Amplified music venue permit (Fortitude Valley special entertainment precinct) - Queensland

Service summary

You need this permit to operate an amplified music venue within the Fortitude Valley special entertainment precinct. Venues that require a permit include:

  • a venue that has a liquor licence and plays amplified music, eg bar, pub, club and theatre restaurant.
  • a venue that does not have a Liquor Licence but where playing music is a principal element of the business, eg day club.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Amplified music venue
  1. premises that are relevant licensed premises under section 956G(6) of the Local Government Act 1993, to which section 112B(1)(a) of the Liquor Act 1992 applies; or
  2. if (a) does not apply, premises for which playing amplified music is a principal element of a core business conducted at the premises; and
  3. which are situated in a core area of a Special entertainment precinct.
Special entertainment precinct

as defined in the Brisbane City Plan 2000 (Councils planning scheme).

Eligibility requirements

You need to check that you have:

  • appropriate development permit for use of your venue,
  • a Liquor Licence, if required, from the State Government,
  • an Entertainment Venues and Events Permit, if required, from council,
  • any other State or Local Government approvals required.

Before lodging your application you will need to prepare some additional documents that are required to be submitted with your application:

Plans (maximum A3 size):

  • do not need to be to scale but must be legible and show the dimensions of the rooms,
  • must show the location of any sound amplification equipment e.g. Speakers, mixing desk,
  • must show the direction the speaker emit sound,
  • must indicate the location of windows and doors if they will be open or closed during the times amplified music will be played.

Written consent of the land use from the land owner if the applicant is not the registered land owner.

If you or anyone that manages the venue or keeps the venue open to the public has had a permit refused, suspended or cancelled or been found guilty of an offence under the Local Law (Amplified Music Venue) 2006 or corresponding law in Queensland or other States and Territories, you must provide details of the incident.

If the venue is a licensed premises under the Liquor Act 1992, a copy of the licence and conditions.

If the venue has a current Amplified Music Venue permit, a copy of the permit and conditions.


This permit will be valid for 12 months from the date of issue or renewal.


Contact council to determine applicable fees.


You can obtain this permit by completing an 'Amplified Music Venue Permit' application and preparing all the associated documents. The completed application form and supporting documents then need to be lodged with the Brisbane City Council at any of the Business Centres. If you require further information on how to obtain this permit you should contact the Council.

Council may approve an amplified music venue subject to conditions. Conditions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • set interval levels of noise from amplified music played at the venue
  • identify features of the internal layout and design of the venue e.g. windows to be kept closed during times that amplified music is played
  • require a sound limiting device be installed
  • require noise monitoring be undertaken and results recorded
  • provide the noise monitoring results to Council
  • require the development and implementation of a noise management plan.

Transfer details

This permit cannot be transferred.

Additional information

The aims of the Valley Music Harmony Plan which was created in 2004 are to:

  • manage the impacts of music noise upon residents and businesses in an integrated way, without compromising the viability of the music-based entertainment industry in the Valley or the vibrancy of the Valley.
  • promote and enhance the Valley as a valuable incubator for the development of original live music of all types and styles.

The local law (Amplified Music Venues) 2006 was created in accordance with the aims of the Valley Music Harmony Plan to regulate noise from amplified music in core areas of special entertainment precincts of the city.

For further information regarding the Valley Music Harmony Plan, special entertainment precinct or other similar topics please contact Brisbane City Council or visit the website.

Administering agency

Brisbane City Council

Contact details

Brisbane City Council

Operating address:
Library & Customer Centre, 266 George Street
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 1434
Queensland 4001


07 3403 8888


07 3403 9982

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