Thank you for considering South Frontenac as your destination to host an event! The Municipality encourages and values the potential economic and cultural contribution that well-organized events bring to the community.

This webpage will outline the requirements and guidelines to ensure your event is aligned with relevant policies, priorities, and by-laws. 

We have made every effort to create a comprehensive guide that will answer any questions one may have. Further questions or concerns not addressed on this webpage can be directed to the Township of South Frontenac Recreation Supervisor at 613-376-3027 ext. 2231 or the Program, Events & Education Coordinator at 613-376-3027 ext. 4447.

Event Planning 101 in South Frontenac

Event Classification Framework

South Frontenac recognizes that every event is unique and requirements for a successful events will vary. For example, what is needed for a small gathering will differ greatly from that of a sporting tournament.

To assist with the planning process, South Frontenac has classified characteristics of an event into these categories: Special Event, Large Scale Event, and Sporting Tournament. Please review the categories below and determine which categories best describes your event. 

Special Event

Special Events are considered to be:

  • 1 day in length;
  • Requires 1 venue;
  • >500 people anticipated in attendance;
  • Parking can be accommodated onsite.

An example of a special event could include a birthday party, association meeting or a family reunion.

Large Scale Event

If your event consists of any one of the following characteristics, it is considered a Large Scale Event:

  • 2+ days in length;
  • 2+ venues required;
  • <501 people anticipated in attendance;
  • On and offsite parking is required.

An example of a Large Scale Event could include a cultural celebration, music festival or an outdoor recreation event that is not specifically a sporting tournament (i.e. Lakes & Trails Festival, fundraiser walk or run, etc.).

Sport Tournament 

A Sport Tournament is considered to be:

  • Where the main attraction is an organized sport or sporting tournament;
  • Requires the use of any sports facility;
  • Has an expected attendance of any amount (including participants/ players and spectators).

An example of a Sport Tournament could be a baseball, soccer or pickleball tournament/ championship/ round robin style play.

Application Process & Due Dates

Please review the following due dates for hosting an event in South Frontenac. It is highly recommended to start the application process early. Some approvals require support from Council, which can be a lengthy process.

For any event, the Event Hosts must start by completing the Indoor and/ or Outdoor Facility Booking Request form and submit it to the Booking Clerk.

For any event, the Event Hosts must submit additionally required permits and paperwork specified by the Recreation Supervisor (i.e. road closures, food permits, temporary structure permits, etc.) at least two (2) weeks prior to the event.

Special Event

  • Event Hosts must submit the appropriate Facility Booking Request form(s), linked above. It must be completed at least 60 days or two (2) months in advance of the rental date(s). The review and consideration of Special Events will start when the booking process is completed.

Large Scale Events

  • Event Hosts must submit the appropriate Facility Booking Request form(s), linked above. It must be completed at least 90 days or three (3) months in advance of the rental date(s). The review and consideration of Large Scale Events will start when the booking process is completed.

Sport Tournaments 

  • Event Hosts must submit the Facility Booking Request form(s), linked above. It must be completed at least 60 days or two (2) months in advance of the rental date(s). The review and consideration of Sport Tournaments will start when the booking process is completed.
Event Hosting Approval Criterion

A Large Scale Event or Sporting Tournament must meet specific criteria in order to be eligible for approval. The Township reserves the right to modify an event or deny an application. The Recreation Supervisor may approve or deny an application outside of the application deadline timeframe, impose terms and conditions on any approval at any time during the term of the approval, including special conditions.

When prioritizing approval for applications, the Township will use the following guidelines:

  1. Event has significant municipal importance and attracts national, provincial or regional participants;
  2. Event host’s mandate and event aligns with the Townships strategic priorities;
  3. Event promotes sustainability, and is accessible and safe;
  4. Event is a historic event that is in good standing;
  5. Total number of event participants;
  6. Event and Event Host is not-for-profit; or
  7. Event is held in partnership with the Township.

To be considered for approval, a Large Scale Event or Sporting Tournament must provide meaningful public benefit and must have a direct impact on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Culture, arts or heritage;
  2. Enrich the character and identity of the Township;
  3. Create unique or innovative experiences;
  4. Health and wellness/physical fitness;
  5. Extend the overall range and mix of programming currently offered by the Township;
  6. Education; or
  7. Have positive economic impact.
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Applicable By-Laws, Resources, and Helpful Links

Accessibility 

The Township is committed to accessibility and requires all Event Hosts to make accessibility a top priority. Preference will be given to events that reflect the Townships commitment to these values.

