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When do you need a permit
A place of public entertainment is a building or place used or intended to be used for conducting public entertainment or a public meeting - being either of the following:
- A public assembly building of more than 500m2 or
- A place of more than 500m2, which may include the erection of a prescribed temporary structure being one of the following:
- A seating stand for more than 20 persons
- A marquee of more than 100m2
- A tent of more than 100m2
- A booth of more than 100m2
- A stage or platform of more than 150m2
Public Entertainment means an entertainment or meeting to which admission may ordinarily be gained by members of the public.
Examples of Public Entertainment
- Grand Prix
- Cinema in the Park
- Community Fair / Show (eg Melbourne Show)
- Kids Carnival
- Community Cup
- Live Performances (e.g. rock concerts)
When a siting is required
A siting of a temporary structure is required to be obtained prior to erection of any of the following structures:
- Tents, marquees or booths with a floor area greater than 100m2, or
- Stages or platforms (including sky borders and stage wings) exceeding 150m2 in floor area, or
- Seating stands for more than 20 persons, or
- Prefabricated buildings exceeding 100m2 other than ones placed directly on the ground surface.
The regulations exempt community-based organisations from the requirements of an occupancy permit for place of public entertainment, if
- The public entertainment is conducted in an outdoor recreational facility (e.g. football ground, park, reserves) greater than 500m2, and
- No temporary structures erected, and
- The number of persons in the place at any one time during the event or activity is less than 5000 persons.
For further information visit the VBA Practice Note.