Creating Shared Use Agreements

Shared-use partnerships can be formal (based on a written, legal document) or informal (based on historical practice). Although many communities informally agree to share facilities, a well-crafted shared use agreement can help things go smoothly – from coordinating scheduling and staffing to handling maintenance and the possibility of injury. Also, when key personnel change, or when budgets shrink, informal agreements are more likely to be abandoned since there is no written accountability.
 
Shared use agreements can range from simple to complex. To ensure success, the agreements require thoughtful planning and collaboration to address the costs and responsibilities incurred by opening up various facilities. Subject to state and local laws, shared use agreements can reallocate some or all of the responsibility for the costs, security, supervision, maintenance, repairs, and potential liability.
 
ChangeLab Solutions has created these practical tools to help your community create shared use agreements.