Entertainment event permits
COVID Safe Event Requirements
From 17 December 2021, events are no longer required to operate under the COVID Safe Event Checklist. However, depending on the type of event and where it is being held you may still be required to operate in accordance with a checklist.
Find out about the COVID Safe Checklists for Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status required from 5.00am Friday 17 December 2021.
Find out more about:
- checking the vaccination status of customers
- Queensland’s public health and social measures that will be in place once Queensland reaches the 80% double dose vaccinated target.
NOTE: The Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Direction is no longer in effect and has been replaced with the Public Health and Social Measures linked to vaccination status Direction. Under this Direction there remains the requirement for many business settings and activities to operate in accordance with a COVID Safe Checklist (including events).
Do I need an event permit?
You will need a temporary entertainment event permit if you answer YES to one or more of the following:
- Are you providing entertainment to the public?
- Will you have more than 200 people attending your event?
- Will your event have any catering, infrastructure, fireworks, amplified sound?
- Will your event impact on neighbouring residents or businesses?
If you are unsure whether you require a permit, please contact council’s Health and Regulatory Services on 1300 MACKAY (622 529).
Please note: Event attendee numbers may trigger other requirements and services to be provided at your event, such as event traffic management plans and public transport. For more information on these requirements and services please contact Health and Regulatory Services.
How to apply
To gain approval to operate a temporary entertainment event you are required to submit a complete application to council, a minimum of four weeks prior to the date of the event, or twelve weeks prior when road closures are proposed.
Below is a list of the items you must include with your application:
- Complete Application for Temporary Entertainment Event Approval form.
- Relevant fee payable. Temporary Entertainment Event Application. Fees and charges are available here.
- Please note - Separate applications and fees are required for Traffic management plan assessments and lodgement.
- Site plan, to scale, that includes details of the following:
- Layout of the event
- Buildings at the site (including toilet facilities)
- Waste receptacles
- Food and vendors
- Access roads for people (if relevant) to enter and leave the place of the temporary entertainment event.
- Building/engineering certification for any temporary fixtures (for example a stage, tents and the like);
- Work Health and Safety certification (where required)
- Liquor licence permit (where required)
- Safety risk assessment in crowded places – terrorism
- Fireworks permits; Other permits – animals on beach; beach access/permit
- Copy of the current insurance policy for public liability. Public liability insurance must be for a minimum value of $20 million; and
- Risk Management Plan – Click here for a risk management plan template
- List of all food vendors
- Traffic management plan (if applicable) Traffic Management Plan assessments Fees and charges are available here
- Letter drop to residents within 500m radius of event
Depending on the type of event and activities planned, there are a number of related event approvals required by council and Queensland Government that you may need for your event. You will need to obtain approval for these activities, and submit a copy along with your Temporary Entertainment Event Permit.
Please note - No applicant is guaranteed approval of their temporary entertainment event approval. Approval is at the sole discretion of council.