Not sure what permits you'll need for your event? Find out more about permits and take our self-assessment below.
Complete a self assessment
The Self Assessment form takes less than five minutes and will help you understand the next steps you need to take. Complete the form and our Economic Development team can support you through the process.
Using private land
If you're planning to host an event on private land, you may need to apply for a planning permit based on the location of the event.
Place of Public Entertainment (POPE)
Your event site is classed as a Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) if you are:
- planning to put up temporary structures for your event
- are holding an event that's deemed not to be normal practice for the location (for example, a music concert on a football oval).
Under the Building Act 1993 and Regulations 2006, you must obtain a POPE occupancy permit from Council if you're planning to:
- use temporary structures (tents or marquees bigger than 100 square metres, prefabricated buildings not placed directly on the ground, a stage bigger than 150 metres or orchestra pit covers)
- host an event in a venue bigger than 500 square metres or substantially enclosed or charge admission
- have terraced seating (seating stands) for more than 20 people.
Serving food and beverages
If you're planning to sell or serve food at your event, or have food and non-alcoholic beverage vendors, you'll need to register with Streatrader.
If you intend to sell or serve alcohol, or have alcohol consumed at your event, you'll need to register with Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR).
Temporary road closure
If you'd like to temporarily close certain roads or alter the flow of traffic for your event, you'll need a temporary road closure permit.
There are a range of things that require a local laws permit. You might need one if you want to:
- put up signage
- hold a market, street festival or parade
- conduct a raffle
- use Council utilities
- host live entertainment or live animals
- have special effects such as fireworks displays
- organise games in a public place.