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Holding an event

Important information about holding an event in Hobsons Bay.

Hobsons Bay has many unique locations suitable for holding many different types of events and festivals. 

If you are planning to hold an event or festival on public land, you will need a permit. The application process to obtain the permit will vary depending on the type of event you are planning. 

Information on the event application process can be found in A Guide to Holding an Event in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 586KB).   

The Expression of Interest Form(DOCX, 56KB) is the first step in the application process.

Details of our parks and reserves can be found here

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Information for event organisers

A series of Event Planning Guides have been developed to assist event organisers who wish to produce events within the municipality.

These guides outline the requirements of Council, regulatory authorities and emergency services providers and provide useful information to assist you in planning and delivering a safe event. The Event Planning Guides are in three parts and can be downloaded here:

Part One:            A guide to holding an event in the City of Hobsons Bay(DOCX, 215KB)

Part Two:            Developing an event plan(PDF, 833KB)

Part Three:         Risk, safety and emergency management(PDF, 845KB)

Part One, A guide to holding an event in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 586KB) provides information on the event application process and the steps involved in getting your event permit from Council. It also provides information on the classification of events as well as on other permits, permissions and notifications you might need from other authorities.

Part Two, Developing an event plan(PDF, 833KB) lets you know how to provide the information needed in an Event Plan, which may be required for your event to gain approval. 

Part Three, Risk, safety and emergency management(PDF, 845KB) helps you to identify, manage and record the risks associated with your event and includes sample templates.

For further information on Holding an Event(PDF, 586KB), or on the Event Planning Guides(PDF, 833KB), please contact the Events Unit on 9932 1000 or via email


Events and Risk Management Planning - Workshops

 This workshop is aimed at community event organisers who are planning to hold an event within the next 12 months. It takes place over two sessions.

The workshop facilitator is event specialist, Tracey Hull. Tracey has over 25 years experience in events management across diverse community events, as well as major state, national and international events.

Session One:

Wednesday 24 May 6pm to 9pm

  • Council's updated Events Planning Guide and application process
  • Developing an Event Plan - Part One
  • An overview of Event Risk and Emergency Management    

Session Two:

Wednesday 7 June 6pm to 9pm

  • Developing an Event Plan - Part Two
  • Event Rick and Emergency Management Planning - Part Two

Where: Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, 115 Civic Parade, Altona 3018

Please note that attendance at both sessions is required to complete the course.

Light refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest in attending this two-part course, please email: