The Sussex County Council adopted an ordinance Aug. 20 that updates a section of the code to more broadly define special events, as well as reiterate rules for how organizers must obtain county approval before holding such mass gatherings.
Events lasting more than three days require conditional use approval from the Planning & Zoning Commission and County Council. Events lasting fewer than three days do not require a conditional use permit, but still need staff approval. All special events, regardless of duration, now would be subject to the county’s Special Event Policy to coordinate emergency services coverage, namely paramedics and emergency operations staff, if necessary.
County officials said the ordinance change, which takes effect immediately, was necessary to ensure a variety of temporary uses are meeting county code, and to help better coordinate public safety for events when thousands of people are gathered in a concentrated area.