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


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.


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


Contact council to determine applicable fees.

Local law(s) name

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

Application process

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?


You cannot transfer this licence.

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

Contact details

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

Cairns Regional Council

Operating address: 119 - 145 Spence Street
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Mailing address: PO BOX 359
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Phone: 07 4044 3044
Fax: 07 4044 3022