Places of Public Amusement or Resort (Gold Coast) - Queensland


You need this licence to establish or operate an entertainment venue. An entertainment venue includes a building, room, garden or other place that is open to the public for entertainment. It does not include a shop or licensed premises.

You need to check that zoning is appropriate prior to submitting your licence application.

Service type


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


Contact council to determine applicable fees.

Local law(s) name

Gold Coast City Council - Local Law 40 (Places of Public Amusement or Public Resort)

Application process

You can obtain this licence by completing an Entertainment venue licence application and submitting it to council.

Council may approve a place of public amusement subject to conditions. You may have to:

  • alter the design or layout of the venue
  • restrict the venues operating hours
  • provide specified equipment and measures for public safety
  • provide specified equipment, or take specified measures, to reduce adverse effects of venue activities on the surrounding neighbourhood.

You should contact council for further information on additional requirements.

Transfer process

This licence cannot be transferred.

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

City of Gold Coast

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

City of Gold Coast

Operating address: 135 Bundall Road
Queensland 4217
Mailing address: PO Box 5042
Gold Coast Mail Centre
Queensland 9729
Phone: 1300 694 222
Phone: 07 5582 8211
Fax: 07 5596 3653
Website: City of Gold Coast (Opens in new window)