Festivals & events
We are keen to support the wide variety of community-run events that take place in the Blue Mountains each year. They are an important part of community life. Council also runs a wide range of civic...
We are keen to support the wide variety of community-run festivals and events that take place in the Blue Mountains each year. They are an important part of community life.
To make an event successful it is imperative that the event organiser ensures their event planning and management meets the necessary regulative provisions to Local and State Government.
We recommend that event organisers familiarise themselves with the NSW Government Event Starter Guide, which is a great resource and has been prepared to assist people from the community to navigate their way through some of the many issues involved in organising an event.
We require all event organisers to complete and submit a Festivals and Events Application Form for events on public land.
To use the PDF fillable forms, on PC or MAC:
Organisers of festivals or events on public land are required to submit an application for their festival or event.
This needs to include the Festival and Event Application Form, Attachment 2 (Event Site Plan), a copy of Insurance Certificate of Currency and Attachment 5 (Hold Harmless Form).
Other events may require additional forms to also be completed and submitted. All forms can be downloaded on the right, or from the bottom of this page.
Regional events, festivals and markets are promoted through the local Visitor Information Centres, Blue Mountains City Tourism and Visit NSW websites and several tourism publications/websites and other relevant outlets.
If you would like your event information to appear in any or all of these locations please complete the form - Inclusion in Calendar of Events.
The information provided will also be included in the hard copy of the Seasonal Calendar of Events that is made available to the above locations.
If you are planning a community event and would like it to be included in the What’s On section of the Blue Mountains City Tourism website please complete the form - Inclusion in Calendar of Events and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can approve the placement of banners at Glenbrook Oval fence and the intersection at Yeaman’s Bridge, Katoomba.
To book these places please fill in the banner application form.
Approval is conditional upon the banner referring to non-profit/charitable organisations, sports or community groups and community events.
Evidence of Public Liability Insurance must be supplied.
For all other bridges or overpasses please refer to the Roads and Maritime Services website.
Busking and street theatre in public places can add to the character and culture of a town. However it can also present challenges to community safety and amenity.
Busking and street theatre are permissible activities in most public places within the Blue Mountains.
In locations that busking and street theatre are permissible, no application or notification to Council is required. In these locations, when performing, buskers and street performers are to ensure that:
Where is Busking and Street Theatre not allowed?
The following locations may NOT be used for busking and street performances:
If buskers and street performers are in areas where they are not allowed to be, then they may be subject to action by authorised Council officers or the NSW Police.
If buskers and street performers cause a nuisance, offence or obstruction in locations where they are allowed, they may also be subject to action by authorised Council officers or the NSW Police.
Council does not issue any exclusive approvals for use of the public squares as they are public places that cannot be hired or closed off for any specific event. The rights of the public to use the squares must be considered at all times.
Should you intend to hold an organised gathering in Town Squares please complete the form and return to us.
You will be advised in writing if your proposed use of the Town Square is approved.
Approval to operate a street stall will be conditional upon the stall being staffed by volunteers, with applications from locally based community organisations accepted only.
For information about obtaining a Fireworks Single Use Licence (FSUL) please see the SafeWork NSW website.
Part of the eligibility criteria for a FSUL licence is that the intended use of the fireworks is only for an organised public event which has a supporting letter from the local council stating they have no objections.
Please note that SafeWork NSW will not issue a FSUL licence unless you can provide proof you have notified the police, fire brigades and local council as well as any other relevant agencies.
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