Denton County Commissioners Court recognizes the need for guidelines for the use of County owned facilities by County Elected Officials and Departments and by non-County related organizations and sets forth policy as follows:
Department Building Use
Denton County facilities are primarily used for official County functions by elected officials and staff. It is intended that these facilities be used to the fullest extent for these primary purposes.
Listed buildings (attachment A) may be made available to other users on a limited fee basis for events that support a public purpose, benefit, service, training or interest to Denton County residents that otherwise could not occur without the facility being available. Denton County (licensor) has the right to refuse use of facilities to any group (licensee) if the proposed event conflicts with the intended use of the building, is in conflict with established policies or laws, or is in conflict with any other confirmed reservation.
In such cases where groups have a written agreement that addresses use of specific facilities or grounds the written agreement shall stand.
County facilities are not available for Facilities Use on County holidays. Unless use is a County sponsored event.
County facilities and grounds will be restricted between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 am unless previously authorized by the Aide to the Commissioners Court or County Administrator
Reservations for use of each facility will be accepted on a first come – first served basis.
No single group or individual will be given preference or priority so that the buildings are made available to serve the needs of as many different groups as possible. Equal access shall be given to all groups and individuals applying, and no group or individual shall be denied access because of considerations of race, sex, religious or political persuasion, or because of the political, religious, or social aims expressed by an individual or group, or by any group’s members.
The frequency with which one group may utilize the building is at the discretion of the County.
The County retains the right to refuse requests for use of non-departmental space or to cancel reservations before or while they are in effect if these regulations are not complied with, or if the space requested is needed for governmental functions.
Reservations are not accepted more than 6 months in advance of the scheduled event, f) Permission to use Denton County facilities shall not, in any way, constitute an endorsement of the group or individual, or their policies and activities.
Applications and copies of the Denton County Building Use Policy will be available at each facility where rooms are available (see attachment A), as well as https://dentoncounty.gov
Applications shall be completed in full, notarized, and returned with any necessary fees, and release of liability forms. Applications are not valid until all fees are paid.
Applications shall be submitted to the Aide to Commissioners Court office not less than Thirty (30) days prior to the intended use date.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
Any group using a Denton County facility must be required to execute a release of liability for negligence or any damages caused to the user or its property during the time of the event or use of the facility.
Licensee is not allowed to assign their reserved time at a facility to another party unless written permission is given by the Denton County.
Deposit and Facilities Use Fees
Facilities Use fees only apply to events that take place AFTER regular working hours of Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Deposits may be refunded fourteen (14) days after the scheduled use of the facility unless the facility is left unclean or damages occur to the facility, and will be mailed to the individual who made the reservation.
Facilities Use fees will be returned if the reservation is cancelled within 72 hours prior to the scheduled use of the facility. Facilities Use fees may not be returned if the reservation is cancelled less than 72 hours prior to the scheduled use of the facility.
Denton County will not charge a fee for use of a facility as an election polling place.
Denton County may elect to waive certain fees for use of County facilities if they determine that the County is receiving fair value by allowing the use of its facilities.
Regulations for Use of Space
Licensee shall comply with all the laws of the United States, the State of Texas and all Denton County rules, policies and regulations. All persons in and on the property shall comply with official signs of a prohibitory or directory nature, and with the directions of security force personnel or other authorized individuals. Denton County has the right to have persons violating any provisions removed from the premises and to prosecute any and all violators to the fullest extent of the law.
Licensee shall not engage in or permit disorderly conduct, or conduct which creates loud and unusual noise, or which obstructs the usual use of entrances, foyers, corridors, offices, elevators, stairways, and parking lots, or which otherwise tends to impede or disturb the public employees in the performance of their duties, or which otherwise impedes or disturbs the general public in transacting business or obtaining the services provided on property.
Adults attending events on Denton County premises must keep their children with them at all times.
Soliciting alms, contributions, or collecting private debts on County premises is prohibited. Commercial soliciting and vending and displaying or distributing commercial advertising on County premises are prohibited, except when in conjunction with an event approved by the Commissioners Court, Aide to the Commissioners Court or County Administrator
Depositing or posting handbills, flyers, pamphlets, signs, posters, placards, or other literature, except official Government notices and announcements on the buildings or grounds, walks, driveways, parking and maneuvering areas, exteriors of buildings, and other structures, or on the floors, walls, stairs, racks, counters, desks, writing tables, window ledges, or furnishings in interior public areas on County premises is prohibited.
Hanging decorations on the grounds, walks, driveways, parking and maneuvering areas, exteriors of buildings, and other structures, or on the floors, walls, stairs, racks, counters, desks, writing tables, window ledges, or furnishings in interior public areas on County premises which could damage the building in any way is prohibited unless written request is made and specifically approved in writing by the County.
During all activities and events, a County representative or a Denton County employed Peace Officer will be assigned to supervise the building. This employee is not responsible for performing any personal services conjunction with any activity or event. Designated representatives from Denton County have the right to enter any portion of the designated space for any purpose whatsoever any time during the scheduled event or activity. At all times the designated space shall be under the charge and control of the appropriate Denton County Department or licensee.
All groups may be required to have a Denton County employed peace officer, at their event. The fee is $50 per hour with a four (4) hour minimum.
The licensee shall be responsible for securing any permits or approvals, such as parking permits and tent permits, required in connection with the event.
Licensee shall not admit to the facility a larger number of persons than is permitted by the County Fire Code (see Attachment A).
Licensee shall not place any additional locks on doors. The keys to all facilities shall remain in the possession of the County. Entrances and exits shall be locked and unlocked by an employee of Denton County in accordance with the time set forth in the agreement unless other arrangements are made and confirmed in writing.
Licensee shall not use or permit smoking, use of tobacco, drug use, or alcoholic beverages in any County facility, except alcoholic beverages during county hosted civic events at the Courthouse on the Square, Historical Park, and Administrative Courthouse facilities when food and alcohol are customarily served, such as conventions or conference socials, art exhibits and organized evening social activities.
Weapons, reproductions of weapons, and any items capable of being conceived as weapons (except those carried by peace officers) are forbidden from being brought onto Denton County property.
Licensee shall not use or permit the premises to be used for sleeping or lodging purposes.
Licensee will assure that persons attending the scheduled activity do not enter any of the non-public space in the facility.
Stages and tents are allowed on the grounds. Stakes can be no longer than 8 inches. All stages and tents must be approved by the Denton County Facilities Department
Vehicles are not allowed on lawns, planted areas, sidewalks or walkways of County property. Food trucks are allowed at designated areas, and must be approved by the Denton County Facilities Department.
Pets are not allowed inside Denton County facilities with the exception of Therapy or Service dogs.
Proper attire of shirts and shoes are required during use of all Denton County facilities.
If an emergency happens the licensee will immediately dial 911, contact appropriate emergency services, evacuate the building if appropriate, and notify both the peace officer on duty or Denton County representative. If the representative is not able to be contacted then the licensee will call: 940-349-2970.
Furniture / Equipment
Tables and chairs are available on a limited basis. If the licensee wishes to bring in additional furniture or equipment it must have non-mark feet only, and be delivered / picked up at the facility only during the scheduled time.
Some facilities have limited video, sound, or projection equipment is available for use.
Some facilities have limited kitchen access. Kitchen tools and appliances are not available for use, and the kitchens must be left in the same condition, or better, as they were before the event.