Nambour Special Entertainment Precinct
  • Last updated:
  • 22 Oct 2020

Nambour Special Entertainment Precinct (SEP) is only the second precinct of its kind in Queensland. Council endorsed the precinct for inclusion in the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 in early 2020.

The Nambour SEP ensures the long-term future of the music-based entertainment industry on the Sunshine Coast. It allows venues greater certainty about where they can operate and the relevant noise levels. It also protects residential development from unreasonable levels of amplified music noise. See the below map of the precinct area.

Nambour Special Entertainment Precinct area map

Do I need planning approval for my venue?

The Nambour SEP is in the Major Centre Zone of the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014. The Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 details assessment requirements for different development types in the Major Centre Zone.

See Part 5 - Tables of Assessment Table 5.5.6.

Some forms of development within the Major Centre Zone are ‘accepted development’. This means you do not need planning approval when you meet all planning scheme requirements.

First, you should determine which defined uses are relevant to your development proposal. Each defined use also has an approved definition. Use these to identify requirements that apply to your development proposal. For entertainment venues you should also refer to noise criteria as part of your application.

Renovating my space

If you’re planning on renovating a space for your venue or business, you may need approval for building and plumbing work. You should also consider:

Getting advice

Council is committed to supporting local businesses to flourish. We offer advice, support programs, helpful resources and tips for businesses. Research and planning before you begin operating will help you make the best decisions for your business. 

Council offers a range of free and paid development advice services. You can also use the fees estimate calculator to get an idea of fees for your proposed development.

By seeking advice in the early stages of a proposal, you can ensure you address all identified development issues. This can improve the quality of your application. It can also streamline assessment time frames and reduce costs.

We recommend you contact development services to confirm which service best fits your proposal.