Starting a new market | Brisbane City Council

Starting a new market

Brisbane City Council supports markets as they help us achieve our vision for a vibrant and creative city. To ensure amenity and safety, Council regulates markets under Council’s City Plan 2014, the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law  and the Entertainment Venues and Events Local Law

If you are planning to start a market, find out the approvals triggered by:

Market location

You can minimise the approvals required to start your market by choosing the location carefully.

If you locate your market in a preferred zone on private property, you will not need planning approval from Council, but may still require approval under the Entertainment Events and Venues Local Law depending on the market frequency and attendance numbers.

If you propose to hold your market on Council land, such as parks, roads or footpaths you may need consent under the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law  from Council as the owner of the land. The requirement for consent depends on the market frequency and attendance numbers.

Make your initial request for markets on Council land by calling Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Preferred zones

You can access the key facts about a property to find out the zone of the land you are proposing to use for the market.

City Plan 2014 encourages markets to locate in the following zones:

  • SR2 Sport and recreation (District)
  • SR3 Sport and recreation (Metropolitan)
  • OS2 Open space (District)
  • OS3 Open space (Metropolitan)
  • PC1 Principal Centre (City centre)
  • PC2 Principal Centre (Regional centre)
  • MC Major centre
  • DC1 District centre (District)
  • DC2 District centre (Corridor)
  • MU1 Mixed use (Inner city)
  • MU2 Mixed use (Centre frame)
  • MU3 Mixed use (Corridor)
  • CF2 Community facilities (Major sports venue)
  • CF4 Community facilities (Community purposes)
  • CF5 Community facilities (Education purposes).

If you locate your market in these preferred zones, you will not need to submit a development application for planning approval. 

If your proposed market location is not in one of the preferred zones, contact Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263) for specific planning advice.

Market frequency

Markets can be a one-off occasion or a regular event. The frequency of your market determines the type of approval that may be required under Council’s Entertainment Venues and Events Local Law or Public Land and Council Assets Local Law.

One-off market

Council land

Council consent is required under the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law  for a one-off market with less than 2,000 people attending over the duration of the event.

If the market is proposed to be a one-off event on public land with more than 2,000 people expected to attend, an Entertainment Event Permit will be required under the Entertainment Venues and Events Local Law.

Make your initial request for a one-off market on Council land by calling Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Private property

A permit is not required for a one-off market with less than 2,000 people attending over the duration of the event (however market operators still need to be aware of and comply with the requirements of Entertainment Venues and Events Local Law).

If the market is proposed to be a one-off event and more than 2000 people (including employees and stallholders) are expected to attend over the duration of the event, an Entertainment Events Permit will be required. 

Complete the Application for event approvals online form to apply for the Entertainment Events Permit.

Find out more about how to apply for Entertainment event permits.

Regular market

Council land

If the market is proposed to be a regular market on Council land, make your initial request by calling Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263).

Private property

If the market is proposed to be a regular event (on more than one occasion) an Entertainment venue permit (Category B) will be required. 

Complete the Application for event approvals online form to apply for the Entertainment Venue Permit. 

Find out more about how to apply for Entertainment venue permits.

Related market activities

Food stallholders

Market operators need to ensure that food vendors have an appropriate licence, if required. Generally stalls that involve the preparation of food do require a licence. You can find out when a licence is required for Temporary Food Stalls and Mobile Food Vehicles. There are some exemptions that apply for non-profit organisations.

Signage for markets

If you are running a non-profit market, you are permitted to have a community event sign, provided you carry out a self-assessment to make sure you comply with the relevant requirements.

Otherwise, you can find out the licence requirements for signs using the Advertising Signs Tool.

More information

You can promote your new market by submitting the details to Council’s community events calendar.

For further information about operating a market phone Council’s Business Hotline on 133 BNE (133 263), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

01 July 2018