Do I Need Public Liability Insurance For A Private Party?

If you are planning a private party and are uncertain about whether you need public liability insurance, then this guide will help to answer your questions. 

Here at Protectivity, we specialise in providing insurance for events. Whether you need party insurance or cover for an anniversary celebration, we’ll likely have a policy suitable for your needs. 

What is Public Liability Insurance?

Public Liability insurance covers you if a third party makes a claim against you in the unfortunate situation that an individual is killed or injured at your party as a result of your actions. Potential legal costs and any compensation claims can run into the thousands so a Public Liability insurance policy will protect you.

What does Public Liability Insurance cover?

Public Liability Insurance will protect you in the event that a claim is made against you for accidental bodily injury or damage to third party equipment.  Legal fees and potential compensation costs will all be covered by the policy.

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In what circumstances would I need Public Liability Insurance?

Businesses will require Public Liability insurance as standard to protect them if a member of the public or an employee has an accident. Businesses or individuals organising events are also likely to need Public Liability cover to protect them if a third party makes a claim following injury as a result of an accident during the event.

Why do I need Public Liability Insurance cover?

Public Liability Insurance covers a range of potential accidents that can occur.

Accidents as a result of disrepair

If there is an accident due to an item of broken furniture or someone trips over some carpet that hasn’t been secured properly then you could be liable for costs as a result of a claim made by a third party.


Despite all your planning and risk assessment for your party, accidents cannot always be predicted and if there is an accident as a result of something being dropped or broken then a claim could be made against you. For example, if a party guest spills a drink over a speaker that you have hired and causes damage then this would be covered.

Slips and falls

A simple slip or fall might be unavoidable but any injury that is caused can result in a claim being made against you.  So, if a party guest trips over a cable and sues you for the resulting injury then a Public Liability insurance policy would cover these costs for you.


This policy will also cover any costs as a result of an accident which may cause damage to equipment at the party venue. So, if a table that you have hired is damaged as the result of an accident then you will be covered for this.

Do I need Public Liability Insurance for a private party?

The chances are that you will have invested both time and money in putting on a party. An accident resulting in a claim against you from a third party could result in significant costs which you are unlikely to have planned for. By taking out a Public Liability insurance policy, you can have peace of mind that should a situation happen, you are protected from having to pay these costs.

Some venues even require you to have a policy. Often you will find that as part of the terms of hiring a hall, space or any other area, you will be required to have a certain level of Public Liability protection in place. It’s always best to check with your venue if you need a specific amount of coverage.

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