Events in Public Spaces Policy

Council’s Events in Public Spaces Policy aims to strike a balance between enabling events to occur and our residents’ right to the quiet enjoyment of public spaces.

As one of the smallest municipalities in Victoria, Yarra’s open spaces are in high demand. Council manages more than 600 events annually including large scale street based events such as the Johnston St Fiesta and Victoria St Lunar Festival, small local celebrations on residential streets and park based events like fun runs, concerts and circuses.

The demand for outdoor spaces to function as temporary venues for commercial and community activities is increasing, and this trend is mirrored across wider Melbourne. Alongside this, a growing population has led to increased pressure on parks and reserves for quiet enjoyment. As a result, there are increased expectations from the community for events to be more professionally organised to ensure public safety and to protect local amenity.

These factors have created the need for an Events in Public Spaces Policy to be established. Guided by the key priorities of ensuring Yarra remains a vibrant and diverse location for community events while simultaneously ensuring events don’t unduly impact residential amenity, the Policy provides a clear framework under which event proposals will be considered and how these events will be managed.

Council has now established:

  • A single point of contact for event enquiries, applications and planning responses
  • A public register of open spaces available for events
  • Transparent criteria for processing requests
  • An expression of interest process for major events, and
  • An events in public places fee structure, tailored to the event type

Please click here to download the Events in Public Spaces Policy.

For more information read the Events in Public Spaces Policy or contact the Events Permits team to discuss your proposed event on 9205 5205 or