Apply for an event permit

If you’re planning an event or festival in a public space, park or road, you will need to obtain an event permit. We can help you plan a great event, while managing any public safety risks and neighbourhood disruptions.

Note: If you received a Festival City Grant, you do not need a permit for your event.

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Allow plenty of time to apply

An early application will give us more time to help you and will give you more time to fulfill any legal requirements.

For large events and festivals (more than 1000 people) and events involving road closures, applications must be lodged at least 45 working days before the proposed date of the event.

Footscray Police require three months’ notice to attend an event. Police involvement may be compulsory, especially in the case of a street event.

Before applying

Please read our Festivals and events planning guidelines(PDF, 930KB).

The guidelines contain detailed information on all aspects of organising an event or festival, including:

  • lodging an event application for an event permit
  • your obligations and responsibilities as an event/festival organiser
  • safety considerations for conducting your event/festival
  • the process of preparing your event.

What documents do you need?

Depending on your event, location and requirements, you may need:

  • public liability insurance
  • a risk management plan
  • an emergency management plan
  • a site plan showing the location of all activities within the selected area.
  • a traffic management plan
  • a list of sites you would like to place signage
  • details of amplification, lighting, toilets, waste management
  • first aid arrangements
  • parking arrangements.

Other permits may be required

You may need additional permits if you are planning to:

  • erect temporary structures such as a portable stages and marquees
  • sell food or alcohol
  • let off fireworks.

Apply for an event permit

Fill in the Event permit application form(PDF, 500KB) and submit to Council.