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Commercial Use of Council Land Policy

COVID-19 Update

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Commercial events and activities may now be held Council land subject to the Victorian Government COVIDSafe Settings

Commercial Events open to the public will be subject to the Victorian Government Public Events Framework. The Framework defines a public event and sets specific directions under a Tiered system determined by expected daily attendance and risk factors. 

While restrictions remain in place for metropolitan Melbourne, it will be the responsibility of the event organiser to ensure attendees abide by the current Victorian Government directions.


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