Community Use of School Facilities - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to access the facilities of schools (e.g. you may intend to access the school playing field for a sporting event, operate a market or occupying existing rooms at a school on a non-exclusive basis to conduct out of hours school care). You will also need to contact the school directly to discuss possible use of their facilities.

Use of facilities may be granted through:

  • lease
  • licence
  • other agreement (including a joint use licence agreement).
Please be aware that schools facilities will only be made available for commercial purposes where there is an absence of existing private providers offering an appropriate standard of facilities within the community. Contact the school you intend to engage with to discuss possible arrangements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Conditions will vary depending on the duration, frequency and type of activity you will be doing. The grant of a lease or licence may involve a tender process and is at the discretion of the agency.

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Description
Apply Application

Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Act(s) name

Education Act 1990 NSW

Application process


Contact the relevant school directly to discuss possible usage of their facilities.

Additional information

You may also need to lodge a separate application to the local council if the activity involves uses which are not normally permitted in council's planning instrument (e.g. commercial uses such as a Sunday market or public car park).

Administering agency

Department of Education

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries, Head Office Switchboard

Department of Education

Operating address: 35 Bridge Street
New South Wales
Mailing address: GPO BOX 33
Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Phone: 1300 679 332
Phone: 02 9561 8000