priority of waste management. First priority is given to minimising the amount of waste generated, and second priority to re-using or recycling or otherwise recovering any waste that is generated. If re-using, recycling or recovering is not possible, the event organiser must arrange for the disposal of the waste generated at the event.

For further information and assistance in filling out any forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Notification of Noise

If the noise from the event causes extreme disturbance, such as in the case of motor sports or outdoor concerts and festivals that end after 10pm, the organiser must submit a notification of noise to the City of Tampere Environmental Protection Unit at least 30 days in advance of the event. The activity that causes the noise may only start 30 days after submitting the notification or at the time specified in the decision on the notification of noise.

The decision on the notification of noise is subject to a fee. The decision lays down the rules for the information, time limits for the activity, threshold values for and measurement of the noise that the event organiser must procure from an external expert at its own cost. If you are planning a night-time event (between 10pm and midnight) for the first time, get in touch with the Environmental Protection Unit at an early stage to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Generally, permits for using PA systems outdoors after midnight are not granted.

Remember to book the noise measurement service in good time – an expert is hard to find at short notice for a weekend in the summer.

For assistance in filling out any forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Exceptions to the requirement of submitting a notification of noise:

In most cases, an event that takes place between 7am and 10pm is not required to submit a notification of noise. However, sufficient noise control and provision of information to the people living in the neighbourhood is always required.

Noise control

Always inform the people who live nearby and other affected people or organisations about an event that causes noise or some other kind of disturbance, and take anything into account that may be particularly sensitive to noise, such as hospitals and institutions, schools or churches. A prolonged use of a PA system is prohibited in the vicinity of particularly sensitive objects.

Use fixed structures or the shape of the terrain to contain the noise within the venue, adjust the volume to an appropriate level and place loudspeakers in such a manner that allows controlling and containing the noise within the venue as much as possible.

“When in doubt, contact us during the planning phase of your event" – City of Tampere Environmental Protection Unit

For assistance in filling out any forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Music licence

A music licence is required for every event in which copyrighted music, whether live or recorded, is played (incl. karaoke). The licence must be obtained before the event.

To play music to a live audience at an event, you’ll need an event licence from the Finnish copyright organisations Teosto and Gramex. Contact Teosto for the licence in good time to obtain it before the first event it covers takes place.

The event licence is required regardless of whether the event is free of charge or one with an entrance fee; even events that companies organise for their employees or customers must have a music licence.

Licence for selling and serving food

If food products are sold or served at the event, the organiser must submit a notification to the City of Tampere Food Control Unit. The event organiser must make sure that the mobile food establishments at the event have been approved or that the operators have reported the establishments to the competent food control authority of the municipality in which the business is registered.

The use of a mobile food establishment has to be reported to the competent authorities of the municipality in which the operation is started. The report has to be submitted in writing four weeks before starting the operation or making significant changes to an establishment already in operation.

If the mobile food establishment has been approved or reported to the authorities, the event organiser must make sure that the competent authorities of the municipalities in which the establishment operates are notified of the mobile food establishment. In Tampere, the competent supervisory authority is the City of Tampere Food Control Unit. Submit the notification at least four days before commencing the activity.

Small-scale operations, such as private individuals or social clubs, selling or serving minor amounts of food do not need to be reported.

Drinking water and the water used for cooking, washing dishes, cleaning up and washing must meet the requirements set for the quality of household water. If the water must be transported to the venue in a tank, the event organiser must verify the quality and fitness for purpose of the water.

The event organiser must make sure that all of the operators at the event that import food products of animal origin (such as cheese or processed meat) file written reports on the controls at the point of first entry to the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, if necessary. The report must be filed at least 14 days before commencing the operation.

Animals are allowed at the venue unless the event organiser expressly prohibits bringing them to the event. Please note, however, that the Public Order Act prohibits animals on the marketplace during opening hours. This does not apply to approved guide dogs, assistance dogs and hearing dogs that are allowed in all food establishments and the parts of them that are open to the public.

The event organiser is always responsible for all operations and activity at and within the framework of the event. For more information and assistance in filling out any forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Licences to serve alcohol and the related notifications

A temporary licence to serve alcohol can be granted for an event with a limited, clearly defined duration. The maximum validity period of the licence is one month. The competent authority that grants licences to serve alcohol is the Regional State Administrative Agency (AVI); in the case of Tampere, it is AVI Western and Inland Finland. Submit your application early; the processing time is about 1 to 2 months.

When granting temporary licences to serve alcohol, the authorities pay special attention to the nature and scope of the event and arrangements for serving alcohol, as well as the event organiser’s capacity to monitor the service and maintain order at the event. The licence may be denied or a limited licence may be granted for a sports event, family event or other type of event attended by a large number of children and young people.

