Major Events

 A person on a stage in front of a crowd holding a rainbow flag at an event hosted at Burnley Circus Site.

Image courtesy of Velodrome Events. 

Our Event Permits team manages more than 600 events annually including:

  • Johnston St Fiesta 
  • Victoria St Lunar Festival
  • Small local celebrations on residential streets and
  • Park-based events like fun runs, concerts and circuses. 

Major Events Expression of Interest (EOI) process

The Expression of Interest process is particularly focused on the following types of events:

  • Events requiring closures of major roads
  • Long stay or recurring events (markets and circuses)
  • Events attracting over 1,000 participants
  • Events incorporating road closures of Yarra Boulevard
  • Other types of events are also welcomed

How do I apply?

If you are interested in holding a Major Event, please follow these steps.

All events must take place under the current State Government Public Events Framework which outlines the parameters in which events can take place by placing events into different tiers based on their size and risk factors. While also defining the processes required for these events to take place.

Record keeping is Mandatory for ALL public events.

Step 1 - Apply

Email us with a preliminary proposal that includes:

  • Description of the proposed activity and site
  • Frequency (is it a one of event or will you need to use the site multiple times) 
  • Statement about your experience in running large events.

Step 2 - Assessment

The preliminary proposals are assessed by a panel.

The applicants that best meet the criteria will be issued an in-principle agreement.

Step 3 - Decision 

We'll invite successful applicants to submit a detailed proposal for consideration.

We'll contact you and let you know what is required for the detailed application.

Expressions of Interest Dates

Please note: In response to the current COVID-19 environment we will be taking 'Out of round’ applications. If you would like to make an application outside of the revised EOI dates please contact us via the details below. 

Round One 2022 MAJOR EVENT EOIs will open Saturday January 1 2022 for events between July 2022 and June 2023.

Round Two 2022 MAJOR EVENT EOIs will open Friday 1 July 2022 for events between January 2023 and December 2023.

Contact us

For any queries please contact us on 03 9205 5205 or