Entertainment venues (Sunshine Coast) - Queensland

Service summary

Approval for entertainment venues is required under council's planning scheme. The following entertainment venues require approval from council:

There is no local law licensing requirements for entertainment venues in the Caloundra and Maroochy areas, however a development approval may be required.

  • Caloundra area - all venues proposing to provide indoor entertainment require development approval under Councils Caloundra City Plan 2004. This use requires a Material Change of Use Code or Impact Assessment depending on the precinct on which the proposed venue is located refer to Caloundra City Plan 2004. You can also access Councils PD Online for more information.
  • Maroochy area Any place that is open to the public for entertainment, including recreation or amusement, regardless of whether or not a fee is charged for admission is managed through the former Maroochy Shire Council Planning Scheme.

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.

Eligibility requirements

Prior to submitting your application you should ensure the site has relevant development approval to prevent the application being delayed. Council has development approval information available online.

Council will contact you should additional information be required to process your application. You will be notified when a decision has been made regarding your application.

Council will inspect the venue on a regular basis.


You should contact Council to determine applicable fees.


To apply for an entertainment venue approval, you will need to submit a completed application to council. Applications for Entertainment Venue Permits must be submitted in writing to the council.

The letter should include:

  • the location
  • the date and time
  • the number of people
  • use of resources (marquees, chairs etc) and
  • reason for the event.

Application forms are available from council.

Additional information

Council licenses entertainment venues to:

  • ensure that entertainment venues comply with appropriate standards of health and safety
  • protect the amenity of areas in which entertainment venues are situated
  • regulate the use of public entertainment venues, as well as the activities conducted there

The following activities are business activities:

  • fairs
  • fetes
  • fun days
  • drive ins
  • markets
  • clubs
  • museums
  • circuses.

Administering agency

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Local law(s) name

Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Local Law 1 (Administration) 2011

Contact details

Caloundra office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
1 Omrah Avenue
Caloundra, Queensland 4551

Maroochydore Office, Service centre only
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
10 First Avenue
Maroochydore, Queensland 4558

Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Mailing address:
Locked Mail Bag 72
Sunshine Coast MC
Queensland 4560


07 5475 7272


07 5475 7277

Nambour Office, Service centre and administration building
Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Operating address:
Cnr Currie and Bury Streets
Nambour Queensland 4560

Supporting information


The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

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