The City of Dublin recognizes the considerable benefits of providing public park space for recreational use. It helps promote healthy lifestyles, social development and a heightened sense of community. With that said, at times there are opportunities for organizations and businesses to use City properties that enhance the user experience or fulfill a community need.
The purpose of the Outdoor Fee-Based Activity (OFBA) policy is to establish an effective mechanism for allowing activities or services of this sort, while safeguarding the parks and the rights of park patrons to access and use the parks. The outlined process will also aid in the prevention of scheduling conflicts, overuse of venues, and duplication of services.
In an effort to simplify the application procedures for event organizers, the City of Dublin has prepared this guidebook. The staff of Community Events is available to answer your questions to ensure a successful event.
Please note that the event organizer is responsible for fees and wages for all City services and staff as determined by the Permitted Events Committee. The event organizer may also be charged a rental fee for use of City facilities and an additional fee for lost or damaged City property.
Please feel free to call Community Events at 614.410.4510 for any further information.
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Any individual or organization who intends to hold an outdoor class, clinic, camp, guided activity, program, or related service organized and offered by an event organizer for which a payment, fee or other consideration is expected to be made to the event organizer, directly or indirectly, for the right of an individual to participate or attend must submit an application to the Division of Community Events. The application must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the scheduled event(s), unless exempt by law.
A permit is required whether the OFBA is by invitation-only or open to the general public. On OFBA must be generally recreational in nature, or a common and customary park use. If an activity exceeds the scope of the OFBA requirements or requires City services, the application may be required to complete a City of Dublin Community Event Permit Application.
Criteria of Issuance of an OFBA Permit
OFBA Permit applications shall be submitted to the Division of Community Events for consideration and approval in advance according to the application deadlines established in this policy. The Events Administrator or designee will review all OFBA Permit applications. The City of Dublin has sole discretion and authority to restrict or refuse the use of any public facility or area to any group or individual. Considerations for permit requests include, but are not limited to:
The granting of any OFBA Permit does not supersede other requirements including, but not limited to the following:
General Guidelines for an OFBA Permit
The permit fee and any facility rental fees associated with the permit request are due upon approval of the permit application. The activity organizer may also be charged an additional fee for any City property damaged during use.
Insurance, Indemnity & Permission
Event organizers will be responsible for any and all damages caused by or related to the event.
The sponsoring organization, permit holder or host establishment may be required to obtain a comprehensive general liability insurance policy (PDF) for bodily injury and property damage arising from the event. This will be at the discretion of the City of Dublin Risk Manager. The City, in its sole discretion, may waive the insurance requirement. It may also be waived when it is necessary to comply with any federal, state or local law, stature, regulation or constitutional provision.
City of Dublin must be named as additionally insured on the Certificate of Liability Insurance.
The Hold Harmless-Indemnification Agreement in the Initial Application must be signed by an authorized representative of the sponsoring organization.
Enforcement of Other Laws
* Nonprofit organizations must submit documentation of their tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service (i.e., IRS determination letter).
In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.
JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.
The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.
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