All events held along the Great Ocean Road require a permit. This is to ensure that as land managers, we can accommodate rubbish bin and amenity needs and ensure events along each section of the coast do not clash.
Each year, a range of groups and organisations conduct several small to large-scale community and commercial events along the coast.
These events include:
- Art/Comedy performances
- Beach volleyball
- Community sporting events
- Cycling and on-road events
- Running events
- Life-saving events
- Outdoor concerts
- Product promotions and launches
- Sailing events
- Surfing contests, and triathlons
- Large social gatherings
Any event that charges admission or competitor entry fee is deemed a commercial event. Our event fees are based on a combination of size, site impact and duration. See our Commercial Event Tariffs for more information.
Events for not-for-profits, community groups (such as local volunteer and sporting groups), charities and local schools with an attendance of less than 50 people do not require a permit.
Community events with 50 or more people, or any event utilising a structure, such as marquees or seating, require a permit. After your event plan is assessed by our team it will incur an administrative fee, plus a recovery fee for any additional costs incurred, such as waste collection.
Cost recovery will be established on a case-by-case basis and considers the following:
- Event footprint
- Environmental impact
- Additional cleaning requirements to amenities
- Power and water requirements
- Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority staff labour
- Traffic impacts.
If the event you are planning requires a permit, please submit the Event Application Form by clicking the below link.
Please note that we require up to 14 days to process applications.