A temporary licence to serve alcohol can only be granted on special grounds, such as the insufficient capacity to serve alcoholic drinks of the restaurant at or around the venue.

If the event takes place on licensed premises, an operator with a licence to serve alcohol can serve alcoholic drinks at the venue upon notification to the competent Regional State Administrative Agency of the municipality where the licensed premises are located. The notification must be submitted at least three days before commencing the operation. The owner or holder of the premises can apply for the licence. The event organiser should check with the owner or holder of the venue whether the premises are licensed.

The legislation concerning the licences and personnel who sell or serve alcohol has changed recently, and the current legislation requires that the person in charge of each shift is at least 18 years old. Other qualifications are not required.

Retail licence for tobacco

The retail sale of tobacco products is subject to a licence. The seller must apply for a retail licence with the local authority in the municipality where the point of sale is located. It is prohibited to start the retail sales of tobacco products before the licence is granted. The licence only covers the seller and point of sale that the licence was granted to.

The application processing time is about a month. The same prohibition of advertising covers both e-cigarettes and regular tobacco products and smoking accessories.

For further information on tobacco products and the required licences, please refer to the Finnish National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health Valvira website.

Information and notifications regarding the event

In addition to applying for permits and licences, the event organiser must inform and notify various parties about the event. Remember to inform all parties whose operations or activities your event may affect but who do not require a licence application or official notification. This helps you to avoid misunderstandings with various city departments and other parties.

Tieliikennekeskus (the centre for road traffic) monitors traffic on the approach roads to Tampere and on major streets in the city. We recommend informing the centre of any major events or events that affect traffic. If necessary, the centre can adjust speed limits on affected roads or inform road users of the possibility of traffic jams in advance. It is also advisable to inform the centre of any heavy road transport, increased traffic to and from the airport, or the entourages of VIP guests arriving in the area.

Inform Tampere Regional Transport of the event to allow them to anticipate any changes in traffic, need for buses or alternative bus routes. We also advise you to inform Tampere Regional Transport about concerts, sports matches and tournaments.

It may be necessary to park vehicles at or near the venue when building and dismantling the event structures. To avoid parking tickets, inform City of Tampere Parking Control about your event. Remember to check the possibility of parking at or near the venue with the lessor, and apply for any parking permits that may be needed.

Inform the people living in nearby buildings of any events that may cause noise or affect their walking or driving routes. Distribute notifications in nearby buildings and attach information bulletins around the venue in advance of your event. Include the name and contact information of the event organiser in the notifications.

If films or television programmes are shot in the city, the police and rescue services must be informed of the location to allow them to prepare for possible emergencies. If the crew has to position their equipment or cables in the street, the City of Tampere Planning Services department must be informed. For a longer project, it may be necessary to apply for a street use permit.

Setting up a temporary campsite

Setting up a campsite or using a site for a significantly different purpose from the norm is subject to a written notice of commencing or changing the activity, which must be submitted at least three months in advance. The notice must be submitted to the authority specified by the municipality in which the site is located; in Tampere, the competent authority is the environmental and building department of the City of Tampere’s Committee for City Planning and Infrastructure Services.

The notice must include all necessary information on the campsite operator, the location of the site and the nature and scope of the activity. Processing times may be several months.

Notice of temporary accommodation

If accommodation is provided on premises that are not originally intended for this purpose (such as schools or sports halls), detailed rules and guidelines must be observed when planning the accommodation. In addition, the local rescue service must be informed of the temporary accommodation. Read more under Safety at the event.

Permit to place Event Signage along streets

The legislation covering the placement of roadside signs along roads maintained by the state (in Tampere, roads 3, 9, 12 and 65) was updated on 24 August 2016. As a result, it is no longer necessary to apply for a permit for temporary signage.

The provisions of the regulation of the Finnish Transport Agency on roadside advertisement and publicity (linked below) must be adhered to when designing and placing signs on the roadside. The party placing the signs or advertisements is responsible for reading and understanding the regulations.

To summarize the guidelines, temporary signage must be clearly different from official traffic signs. The signs must not be placed at intersections, within a distance of 100 metres from an intersection, within the security distance of traffic signs or along motorways or the so-called semi-motorways. They must not be attached to traffic signs or other structures except for lamp posts where it is permitted to attach signs, if it can be done without damaging the post. The signs must be removed within a week of the end of the event.

For further information, please contact Tampere Event Services.

A permit must always be obtained for event signs placed within the area of the City of Tampere’s street grid. The permits are granted by the City of Tampere Facility Property Management (linked below). Submit the electronic application form in good time as the processing time is at least three weeks.

