Events and markets information

The following information will help you find out about applying for an event or market in Logan City.

We support community and entertainment events as part of our vibrant and diverse community. Your event may need a licence under Local Law No.9 (Licensing). Complying with the local law will make sure the event or market maintains high standards of public health and safety.

Do I need approval for a market or event?

Before holding any event you need to make sure that:

  • you have the consent of the land owner (which may be Council)
  • the land or location has the correct approval under the Planning Scheme
  • if required, you hold a license under our Local laws.

For more information about event and market approval, please visit the Local Government Toolbox.

Do I need a licence for my market or event?

A market or event will either:

  • Require a licence under our Local Laws. This means an application will need to be lodged before the event. The application may result in a licence approval to operate the market or event under certain conditions, or
  • Require notification of the market or event. This means a licence may not be required. You will need to notify us about these events before the event occurs.

You may not need a licence if your event is:

  • a temporary event that occurs less than 14 days in a calendar year
  • subject to a lease agreement or a tenancy agreement with Logan City Council, or
  • expected to attract an attendance of less than 2000 people for the duration of the event (Duration is the entire time of the event not each day that the event is held. (e.g. for weekly markets this would be the estimated attendance over 52 weeks in the year)

To help you find out if you need an Event or Market licence, please see the table below:

Exempt from needing a licence

Needs a licence

Circus, less than 2000 people attending

Circus, more than 2000 people attending

School fete, less than 2000 people attending

School fete, more than 2000 people attending

Market temporary, less than 2000 people attending

Market temporary, more than 2000 people attending

Market on private land, less than 2000 people

Market on private land, more than 2000 people

Market on Council land with a Council lease or tenancy agreement

Market on Council land without a Council lease or tenancy agreement

Church or charity fete / flea market, less than 2000 people attending

Church or charity fete / flea market, more than 2000 people attending

Event, live music, private land, more than 2000 people, licensed to sell alcohol for the whole area

Event, live music, private land, more than 2000 people, licensed to sell alcohol for part of the  area only

Event, live music, private land, less than 2000 people, licensed to sell alcohol for part of the  area only

 

Please note:

  • An exempt event still needs to be operated to meet high health and safety standards. The event needs to meet the criteria outlined in Subordinate Local Law 9.8 (Events) 1999 Section 5. The event location will need to be in line with the Planning Scheme and have the consent of the land owner (which could be Council).
  • The requirement to apply for and obtain a licence under a Local Law for School fetes does not apply to schools operated by the Queensland State government.

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

  • a completed application form (including the application fee), please download our Application for local law licence / amendment (PDF 61 KB).
  • a site plan showing stage, toilets, bins, equipment, stalls and any other relevant information
  • details of the market or event, date, times and any event or market management plans
  • evidence of current public liability insurance to a minimum value of $20,000,000, if the market or event is on Council land the policy will need to identify Council as an interested party.

You can submit your application in person at our customer service centres, by post or email. Please see connect with us for our contact information.

For more information, please call us on 07 3412 3412.

Are other Council approvals needed?

Planning approval

Before submitting your application you should make sure that the site has the correct land use for the proposed event and if any Development Approval is needed, This is not normally needed for one off events. For more information, please call us on 07 3412 5269.

Road closures

If the market or event interferes with traffic operations or closure of any part of a Council road (including footpath area) you will need to apply for a temporary road closure.  You will need to submit this application seven days before the event. For more information, please see Road permits or call us on 07 3412 5282.

Advertising signs

If you want to erect an advertising sign, please see Local law licensing for business or call us on 07 3412 3412 for more information.

Food licensing

If you want to sell food at the event you may need a food licence. For more information, please see Food business licensing or call us on 07 3412 3412.

Are State Government approvals needed?

Roads

If the proposed event or market is on a State-controlled road, the written permission of the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) must be obtained for any road closures or traffic control. Final approval from Queensland Police may also be required.  For more information, please visit DTMR.

Fireworks

If you want to use special effects like pyrotechnic explosions or fireworks, approval is required from the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME). To find more information, please visit DNRME.

Alcohol

If you want to sell alcohol on the premises, please visit the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Queensland website for more information.

Temporary Structures

You may need to get a building approval or engineering certification for any temporary fixtures e.g. stage, shade awnings, grandstand seating, tents or temporary tents that have a plan area more than 100m2 but less than 500m2, For more information, please refer to the Queensland Development Code MP 3.2 - TENTS.

Evacuation Plans

If evacuation plans are required you will need to have them endorsed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES). For more information about evacuation plans, please visit QFES.

Rides

Certification for any amusement rides is required from the Department of Workplace Health and Safety Qld. Please visit Workplace Health and Safety Qld.

Generators

Electrical certifications are required for any enhanced power supply like a generator.  Please visit Workplace Health and Safety Qld.

Emergency Services

You need to advise the Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services of your event.