Application for Weddings, Ceremonies and Events
The Sunshine Coast has many outdoor venues where you can hold an event, wedding or ceremony.
If you are planning an event for the Sunshine Coast region, please first contact council 's customer service centre before you complete the event application form. This applies to both new and recurring events.
Council staff will check if the location is free, and make a tentative booking for you.
For some venues, you can check availability online in the Facilities and Recreation Directory.
If you wish to hold an event in a park, on a beach or road, you will need a permit from council.
You must complete the application in full and submit it to council at least six weeks before the event. For major events, you should make the application at least four months before the event. You should submit your application before advertising your event. For help completing the application form and planning your event, please refer to the information pack.
All fees for holding an event are in accordance with council's fees and charges and are listed on the application form.
Weddings and ceremonies
The Sunshine Coast has many attractive parks and beaches for weddings or other formal ceremonies. However, you will need approval from council to do so. If you wish to use a beach for your ceremony, it must take place outside the flagged bathing area that is setup on the day.
Complete an application form.
If you fill in the form correctly (complete all the required fields), you should receive a receipt and approval letter within ten (10) working days. If there is another booking or event which conflicts with your application, council will contact you by telephone to discuss.
Please note that your booking is only confirmed once you have received an approval letter from council.
You will need to pay a booking fee of $155.00 (GST free). You can pay the fee by cash, cheque or credit card. The fee will not be refunded if you cancel your booking.
You can submit your form with payment details by email (scanned form attached), fax, post, or in person at one of council's customer service centres. See application form for application lodgement and payment details.
More details about holding events, weddings and ceremonies on council land, including relevant policies, are available on the Toolbox website .
Things to consider
- How important is it that you have control of the area chosen? Other people may be in the area picnicking, playing or walking dogs. There may also be another ceremony both before and/or after your booking.
- Can the official party and all your guests get to the area safely?
- Do you have elderly or mobility impaired guests?
- Is the area easily accessible for delivering equipment and setup? Vehicle access is not permitted into park or beach areas. Vehicles must be parked in designated car parking spaces.
- Do you have a wet weather alternative?
Your booking will ensure that there are no other bookings for the same time and in the same location. However, the approval does not guarantee exclusive use of the area and its facilities.
Council keeps its parks and gardens tidy on a routine maintenance program. Council does not provide special mowing or servicing of the area. Council cannot control leaf or other debris from people using the area before your ceremony.
Some areas are more exposed to the elements than others, for example, late afternoon winds along the coastal strip. The available space and ambiance of beaches is also affected by high or low tides. Council recommends you check the local tide times.
View this information in the Wedding and Ceremonies fact sheet [PDF 616KB].
Finding a venue
See popular locations for weddings, ceremonies and events.