Commercial public event permit - Queensland

Service summary

A commercial public event permit gives you authority to cater for public events away from your licensed premises.

To cater for a public event (e.g. festival, public ball, race meeting, rock concert), you will need a commercial public event permit for each event.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


If you have a catering away endorsement, you may cater for private events or functions (e.g. boardroom lunch, 21st birthday) without requiring further permission from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR).

Definition of terms

Private event

Private event means an event or occasion, held at premises other than main premises, if:

  1. the event or occasion is not publicly advertised or is not open to the public or casual attendance; or
  2. attendance at the event or occasion is restricted  by personal invitation of the function's host; or
  3. admission to the event or occasion does not involve paying a fee for
    1. admission; or
    2. entertainment or services provided at the event or occasion.

Public event, in relation to a licensee, means an event or occasion held at premises other than the licensees main premises, which is not a private event.

Eligibility requirements

Must Have

You must hold a commercial hotel licence, nightclub licence or commercial other licence, only in the subcategories of subsidiary on-premises or subsidiary off-premises, and have a catering away endorsement on your licence.


Commercial public event permit (one-off) - for one-off events for the times on the day or days stated on the permit.

Commercial public event permit (regular) - as described by the licence.


All fees are indexed annually. Annual fees are payable by 31 July each year.

The OLGR credit card payment authority form can be used for credit card payments of all OLGR fees.

OLGR will not accept credit card details by fax or email, including PDF attachments. If an email is received with credit card details, it will be deleted immediately and your form will not be processed. This is in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.


Application for commercial public event permit (one-off public event). $671.10 for the first day, $67.70 for each additional day.


Application for commercial public event permit (regular)


Application for catering endorsement on licence.


To apply for a new permit you must submit the following to the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR):

  • Form 13: Application for commercial public one-off event permit or
  • Form 14: Application for commercial public event permit (regular)
  • Form 18: Application for catering endorsement on licence (if you do not have a catering away endorsement on your licence)
  • event management plan
  • prescribed application fee/s
  • layout plan (scale 1:100).

Applications must be lodged at least 28 days prior to the event, however, event organisers are strongly encouraged to submit their applications to OLGR as early as possible to ensure there is sufficient time for negotiation of suitable trading conditions for their event.

The security requirements for your permit are determined on a case-by-case basis. For further information, please contact OLGR.

If your application is approved, a copy of the permit will be emailed or faxed to you. You must prominently display the permit and conditions for the duration of the event or function. How and where you display the permit is at your discretion, provided it is prominent.

Transfer details

This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

Event management plan

You must provide an event management plan for the event, showing consultation with police and local government (where appropriate). The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR) must be satisfied that:

  • the event will not unduly disturb local residents
  • you will comply with the principal activity of the licence
  • the event will not create an unsafe or unhealthy environment for patrons or employees
  • the area to which the commercial public event permit relates is properly defined.

If the required management plan is not submitted or is not acceptable to OLGR, the application may be refused.

Compliance for licensees

All licensees under the Liquor Act 1992 must comply with the conditions of their respective licences.
Read more about compliance for liquor licensees.

Liquor guidelines

A range of liquor guidelines have been developed to help new licensees with the application process and their compliance obligations, including:

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Division

Act(s) name

Liquor Act 1992 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Liquor Regulation 2002 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Licensing Division

Operating address:
63 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
Locked Bag 180
City East, Queensland 4002


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3872 0998

Supporting information


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