Event permit fees

As a proactive measure to protect community and staff health and safety in relation to COVID-19, Moreland City Council has suspended the issue of event permits in public spaces until further notice.

Moreland Council is taking the necessary precautions to protect the wellbeing of our community, which is our number one priority.

Updates regarding the timeframe for this suspension will be provided as information becomes available from the relevant federal and state authorities.

Event Registrations are exempt from the formal Event Permitting process, however we strongly urge community members to observe advice from relevant federal and state authorities regarding physical distancing. In line with current advice, Council strongly discourages non-essential gatherings of any nature.

For those wanting more information about coronavirus and how to reduce your risk of catching the virus visit the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Event permit

If you would like to hold a festival or event in Merri-bek, you may need an Event permit.

If your event does not require a permit we do ask that you register your event with the Cultural Events Officer to avoid conflicting with other events or site maintenance.

Event permit fees

Permit fees contribute to the costs associated with the preparation of the site for groups to host events. This includes the cleaning and stocking of toilets, preparation of the grounds, including marking irrigation systems and other associated costs.

Fees 2019

Community event - $180

A community event permit is required for an event or festival that is being run in the Merri-bek municipality by a not for profit organisation who can provide proof of not-for-profit status such as a Certificate of Incorporation. There is no limit on the size of the event or number of attendees.

Private event - $500

A private event permit is required for an event or festival that is being run in the Merri-bek municipality by an individual, commercial operator, business, wedding operators (including individuals planning a wedding) or any other organisation does not have not-for-profit status. There is no limit on the size of the event or number of attendees.

Ticketed event- 

View the ticketed event fee structure (DOC 38Kb).

A ticketed event permit is required for an event run by either a commercial operator or community group holding a ticketed event in Council’s passive open space.

It can be of small or large scale, usually in a fenced or cordoned off area. These are described as user pay events.

These events may in addition to an Event Permit fee (charities with Deductible Gift Recipient status are eligible for reduced event permit fees) attract other Council Fees such as a Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) Occupancy Permit.

Other applicable fees will be determined on assessment of application by the relevant department. 

Other fees

Waste Collection (rubbish and recycling bins and bin caps delivery and collection).

Price on application. 

Bond requirements

It is a requirement of Council that all event organisers pay a bond prior to the grant of an Event permit. The bond will be fully refundable, subject to:

  • Satisfactory compliance with all conditions listed in the event permit; and
  • Satisfactory post event inspection of the site being carried out by Council Officers within 48 hours of the nominated event.
  • Bonds will be refunded via cheque or EFT to a nominated bank account within 21 days of the date of the post event site inspection.

The bond payable for events is between $500 and $2,000 (up to $5000 for ticketed events). 

*Please note: Permit fees are subject to change on an annual basis.

For other permits and costs, see our events guide.