Role of the ACP
Circuses traditionally use Local Authority sites such as parks and recreation grounds. The ACP believes that Local Authorities and other similar bodies should act in the best interests of the general public by ensuring that any circus that uses its land is a member of the ACP in the knowledge that it is dealing with an established and reputable circus that is a member of its industry trade body and complies with all regulatory requirements that the ACP is able to advise on.
The Local Authority has a comfort in knowing that the ACP offers a route for discussion and mediation in resolving difficulties. This is the general public guarantee of quality, best value, best practice and commitment.
All members of the ACP must carry Public Liability Insurance.
In recent years there has been a move by some circuses to use privately owned sites that can be used without the necessity of planning permission.
The ACP considers that circuses should be a direct tenant of the local authority which can then exercise adequate control through the site agreement prohibiting fly posting, requiring proper and effective management and where relevant imposition of suitable animal welfare standards.
ACP Code of Practice
To help all Local Authorities trust the Circuses that they have on their land the ACP have drawn up a 10 point step by step plan to how we can work together and hold a successful event.
All members of the ACP are keen to work towards having a sustainable event, and as such have considered the impact when the circus comes to town. This is our Green Policy for all member circuses
All member Circuses adhere with the outdoor advertising regulations set out by Central Government and we advise all Local Authorities to follow the link here to familiarise yourself with these regulations
Circus Safety Tool Kit
ACP Circuses follow the guidelines in the Circus Safety Tool Kit