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Commercial Use of Council Land Policy

Important COVID-19 Update

Under the current step on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap: metropolitan Melbourne, some social gathering events and activities are now able to resume and Council land may be used for these purposes.

Events and activities are limited to those approved and must be facilitated in accordance with the associated directions such as gathering limits. Please note under the current step, events where people are likely to congregate (such as sporting events, festivals, shows) are not allowed.

Applications for future events that are not currently allowed, will be accepted and placed on hold. Processing will commence when restrictions are eased to a level that accommodates the number of attendees and type of event detailed in the application.

While it remains compulsory for Victorian Businesses to have a COVID Safe plan, all commercial event operators will be required to present a copy of their plan as part of the application process. Guidance on developing a plan and templates can be found on the Business Victoria website.


Council’s Commercial Use of Public Land Policy was adopted in 2018 to provide a framework for Council's consideration of proposals for commercial activities on beaches, parks and other Council-owned or controlled land, and to provide for the appropriate regulation of these activities.

Council's aim is balance the promotion of innovation, business and the entrepreneurial spirit of our community, with ensuring that requests received for use of land are appropriate. 

Kingston is committed to the principle that public land is for the benefit of the community. We recognise that some commercial activities are best suited on public land, however any use of public land should minimise disruption to the everyday user. Where these uses have a community benefit, Council may consider granting approval.

This policy does not apply to Council-owned or controlled buildings, as Council has a Leasing Policy that applies to building, and does not apply to Council-organised events. Nothing in this policy - or permits or licences issued under it - shall contravene any planning instrument, common law or Council’s local laws.

Holding a Commercial Event on Council land

Applications for Commercial Use of Public Land can be made online via the Commercial Event Notification form. Please note, only events with a capacity up to 20 persons are being processed at this time. 

Enquiries relating to the Commercial Use of Council Land should be directed to the Property Services Department at