Accessibility features of every event include but are not limited to:

  • Clearly signed accessible parking;
  • Accessible viewing areas and washrooms;
  • Directional signage prominently displayed to indicate accessible features.

Accessibility in Ontario

A Guide to Accessible Festivals & Outdoor Events

Alcoholic Beverages
  • If serving alcohol a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) must be obtained from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) and must be posted at the event.
  • The consumption of alcohol on municipal property is regulated by municipal by-laws, therefore a by-law exemption will need to be obtained through Council. The Recreation Supervisor can assist with the request. Please give ample time for the request to go through to Council.
  • All designated areas permitted to serve alcohol must be included in the Site Plan.
Amusement Devices & Air-Supported Structures
  • All Amusement Devices and Air-Supported Structures must be in compliance with the provisions of the Technical Standards and Safety Act.
  • All Amusement Devices and Air-Supported Structures must be included in the Site Plan.
  • Additional fees may apply for special events involving Amusement Devices and/or Air Supported Structures – especially if you choose to buy into South Frontenac insurance.
  • Event Hosts must provide the Township with:
    • a detailed list of Devices and Structures;
    • copy of manufacturer details for all structures including but not limited to size, weight, support safety features and tie downs where applicable;
    • TSSA approvals for all devices and structures, where applicable; and
    • proof of WSIB certification, where applicable.
  • All Amusement Devices and Air-Supported Structures must
    • be appropriately staffed at all times;
    • not create trip hazards;
    • meet all safety requirements as outlined in the TSSA guidelines; and
    • be anchored securely using weights and/or spikes (using spikes on asphalt/ concrete is prohibited, please plan accordingly).
Animals
  • Any event that includes animals must be in compliance with KFL&A Public Health. This includes petting zoos, animal rides, and animal exhibits.
  • Pens, shelters and operating areas of the animals must be included in the Site Plan.
  • Any damage caused by animals will be remediated at the Event Host’s expense.
  • All dogs must be kept on a leash, picked up after and are under the full responsibility of the owner.
  • Animal care must be in compliance with the Kingston Human Society. Failure to comply will result in the immediate revocation of the Facility Rental and User Agreement.
Camping & Overnight Stays
  • Camping and overnight stays on municipal property is regulated through municipal by-laws, therefore a by-law exemption will need to be obtained through Council. The Recreation Supervisor can assist with the request. Please give ample time for the request to go through to Council.
  • Details of the location, duration, expected number of people, and purpose will be required.
  • If approved, all campsites must be included in the Site Plan.
Commercial Activity

While the Township does not endorse any specific company, Event Hosts are strongly encouraged to source supplies and services locally wherever possible.

Check out Frontenac County's Business Directory to help you shop locally for your event.

Costs

The Township of South Frontenac shall bear zero costs for any special event whatsoever, unless otherwise agreed to, in writing, by the Recreation Department. The Event Host shall be responsible for any and all costs related to the event.

Damages

The Event Host shall be solely and completely responsible for any and all damages resulting from the event. Damages will be assessed and communicated to the Event Host by the Recreation Department following a rental. The cost to repair any damages to park(s) and/or facilities will be the responsibility of the Event Host.

Events on Roads or Trails

Events such as marathons, triathlons, relay races, etc. where the route consists of roads or trails must:

  • Seek approval from Council via the Recreation Supervisor;
  • Comply with all terms and conditions determined by the Recreation Supervisor; and
  • For cycling events, Event Hosts must require that all riders wear approved helmets.

In addition to the Facility Booking Form, Event Hosts shall include a number of extra attachments in order to complete an application:

  • A letter from the organization sanctioning the event, identifying the Chief Official and/or Commissionaire, and the number of marshals along with their location throughout the event;
  • A complete Site Plan that includes a traffic management plan, any road closures, and start/finish diagrams.

If you plan on using a trail as part of your event, connect with the appropriate manager directly for event approval.

Events on the Water
  • A water safety plan must be included in the Site Plan if an event will be using a lake or any other body of water accessible by Township of South Frontenac property.
Fireworks & Campfires

Fireworks

  • Fireworks bought and ignited by anyone other than licensed technicians are strictly prohibited and will result in fines as well as immediate termination of the rental agreement.
  • Display fireworks may be permitted at some parks upon approval from the South Frontenac Fire Department and Recreation Supervisor. These are large scale fireworks that may only be purchased by licensed technicians. This type of display also requires liability insurance and on-site inspection from the Fire Department in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code.
  • Firework detonation site and viewing site must be included in the Site Plan.
  • Permission for fireworks may be revoked at any time by the South Frontenac Fire Department or the Recreation Supervisor.

