Planning to hold an event or festival?

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Events in Hobsons Bay

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

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

Completing the Event Expression of Interest form is the first step in applying for a permit. We'd recommend discussing your event proposal with the Events Unit before completing this form.

Under current Victorian COVID-19 restrictions, public events are not able to take place. The ability to progress your application will be dependent on State Government restriction levels.

Event Planning Guides

A series of event planning guides are available to help event organisers develop an event and risk management plan. The guides also provide information to help plan and deliver safe events that meet the requirements of Council, emergency services and other regulatory authorities.

Part OneA Guide to Holding an Event(PDF, 408KB)  provides information on the steps involved in applying for an event permit. It also includes information on permissions and notifications that might be needed from other authorities.

Part TwoDeveloping an Event Plan(PDF, 554KB) outlines how to provide the information needed in an event plan, which may be needed to get an event permit. 

Part ThreeRisk Safety and Emergency Management(PDF, 574KB) helps events organisers identify, manage and record the risks associated with an event and includes sample templates.

COVIDSafe Public Events

The Victorian government has set out information to help organisers of public events in Victoria meet safety requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Public Events Framework has been developed to assist event organisers. Events have been categorised with a three Tier system, assessed according to event size, complexity and associated risk factors.

Public Events organisers must register with DHS under the Public Events Framework. Depending on your event size, you may have to register with DHS up to 3 months before your proposed event date.

Please familiarise yourself with the Public Events Framework before lodging an event application in Hobsons Bay. For further information please visit the DHS website

At this time, public events cannot occur.


Safe and Healthy Crowded Places

It is recommended that event organisers review their risk management in line with the Federal Government’s Australia’s Strategy for Protecting Crowded Places from Terrorism document, available at the National Security website.

Event organisers should complete the Crowded Places Security Audit and Crowded Places Self-Assessment Tool, as it will help determine the need for Victoria Police guidance in planning your event. 

For further information on holding an event, please contact the Events Unit on 1300 179 944 or via email: