Weddings

If you would like to host your wedding ceremony in a public park in the Morton Bay Region, you will need to apply for a permit. Council regulates these activities to make sure they are carried out safely and are considerate to residents and other park visitors.

Your wedding ceremony location can be booked for a maximum of three hours. You need to submit an application at least eight weeks before the ceremony. Applications can be accepted up to 12 months in advance.

Once we have confirmed the availability of your preferred location on your chosen date, you will need to provide a risk assessment, evidence of public liability insurance and pay a 38747 application fee.

How to apply

 

Step 1.Choose a location

Choose from our most popular wedding locations, or contact Council about using another location on (07) 3205 0555.

Step 2.Complete an application

Download and complete the Public Place Activity - Weddings application form(PDF, 360KB) and submit:

We will contact you to confirm your location is available on your chosen date. This may take up to 5 business days. Your application will be reviewed and assessed for approval under Local Law No 1 (Administration) 2011. Schedule 5(b).

Step 3.Pay application fee and send supporting documents

Once we have confirmed your location availability, you will need to:

  • pay a non-refundable 38747 application fee in accordance with Council's fees and charges
  • complete a risk management plan(PDF, 177KB)
  • take out public liability insurance. We require evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000. The insurance policy must be in the same name as the applicant.

It may take up to 30 business days from assessment to decision once all supporting documents have been provided.

About hosting your wedding in a Council park

  • Special mowing or additional servicing of the area is not provided. Council maintains its parks and gardens on a routine maintenance schedule.
  • To ensure safety of the general public and to avoid potential damage to the park surfaces, no vehicles may drive or park on grassed areas. All vehicles onsite must be parked lawfully.
  • Electricity access is not provided.
  • For environmental purposes the throwing of confetti, rice and any other similar material is not permitted. Rose petals and bubbles are permitted.
  • A portable PA system may be used; however please take into consideration the volume and the type of music played.
  • The insertion of stakes or pegs into the park surface is not permitted. Stand up umbrellas, wedding arches and chairs are permitted, and a "red carpet" may be laid down. All temporary structures must be self-supporting and weighted down.
  • Fireworks are not permitted.
  • Alcohol is not permitted to be consumed in public parks in accordance with Queensland State Law
  • Pathways and walkways must not be obstructed to ensure the safe passage of the general public during the ceremony.
  • The park must be left in a clean and tidy condition and any waste taken off site at the conclusion of your ceremony.
  • Please note parks are public places and a permit will not guarantee exclusive use of the park.