Campfires

  • Campfires on municipal property is regulated through municipal by-laws, therefore a by-law exemption will need to be obtained through Council. The Recreation Supervisor can assist with the request. Please give ample time for the request to go through to Council. 
  • Campfire locations must be included in the Site Plan.
  • Permission for campfires may be revoked at any time by the South Frontenac Fire Department or the Recreation Supervisor.
First Aid & Paramedic Services
  • At the discretion of the Recreation Supervisor, Event Hosts may be required to provide certified First Aid service on-site during the operating hours of the event through a qualified emergency service.
  • All First Aid Stations must be clearly marked with appropriate signage.
  • All First Aid Stations must be included in the Site Plan.
  • Frontenac County Paramedic Services provides event coverage. Visit their website for more information.
Food & Beverage
  • The Event Host shall notify KFL&A Public Health Services and South Frontenac Fire Department of specific dates and locations for all events providing food services.
  • Any food trucks contracted for an event must be licensed and issued a permit by the Development Services Department, and inspected by KFL&A Public Health Services.
  • Event Hosts and/or agents must comply with any third party agreements in place at the Township of South Frontenac Facilities.
Grants & Funding Opportunities
Helpful Contacts

Municipal Contacts

Community Contacts

Insurance
  • Proof of minimum $2,000,000 of third party insurance must be shown two (2) weeks prior to the event listing the Township of South Frontenac as the third party liable.
  • The Township has an existing insurance policy. You can choose to buy into this policy, where fees will be based on a risk assessment. Please speak with the Recreation Supervisor for more details on the existing policy.
Lottery & Raffles
  • All lotteries, which include but are not limited to raffles, cash, 50/50 draws, bingo and Nevada ticket sales, require a separate license from the AGCO, which can be obtained through the Township.
  • The Township may attach terms and conditions, in addition to those established by the AGCO, provided that they do not conflict with provincial terms and conditions or policies.
Marketing & Promotion

The Township may be able to assist with marketing and promotion of your event. The Township uses multiple mediums to connect with the local community including:

  • Events Calendar - Submit your event to the Community Events Calendar hosted on this website;
  • Frontenac News - Published every Thursday and delivered to over 12,000 homes in the region, the Frontenac News is a valuable marketing tool for the area;
  • Social Media - The Township's Facebook and Twitter accounts are followed by hundreds of full time and seasonal residents;
  • Township Electronic Sign - On George Street in the heart of Sydenham.

For details on how the Township may be able to assist with event marketing and promotion, connect with the Program, Events & Education Coordinator.

Noise & Time Restrictions
  • The facility is to be used only on the dates and hours indicated, and excessive noise shall not exceed 11:00 PM except on Sunday when the noise will be reduced by 9:00 PM.
  • The use of municipal parks and excessive noise is regulated through municipal by-laws, therefore a by-law exemption will need to be obtained through Council if the event is to exceed the timeframe. The Recreation Supervisor can assist with the request. Please give ample time for the request to go through to Council.
Parking
  • Parking is allowed in designated areas only. Parking is prohibited on grass or in park areas. Damage to fields, parks or other green spaces will be remediated at the expense of the Event Host.
  • Event Hosts are responsible for ensuring there is sufficient parking, signage is effective and parking enforcement is arranged.
  • Event Hosts are responsible for arranging off-site parking and shuttle services to the event if needed.
Police Services

The Event Host shall ensure:

  • That the Frontenac OPP are contacted and informed of the event not less than ninety (90) days before a Large Scale Event, and not less than thirty (30) days before a Special Event.
  • All requests made by the OPP are complied with. This can include but is not limited to the hiring of additional paid duty officers.
  • Sufficient information and confirmation of OPP requests are communicated to the Recreation Supervisor.

Public Access

Public access must be made available to all parks, playgrounds, and boat ramps that are not included in the Facility Rental Agreement. Blockage of these spaces may result in termination of the rental agreement.

Recreation Committees

The Township of South Frontenac has two Recreation Committees dedicated to enhancing recreation and leisure services in our community. It is highly recommended to engage the committees when planning your event. Connect with the Committees through the Recreation Supervisor.

Community Programming & Events Committee

This committee engages with the wider community through multiple mediums to ensure that we are meeting programming and event needs.

Recreation & Leisure Facilities Committee

This committee is focused on indoor/outdoor facility/amenity maintenance needs and capital projects. It also provides support for community programs and events.

Refuse & Recycling

  • The Township provides garbage receptacles at all municipal parks and facilities, as well as recycling receptacles at most.
  • Event Hosts may request additional receptacles through the Public Services Department.
  • All waste must be removed by the end of a Facility Rental.
  • Additional fees may be applied if the facility is not left in its original state.
  • If you require a pick-up midway through a rental, please contact the Public Services Department. Additional fees may be applied.

