Public event guidelines

The area where the event is being held (indoor or out), will be deemed a ‘public building’ during your event under the Health Act 1911 and the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992. It is important that the organisers ensure that relevant guidelines are followed and approvals are obtained. The City categorises events based on risk, Low (Category A), Medium (Category B) and High (Category C).

Category A
Attendance  <100
Characteristics of event  No grants required to run event
No infrastructure 
No selling of food
Promotion only to residents surrounding the venue
Example of event  Neighbourhood event 
City of Cockburn department
involved in event 
Recreation Services 
Waste Services 
Time frame for approvals  Make contact at least 15 business days before the event 
Forms required to be completed Casual Venue Hire Application Form - to book a City of Cockburn community centre OR 
Parks Usage Notification Form - if using a City of Cockburn park or reserve.
Time frame for approvals  15 business days 

Category B



Characteristics of event

May need funding to run event
Minor infrastructure (i.e small marquee)
Selling of food
Promotion to one interest group or one to two suburbs 

Example of event

Christmas carols
Fundraising event
School Fair
Outdoor movie night
Sport Carnival 

City of Cockburn involment in event 

Recreation Services 
Environmental Health Services
Waste Services

Time frame for approvals 

Submit forms at least two months prior to event 

Forms required to be completed 

Application to sell food from a temporary permises (two weeks prior)
Casual Venue Hire Application Form  - to book a City of Cockburn community centre  
Public Building Event Application Form (two months prior) 

Category C



Characteristics of event 

Grant required to run event
Promotion to the entire City
Temporary road closures 
Major infrastructure required (i.e. stage, PA system, large marquee)
Selling of food 

City of Cockburn departments involved in event 

Recreation Services
Grants and Research 
Environmental Health Services 
Waste Services 

Time frame for approvals

Make initial contact at least six months prior to event 

Forms required to be completed

Application to sell food from Temporary Premises (two weeks prior)
Public Building Event Application Form (three months prior) 
Road Closure Application through the WA Police website



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