Planning to hold an event or festival?

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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(DOCX, 52KB) is the first step in the application process. Information on the application process and how to conduct a safe event including how to develop an Event Plan and Risk Management Plan can be found in the links below. 

Developing an event in Hobsons Bay

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.

Part OneGuide to Holding an Event in the City of Hobsons Bay(PDF, 744KB)

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 TwoDeveloping an Event Plan(PDF, 1MB)

Lets you know how to provide the information needed in an Event Plan, which may be required for your event to gain approval. 

Part ThreeRisk Safety and Emergency Management(PDF, 1MB)

Helps you to identify, manage and record the risks associated with your 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, or on the Event Planning Guides, please contact the Events Unit on 9932 1000 or via email: