Approval to Operate a Public Entertainment Venue/Temporary Event (Cairns) - Queensland

Service summary

You need this licence to establish or operate an entertainment event. Entertainment includes recreation and amusement.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Outdoor concert venue

means a place open to the public with the facility for amplified music to be played outdoors.

Public entertainment venue

means a place that is open to the public for entertainment whether or not payment is required for admission, whether or not the management reserves the right to exclude individual members of the public but does not include a shop.

The term includes:

  • outdoor concert venue
  • cinema; theatre
  • concert hall
  • billiard hall
  • electronic games centre
  • indoor sports centre (including bowling alleys)
  • art gallery
  • museum
  • bazaar or fairground
  • circus
  • venue used for a festival, street parade or outdoor sporting event
  • premises where any display or exhibition is conducted.


You cannot transfer this licence.


Council determines the length of time this licence remains in effect.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


Contact council for more information on the current application process and relevant form.

In reviewing your application, council will consider the following factors:

  • Does the public entertainment venue contain a sufficient number of sanitary conveniences for both sexes?
  • Can refuse generated during operation of the venue be adequately collected and disposed of?
  • Do the premises comply with the relevant environmental, health and safety standards required by law?
  • Does the intended use of the public entertainment venue comply with Council's Planning Scheme?

Additional information

Councils licence entertainment events to:

  • ensure that the entertainment event complies with appropriate standards of health and safety
  • protect the amenity of areas in which the entertainment event is situated
  • regulate the use of entertainment venues, as well as the activities conducted there.

The following activities are business activities:

  • fairs
  • fetes
  • fun days
  • markets
  • clubs
  • circuses.

Administering agency

Cairns Regional Council

Local law(s) name

Cairns Regional Council - Subordinate Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Contact details

Cairns Regional Council

Operating address:
119 - 145 Spence Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Mailing address:
PO BOX 359
Cairns, Queensland 4870


07 4044 3044


07 4044 3022

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