Persons who wish to use any facility of the National Conservation Commission (NCC), such as a park, beach or open recreational area, must apply for permission of use.

This reminder comes from management of the NCC, who said that individuals are required to submit an application for approval.

The application must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the date of the proposed activity, and should indicate the type of activity to be hosted, date and time of the activity, and the number of patrons expected.

Before the application is considered for approval, individuals must also submit relevant permits from the Royal Barbados Police Force for security services, if the activity will attract more than 200 patrons, or if it involves the playing of loud music. 

Additionally, persons must also submit a licence for the public use of copyrighted music from the Copyright Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Inc.

Application forms may be accessed here or collected from the NCC’s office at Codrington House, St. Michael.

Persons seeking permission to utilize the NCC’s facilities should note that there are fees associated with the use of selected facilities for the hosting of fund raising and commercial activities. 

Fees are also payable for the use of space on which structures, such as stages, tents, bars, stalls and jumping tents, are to be erected.  And, also for the use of electricity at identified facilities to facilitate the preparation of food items, etc. No electrical facilities are available at River Bay, St. Lucy, or Bath, St. John.

 If the Commission determines that the activity requires more than the assigned number of personnel who are on duty during regular hours, such as security or caretakers at sites where washroom facilitates are located, a fee will be charged.

For further information, persons may call the NCC’s Public Relations Department at telephone numbers 536-0662 and 536-0663. They may also email specialprojectsoffice@ncc.gov.bb or ncc@ncc.gov.bb. 

sheena.forde-craigg@barbados.gov.bb

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Service Fees

Fees are subject to change in accordance with rates of pay for relevant categories of staff

  • Use of electricity at identified facilities where electrical outlets are accessible (except River Bay & Bath) for servicing electrical apparatus to facilitate the preparation of food items.
  • A Security Service in the event that the activity is determined by the Commission to require more than the assigned number of personnel who are on duty during regular hours or requires the assignment of personnel after working hours.
  • A Caretaker Service at sites where washroom facilities are located in the event that the activity is determined by the Commission to require more than the assigned number of personnel who are on duty during work hours or requires the assignment of personnel after regular work hours.
  • A Lifeguard Service in the event that the activity is determined by the Commission to require more than the assigned number of personnel who are on duty during regular work hours, or in the event that the activity is being hosted at private establishments where pools are located. Applicants are therefore required to obtain a Lifeguard Service from the Commission for activities to be hosted at beaches which are expected to attract more than 100 persons.
  • A Cleaning service by our general staff after regular work hours or on days on which staff are not usually assigned to work.
  • At Farley Hill National Park an additional fee of applicable for the use of the restaurant which is available for the hosting of wedding receptions, reunions, socials and parties.

Exclusive Use of Facilities

Facilities for which exclusive use can be applied include:

  • Farley Hill National Park
  • Queen’s Park
  • King George V Memorial Park
  • Bathsheba Park
  • The Bay Street Esplanade

Subsequent to the submission of a written request a tentative booking is made for the use of the facility. A site meeting is then arranged with all the relevant parties to discuss details of the activity/event.

Both parties prepare a contractual agreement for the use of the facility for signature. This contract outlines the conditions inclusive of cost under which the facility will be rented/leased.

Beach Vending Activities

The National Conservation Commission Act stipulates that any person who desires to operate a business of selling goods or services in a public park, in a public garden, on a beach or in a cave shall first obtain from the Commission a license for the purpose.

The Commission began issuing licenses to vendors to sell on public beaches in June 1979, and these are valid for one year. The beaches in Barbados have been transformed into thriving economic zones as a result of the influx of vending on the beaches. At present, there are approximately two hundred and fifty (250) licensed vendors and one hundred (100) Watersports Operators.

In keeping with government’s policy of regulating vending on the beaches, the commission constructed vendor’s kiosks at Dover, Holetown, Pebbles, Bay Street, Worthing and Rockley. The latest project is at Dover Beach, where some eight (08) kiosks were reconstructed as part of the development project undertaken by the Barbados Tourism Investment Inc.

The kiosks have also been subsidized, with the view that these small entrepreneurs can be afforded the opportunity to capitalize on the tourism industry.

The Barbados Port Authority controls the operation of watersport vessels. However, where the operators seek to offer the services to the public, they must adhere to the rules and regulations governing vending on the beaches.

Price List -Use of Parks (With Tents)

Commercial Use

Tent Size

10′ x 10′

20′ x 20′

20′ x 30′

20′ x 40′

30′ x 30′

30′ x 40′

40′ x 40′

60′ x 60′

Fee

$400.00 + VAT (Minimum Fee)

$400.00 + VAT

$540.00 + VAT

$720.00 + VAT

$810.00 + VAT

$1,080.00 + VAT

$1,440.00 + VAT

$1,440.00 + VAT

NB: The minimum fee will be applied to the erection of any tent or structure 400 sq. ft. or smaller

Non-Commercial Use

Tent Size

10′ x 10′

20′ x 20′

20′ x 30′

20′ x 40′

30′ x 30′

30′ x 40′

40′ x 40′

60′ x 60′

Fee

$200.00 + VAT (Minimum Fee)

$200.00 + VAT

$300.00 + VAT

$400.00 + VAT

$450.00 + VAT

$600.00 + VAT

$800.00 + VAT

$1,800.00 + VAT

NB: The minimum fee will be applied to the erection of any tent or structure 400 sq. ft. or smaller

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