Public event approvals

Event approval

The Shire values events that contribute to our vibrant and thriving community. The Shire's role is to ensure events comply with relevant regulations and are safe, sustainable and inclusive.  

Event organisers who are thinking of hosting an event in the Shire are encouraged to contact the Shire's Events and Permit Officer on 08 9780 5266 to discuss the proposal. 

For large events, applications should be submitted at least 3 months prior to the event. For smaller events, applications should be lodged at least 6 weeks prior to the event. 

Factsheet: Event application requirements and advice provides information on the application process and requirements.


Types of events

Public events on private property

Public events on private property will require a permit. 

These events may include:

  • fetes, fairs, circuses and community festivals
  • concerts, balls
  • markets
  • promotional activities such as product launches
  • film screenings

Events at Shire halls

If your event is being held entirely within a hall owned by the Shire you may not need to apply for an event permit. However, if alcohol is going to be sold or consumed, you will require a permit. Please complete and submit an Application for a permit to consume alcohol.

Should your event include traders or market stalls, further approvals may be required. 

Events on Shire parks, reserves and foreshores

Public events in Shire parks, reserves and on foreshores will require a permit. 

These events may include:

  • fetes, fairs, circuses and community festivals
  • concerts
  • markets
  • public rallies and marches

Events on roads and traffic management

Applicants who wish to hold events on roads must address traffic management and safety issues. In most cases, a Traffic Management Plan is required.

Water based events

Water-based events will require a permit.

These events may include:

  • surfing competitions
  • boat races
  • swimming competitions
  • organised surfing, boating or swimming events that are participatory rather than competitive

Further information

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PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


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