Fair Use Guide

Hackspace aims to provide a creative space and community where it’s members can hack, make, experiment, repurpose, learn, share, and socialise.

Hackspace is is open 24 hours a day, and you are welcome to get as much use of it as you like, provided:

  • Your use of the space is within the remit of Hackspace’s aims.
  • You don’t monopolise the space or equipment to the detriment of other members.

Remember this is a shared space, so don’t treat it like your home. This means:

  • Hackspace is not your bedroom. Power naps are fine. All-night hacking sessions are fine. Intentionally sleeping the night is not.
  • Hackspace is not your kitchen. Our small kitchenette is for making tea and snacks, not for cooking three full meals a day.
  • Hackspace is not your shed. We have limited storage, which is in high demand. Ensure your possessions left at the space comply with our Stuff, Storage, and Stickers Guide, and don’t store stuff here that’s not related to your current projects.
  • Hackspace is not your address. Getting project parts delivered to hackspace is fine, but don’t use hackspace as your address on official documents or register your business here.

We don’t employ any staff, so to keep Hackspace running smoothly we rely on all members giving a little of their time in proportion to usage get they out of the space.

When you visit, try to set aside 10-15 minutes before you leave to do some of the quick tasks that keep the space safe and usable for everyone. These include:

  • Sweeping the floors.
  • Emptying the bins and vacuum cleaner.
  • Putting stuff away in the right place.
  • Maintaining tools, and reporting faulty ones.
  • Restocking consumables.
  • Taking things to the tip.

If you’re a more frequent user, please also consider offering to help with bigger or more regular jobs. These include:

  • Machine inductions.
  • Open evening tours.
  • Administration.
  • Organising skill-shares and events.
  • Becoming a Director

Using the space for business purposes (such as prototyping your start-up’s products) is fine, but remember that your business is no more important than any other member’s project. You do not get priority access to equipment, storage, or workspaces. You can’t expect other members to stay out of your way, stay quiet, or give up their turn on equipment, just because you’re doing “business stuff”.

Do not use Hackspace as your business’ registered address.

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  • Last modified: 3 years ago
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