Entertainment venue approval - Ipswich City Council - Queensland


You will need this approval to establish or operate an entertainment venue. An entertainment venue is a building, room, garden or other place that is open to the public and used for entertainment.

Your council regulates the establishment of 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.

Examples of entertainment venues include:

  • ten-pin bowling centres
  • sporting clubs
  • cinemas
  • gymnasiums
  • fitness centres
  • museums
  • zoos
  • music or performance venues
  • amusement arcades
  • water parks.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You may require development approval if you are conducting the following activities:

  • starting an entertainment venue
  • changing the type of activity (e.g. from office to gymnasium)
  • re-establishing an entertainment venue that has been abandoned
  • changing the intensity of the activity (e.g. increasing the operation from 12 hours to 24 hours a day)
  • changing the scale of the activity (e.g. expanding a market into the car park)
  • carrying out building work (e.g. replacing a stage)
  • carrying out plumbing or drainage work.

You should ensure your zoning is appropriate prior to applying for this approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $705.00

Design assessment and initial licence. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $860.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Local Government Act 2009 Queensland

Application process


You may be required to submit plans with your entertainment venue application. The plans should include:

  • a plan showing all rooms, exits, sanitary facilities, water supply, location of security lighting, location of potential noise sources, and food preparation areas (if applicable)
  • a site plan showing the location of premises regarding other premises.

Administering agency

Ipswich City Council

Contact details

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