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Public Entertainment Permits

City of Greater Dandenong is committed to ensuring public safety during mass gatherings. Council, through its Municipal Building Surveyor, has a duty to enforce the requirement that occupancy permits for places of public entertainment are in place.

Please ensure you read the information below to understand the legal requirements if you are hosting public entertainment in a building or on other lands. A court penalty can apply where a person conducts entertainment without a relevant permit.

Council recognises that the legislation is not widely known and has set in place an administration program to inform and assist owners and proprietors of places of public entertainment meet their obligations via the following steps:

  • Event organisers and building owners (or their agents) need to apply to the Municipal Building Surveyor for a permit
  • Application fees will be calculated on a individual basis
  • The Municipal Building Surveyor will provide general advice and assistance to applicants

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Council.

Public entertainment occupancy permit application form (PDF - 206KB)


Public entertainment in buildings

The Building Act 1993 (Part 5, Division 2) requires that an occupancy permit for a place of public entertainment must be in existence where a meeting or entertainment is conducted in a venue over 500m2 in floor area. This requirement applies to all such buildings, regardless of age or existing permits/certificates.

City of Greater Dandenong, under its general fire safety program for existing buildings, acknowledges the importance of safe and suitable occupation within buildings used as places of public entertainment and all known places of public entertainment will be inspected for general fire safety.


Public entertainment in other places

The Building Act 1993 (Part 5, Division 2) requires that an occupancy permit for a place of public entertainment must be in existence on land:

  • Which is enclosed or substantially enclosed
  • To which admission can be gained by payment of money or the giving of other consideration, and which is used or intended to be used for the purposes of providing public entertainment