If you would like to host an event (other than a small gathering) in a public space, you will need to go through either an event registration or event local law approval application process.
You will not need approval for a small gathering if your event:
- is not for commercial purposes
- has no more than 50 attendees
- uses permitted structures (up to twp marquees where each marquee does not exceed three metres x six metres in size)
- has no amusement rides or devices
- does not require vehicle access to public land, other than public car parks
- is not a wedding or a market
- does not involve the sale or supply of liquor
- does not require access to Council’s electricity or water supply.
All other events require approval, unless they are private events on private land or public events on private land that constitute development. If your event is on private land and you have invited the general public to attend refer to Events on private land for more information.
Find out your event's risk level
Use the event screening tool to determine if your event is rated low, medium, or high risk. Once you know your event's risk level you can follow the relevant process.
Low risk event registration process
If you have received a low risk rating in the event screening tool, you will be required to go through the streamlined event registration process.
You will need to submit your event registration and provide evidence of a current public liability insurance policy to the value of $20,000,000 at least 30 business days before your event.
Once the required documents have been provided, a booking will be made and you will be sent a confirmation letter with conditions for you to comply with.
If the requested date is unavailable, Council will contact you to discuss further.
Medium risk event registration process
If you have received a medium risk rating, Council will review your event and contact you within five business days to advise if you need to follow the low risk event registration or high risk event approval process.
High risk event approval process
If you have received a high risk rating in the event screening tool, you will be required to go through the event local law approval process.
You need to submit your application and all supporting documentation at least 30 business days before your event.
Once all supporting documents have been provided, your application will be reviewed and assessed under the Events Local Law 2023.
Is your high risk event low or high impact?
Your event will be classified as low impact or high impact. There are different fees depending on whether your event will be low impact or high impact.
Your event is classified as a low impact event if it will have:
- less than 500 people
- no amusement devices, such as a ferris wheel
- no traffic management or parking restrictions
- no fireworks.
Events are classified as high impact if it has over 500 people or requires traffic management or parking restrictions. Events with amusement devices or fireworks are also high impact.
How to apply
You need to know your event's risk level before you start an application. Use the Event screening tool to determine if your event is rated low risk, medium risk or high risk.
Select the applicable risk level for your event and follow the steps to apply: