Northern Midlands

Place of Assembly Permits

The Public Health Act 1997 regulates the licensing, operation, use and management of places which are used as ‘places of assembly’.

A 'Place of Assembly' is:

  • any place or area used for the entertainment of members of the public;
  • any place or area used for the assembly of members of the public for social or recreational purposes; and,
  • any school or other place or area used for community or public purposes.

Examples of different types of places of assembly are:

  • Public swimming pools.
  • Public spa pools but not including spa pools in private rooms in paid accommodation.
  • Public Halls that are used for a public event.
  • Cinemas and theatres.
  • Nightclubs.
  • Mass gatherings of the public in outdoor areas which are being used for a public event.
  • Circuses.
  • Places of worship that are used for a public event, but not when being used for religious services or ceremonies.
  • Outdoor sporting facilities that are being used for a public event.
  • Gymnasia and indoor sporting facilities that are being used for a public event.
  • Schools or premises used for educational purposes that are being used for a public event.
  • Premises registered under the Food Act 2003 that are being used for a public event.
  • Unlicensed clubs which are the subject of a special permit authorizing the sale of liquor under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 and which are being used for a public event.
  • Premises which contain a temporary structure that is being used for a public event.
  • Outdoor markets which are not operated by a council.
  • Indoor markets where associated buildings are not usually licensed as a Place of Assembly.

Who needs a Place of Assembly Licence?

A person who wishes to:
  • Operate, use or manage a place as a Place of Assembly;
  • Conduct any entertainment at a Place of Assembly;
  • Lease or offer for lease a place as a Place of Assembly.

There are two types of licences:

  • General Purpose - This is issued for a 12 month period and is renewable each year.
  • Specific Event - This is issued for the duration of a public event at a venue which is not normally licensed as a Place of Assembly. (Please note that each event will require a separate licence).

Place of Assembly Licence Fees?

Please click here to view the current fees.

How do I obtain a Place of Assembly Licence?

Complete the application form and submit it to Council with the appropriate fee. Application forms can be downloaded or can be obtained from the Council at 13 Smith Street, Longford.

Please click on the following to dowload the a Place of Assembly Application Form and Application for Temporary Occupancy Permit.

Information to be provided with the application:

Please refer to ‘Guidelines for Places of Assembly’.

If you have questions about your application, please contact an Environmental Health Officer at the Northern Midlands Council on (03) 63977303.

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