Legal neighbours – a guide on neighbourly events

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Legal neighbours – a guide on neighbourly events
Legal neighbours – a guide on neighbourly events

Active residents of Warsaw have been given another milestone, a vademecum of sorts, reminding them of what’s important when organising a neighbourly event.

This informational brochure was prepared by the Public Initiative Team operating at the Centre for Public Communication. The officers collected information on the legal aspects of local event organisation that were particularly interesting both for novice and experienced event organisers, and tried to answer crucial questions.

What information can be found in the publication?
First in foremost these are basic issues concerning contact with the area owner – how to check who is managing the area, how to find one’s way in the complex system of yards, street, squares and soft landscaped areas, and not to leave formal matters to the last minute. Neighbourly events are different in character than mass events. Therefore its organisers often think that their intimate atmosphere somehow exempts them from the obligation to obtain fundamental permits, and do not pay attention to the formalities. Citizens using this publication will learn who to contact to arrange yard lease matters, or when they are interested in the area in a park nearby.

“All neighbourly events, such as fairs, dancing parties, selling of local pastries, film screenings, are subject to specific regulations, which is why we tried to find answers to the matters of the legal sale of products during a garage sale, copyrights to pieces of music and films, or the legal organisation of contests and lotteries,” emphasised the authors of the publication.

The publication entitled “Legalni sąsiedzi, czyli o czym warto pamiętać organizując wydarzenie sąsiedzkie w przestrzeni publicznej” (Legal neighbours: things to remember when organising neighbourly events in public space) is available on