Rental Fees

  • The cost of rental will depend on the facility booked, length of agreement and amenity’s/services used. Please see the Indoor or Outdoor Facility Booking Request for more information.
  • Fees for a Facility Booking are payable two (2) weeks in advance of the rental. Key and clean-up deposits will be accepted by the Booking Clerk and refunded following the event upon satisfaction of terms and conditions listed in the rental agreement.
  • Payments may be made at 2490 Keeley Road where cash, cheque or debit will be accepted. Cheques must be made payable to the “Township of South Frontenac”.
  • All fees are non-refundable unless otherwise approved by the Recreation Supervisor.
  • The Township of South Frontenac offers in-kind grants to non-profit groups and organizations that host public events that are well aligned with the Township’s strategic priorities. Please contact the Recreation Supervisor for more information and to see if your event qualifies.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: The Township reserves the right to cancel any scheduled event:
    • When the facility is needed for an event of municipal significance;
    • In order to ensure public safety; or
    • In the sole opinion of the Township, if the Event Host fails to comply with the requirements of the rental agreement, applicable by-laws, or for any other reason the Township deems appropriate.

Road Closures & Traffic Control

  • Any road closures of one or both lanes require a Temporary Road Closure Review Request through the Public Services Department on the South Frontenac website. Public Services will provide barriers, pylons, and required signage. Additional fees may apply.
  • All emergency services must be notified of a road closure.
  • All road closures must be included in the Site Plan.
  • For a parade event considering police or fire marshals presence to further alert traffic of high volumes of pedestrians is highly recommended.
  • A public notice must be posted one (1) week prior to the parade alerting traffic of the upcoming distraction.
Sanitary Facilities
  • The Township does not have additional portable toilets to supplement existing washroom facilities. Any additional portable toilets must be rented at the Event Host’s expense through a private vendor.
  • Expected attendance, location, and event features will determine if additional portable toilets will be required. Please coordinate with the Recreation Supervisor and the Development Services Department to determine if additional sanitary facilities will be required.
  • Placement of portable toilets must be included on the Site Plan.

Signs & Signboards

  • The Township of South Frontenac regulates the use of promotional signs under by-law 2000-01 Schedule G (pg 34-41).
  • Under the aforementioned by-law, the Township requires a permit through the Public Services Department and a monthly rental agreement for all signage. The signage must comply with guidelines set out in the by-law or will be de-constructed at the expense of the renter.
  • Free temporary signs may be erected without permission or fee under the conditions listed in by-law 2000-01 Schedule G (pg 34-41). Please speak with the Recreation Supervisor to determine if your event falls within the by-law.
  • Staking on Township concrete or asphalt to erect signs or the like is prohibited.

Site Plans

  • A Site Plan is required for all Large Scale Events.
  • A Site Plan may be hand drawn but must be legible and realistic in scaling.
  • Site Plans must include:
    • any road closures;
    • first-aid stations;
    • tents;
    • portable washrooms;
    • parking and;
    • any additional items specified by the Recreation Supervisor.

Sample Site Plan:

Smoking & Vaping

Smoking on Township property is prohibited under municipal by-laws and provincial legislation.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Smoke-Free Ontario

Where You Can't Smoke or Vape in Ontario

Special Event Certificates

Visit the Special Event Certificates webpage for information about recognition from various dignitaries of milestone birthdays or anniversaries.

Temporary Structure Permits (Tents)

  • The Ontario Building Code requires building permits to be issued for a tent or a group of tents that exceed 60 m2 (646 sq. ft.).
  • A tent or group of tents are exempt from the requirement to obtain a permit provided they are:
    • not more than 60 m2 in aggregate ground area;
    • not attached to a building; and
    • constructed more than 3 meters from other structures.
  • Building permits can be obtained by application to the Township’s Development Services - Building Department.
  • Tents that are not used for personal camping or that are larger than 30 m2 must meet flame resistant requirements of the Ontario Fire Code.
  • There will be NO staking on Township concrete or asphalt surfaces. Please plan accordingly and avoid erecting tents in these areas.
  • All tents must be included in the Site Plan.
Other Helpful Resources

Event Networks

Festivals & Events Ontario

International Festivals & Events Association

International Live Events Association Canada

Government Resources

Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Government of Canada - Canadian Heritage

Tourism Resources

Frontenac County - InFrontenac

South Eastern Ontario

Regional Tourism Organization 9 - ToursimTalk

Destination Ontario

Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model (TREIM)

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