Planning to hold an event or festival?

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Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on events

In the best interest of the safety, health and wellbeing of the Hobsons Bay community and Council staff in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Council is currently not approving event permits until further notice. 

The closure of facilities and cancellation of events has been guided by advice given by the federal and state governments. 

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. It is important to read Part One of the Council's event planning guides: A Guide to Holding an Event in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 744KB) before filling in this form.  

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 in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 744KB) 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, 1MB) 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, 1MB) helps events organisers identify, manage and record the risks associated with an event and includes sample templates.

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 9932 1000 or via email: