Setting up a venue for a public inquiry, hearing or examination

Information for the local authority when setting up a venue and the facilities needed for public inquiries, hearings and examinations.


The venue and facilities for public inquiries, hearings and examinations

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This guidance explains:

  • the venue
  • health and safety
  • location
  • access advice
  • the room
  • retiring rooms
  • layout of the inquiry room
  • layout of the hearing or examination room
  • Welsh language
  • other languages
  • cloakrooms and toilets
  • photocopying
Published 25 March 2013
Last updated 23 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Section 9 & 11 are new and the whole document has had some minor updates.
  2. Venue and facilities note updated
  3. First published.