What you need to know

Community event permits

Community event permits

The health and safety of our community is our number one priority. Event Organisers are responsible for the implementation of and compliance with the approved COVIDSafe Event Plan for their public event.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they have undertaken all requirements under the Public Events Framework. As per the COVIDSafe Public Events Framework evaluation process, random compliance checks will be undertaken to ensure the COVIDSafe Event Plan is being followed. An event organiser may be instructed to address issues of non-compliance immediately.

The event organiser controls and accepts sole responsibility, risk and liability for all aspects of their public event.

Any event permit issued to an event organiser is contingent on the organiser completing all requirements under the Public Event Framework.
You must supply a copy of your COVIDSafe Event Plan (and proof of its approval) or COVIDSafe Event Checklist Public Event Framework (and proof of its submission).

If you are looking to host an event on Council managed land, you may also require a permit.
An event permit may be required if your event:

  • involves more than 100 people
  • involves temporary structures (e.g. marquees, stages, lighting)*
  • is a fair or festival
    • involves the sale of food or drin
  • requires road closures or changes to normal traffic or parking conditions
  • involves vendors, performances, entertainment, amusements or inflatables*
  • requires the use of power
  • involves fireworks

* One marquee (sized 3m x 6m or under) is allowed without requiring a permit, provided it is weighted to manufacturers instructions. Pegging of any structures is not permitted.

** Amusements, inflatables and animals farms/petting zoos/animal rides are not permitted for private celebrations in parks.

How do I apply for an event permit?

Get in touch with our friendly Activation, Sport and Recreation team on 9243 8888 to discuss your event, and we can help make sure your chosen location is available, answer any queries you may have and advise you of your responsibilities and the requirements for your event.


Provided all relevant information has been supplied, assessment of your application may take place within four weeks of lodgement. Larger scale community events require additional time for processing and require a minimum of 12 weeks notice.

To assist with your planning you may wish to review The Victorian Guidelines for Planning Safe Public Events