Events and festivals

Brisbane's great festivals and events bring together and celebrate local cultures and enhance our reputation as a vibrant and creative city. If you are planning an event, you may need an Entertainment Event Permit. There are also related event approvals that may be required for both small and large events. Understand Council's requirements for event preparation, safety and notification to stakeholders and access useful event planning resources.

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Event sustainability guidelines

Council has developed guidelines to help event organisers incorporate sustainable principles into the planning of their events. Every event is different and each presents different opportunities for improved sustainability.

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Entertainment Event Permits

Events that will attract more than 2000 people require an Entertainment Events Permit. Find out how to apply and the fees payable.

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School based events

Fetes or other similar school based fundraising events run by public or private schools or P&C associations are eligible to apply for a Self Assessable Event Permit.  Find out the requirements and how to apply.

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Related event approvals

Depending on the activities planned, an event may require approvals for food stall operators, parks approval, selling or serving alcohol, signage, fireworks, traffic and parking management and temporary road closures.

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Event preparation and safety

As part of your Entertainment Event Permit application, you need to provide documentation of event preparation and safety. Understand the requirements for bins and toilets, rides, animals, temporary buildings and structures, electrical and gas safety and noise management.

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Event notification to stakeholders

You will need to notify the community and other stakeholders about your event, and provide documentation to Council about the notifications.

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Event planning resources

Council has gathered links to useful resources to help with your event planning. There is information to help locate a venue for your event, find out about sponsorship, event planning and sustainable events.

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Event Traffic Marshal Scheme

If you are planning a special event that involves a temporary lane or road closure, you may be able to use volunteer Event Traffic Marshals (ETM) for basic and low risk traffic duties, making it easier and more affordable to host your event. Find out the requirements and next steps.