The House of Commons forms part of the Palace of Westminster, which remains a Royal Palace; is one part of the legislature of the United Kingdom; a grade I listed building, and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As such, the many considerations of planning an event here can seem complex and overwhelming at times.
Download key information which we feel will help you better understand some of our many rules and regulations and assist you in planning key elements of your event, giving you peace of mind.
When is what needed in the planning process? Our handy flow chart tells you what happens administratively and when in the lead up to your event from when the pre-payment has to be paid to when you must submit your menu choices.
All attendees, including organisers and their entourage, entertainment, photographers, etc., must be is possession of an official invitation to the event. This will form part of the security procedure.
You may be asked to show proof of identity. Invitations should direct guests to arrive via Cromwell Green unless specifically told to use one of our other entrances.
Style and formatting is very much a decision for event organisers.
The Crowned Portcullis Badge
The Portcullis surmounted with a |Crown, the emblem of Parliament, can only be used on invitations for events sponsored by Members of Parliament and Peers.
Any APPG that is on the Register of APPGs must use the House's bespoke logo for APPGs if it wants to use the crowned portcullis badge on their invitations. Unregistered groups are not allowed to use the bespoke logo.
To ensure that Parliament remains a safe and accessible place for those who work within and visit Parliament, we have implemented a range of security measures. It is important that you and your guests take note of them before and during your visit.
Need something delivering for your event? Then this must go through our secure off-site screening centre. We cannot take delivery of anything that hasn't already been through our security screening (including couriers).
Please ensure you choose 'Delivery Location 19. HoC Purchasing Office' when completing the booking form.