Major approach roads to the city maintained by the City of Tampere include Hervannan valtaväylä and parts of Teiskontie (west of the Kekkosentie intersection) and Lempääläntie (north of Kuokkamaantie and south of Lahdenperänkatu).

On private roads, the owner of the road grants the permit.

Signs must not be attached to traffic signposts or within sight distance of an intersection or vehicle stopping distance of a pedestrian crossing, traffic lights or an intersecting road (as indicated in this table in Finnish, where the upper row of numbers refers to speed limit in km/h and lower row to the stopping distance in metres).

As for advertisements, the City recommends using the dedicated advertisement spaces. Visit Tampere provides free ad space for event organisers. For more information and contact info, click here.

For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact Tampere event services.

Notice of a fireworks display

The organiser of a fireworks display (including pyrotechnic shows) must submit a written notice to the local police at least 14 days in advance. The notice must be given even if the fireworks display is organised as part of a public event.

Notification of the use of laser equipment at public events

Laser equipment intended for use at a public laser show must be presented at the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) for inspection at least 30 days before the scheduled use of the equipment (initial inspection).

If non-terminated beams are to be used at an outdoor show, STUK must be notified 10 weeks in advance of the scheduled use of the equipment. STUK must be notified of other laser shows that require inspection at least 30 days before the scheduled use of the equipment.

The Finnish airport operator Finavia must also be notified of the use of laser equipment outdoors.

For assistance in filling out forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Filming permit (for shooting films, TV programmes or similar)

If films or television programmes are shot in the city, the police and rescue services must be informed of the location to allow them to prepare for possible emergencies. If the crew has to position their equipment or cables in the street, the City of Tampere Planning Services department must be informed. For a longer project, it may be necessary to apply for a street use permit.

Also read about Film Tampere, which can help you to plan and carry out audiovisual projects and productions in Tampere. For assistance in filling out any forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Rally racing and permits to close off a public road

Races for cars and motorcycles may only be organised on closed-off roads. Closing off a public road requires a permit issued by the municipal board in the case of a road designated as a traffic route in the local plan or in other cases by the police department within whose jurisdiction the race course or its majority is located.

The police also have the power, after having consulted the road maintenance authority, to close off a public road temporarily for a sports event, public festival, exhibition, Defence Forces exercise, parade or show, for instance.

Racing and training permit according to the Act on Off-Road Transport

For organising repeated or regular races or training events on the same off-road routes, a permit from the municipal environmental protection authority is required. A permit is also required for individual events if they are likely to have a major impact on the nature and environment, local residents, the recreational use of the area, fishing or other public or private benefits. The activity is also subject to a written permission by the owner of the area.

Submit your free-form application to the environmental and building department of the City of Tampere’s Committee for City Planning and Infrastructure Services. Processing times may be several months. For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Racing and training permit according to the Act on Water Transport

For organising repeated or regular races or training events using motorised watercraft on the same waterways, a permit from the municipal environmental protection authority is required. A permit is also required for individual events if they are likely to have a significant impact on nature and the environment. The permit is subject to the consent of the owner of the water area.

Submit your free-form application to the environmental and building department of the City of Tampere’s Committee for City Planning and Infrastructure Services. Processing times may be several months.

For a race or training event that takes place on the territory of several municipalities, the permit application must be submitted to the regional Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre). If the event takes place in an area that extends across the territory of several ELY Centres, the competent ELY Centre is the one in whose territory the major part of the race or training takes place.

For further information and assistance in filling out any application forms in Finnish, please contact the Tampere Event Services team.

Notification of a public meeting

A notification of a public meeting or a demonstration arranged outdoors must be given either verbally or in writing to the local police at least 24 hours before the meeting.

Non-money lottery licence

Running a non-money lottery is subject to a licence (Non-money lottery licence) granted by the competent authority, unless the lottery is a small-scale lottery or a mini-lottery as set forth in the Lotteries Act. The non-money lottery licence is granted by the local police department for a lottery organised in its respective jurisdiction, or the National Police Board for non-money lotteries run across several police districts.

Applications for non-money lottery licences must be made in writing. Licences can be granted for a maximum period of six months. Non-money lottery licences can be granted to associations, foundations or other communities that are registered in Finland and that promote a non-profit cause.

Drones

When flying unmanned drones, you must always follow aviation protocol. The drone must always make way to other aircrafts and be specifically careful to not disturb or endanger emergency service helicopters in any way.

You must always retain actual visual contact with the drone (camera is not sufficient).

Before allowing any drone flights at your event, find out the flight altitude and what happens if the drone looses contact with base. Some drones do not automatically return to their base in case of lost contact, but instead fall. This poses an obvious risk.

When operating drones in halls, tents or other indoor structures, you must adhere to consumer safety laws and draft a safety plan for the flight. Additional information on operating drones indoors from the responsible authority, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).