Place of Public Entertainment - POPE

 

PLACE OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (POPE) OCCUPANCY PERMIT

A Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) is defined as an area greater than 500m2 which is used for Public Entertainment and is either

  • Enclosed or substantially enclosed or
  • To which admission is gained by giving of money or other consideration.

 

REQUIREMENT FOR OCCUPANCY PERMIT

Pursuant to sections 49 and 50 of the Building Act 1993:

  • a person must not conduct a Public Entertainment in a POPE unless an Occupancy Permit (OP) has been issued for the venue. Note: conduct is defined as having a direct financial interest in the proceeds or profits generated by the event.
      
  • the owner or occupier of a POPE must not for fee or reward permit the place to be used for the purpose of providing Public Entertainment unless an OP has been issued for the venue.

EXEMPTION 

  • Community-based organisations using outdoor recreational facilities greater than 500m2 (not including temporary structures) are exempted from the requirement to obtain POPE permit, if the number of persons in the place at any one time does not exceed 5000 (Regulation 1102, Building Regulations  2006)

Note: These requirements bind the Crown, State and Federal Governments and their agencies.


When Do You Need A POPETop of document.

If  the answer to any of the questions below is YES, an application for Occupancy Permit for a Place of Public Entertainment (POPE) must be made to the Municipal Building Surveyor.

  • Is the Building or Place used or intended to be used for the purpose of Public Entertainment?  Note:Public Entertainment is defined as an Entertainment or meeting to which admission may ordinarily be gained by members of the Public.
      
  • Is the Building or Place enclosed or substantially enclosed?  Note: Enclosed or substantially enclosed is considered to be a controlled space (by fencing, structures, or natural features) that a reasonable person would see as being an exclusive area.
      
  • Does the Building or Place have an area greater than 500 m2?
      
  • Is admission to the Building or Place gained by payment of money or giving of other consideration?

ExemptionsTop of document.

Community-based organisations using outdoor recreational facilities greater than 500m2 (not including temporary structures) are exempted from the requirement to obtain POPE permit, if the number of persons in the place at any one time does not exceed 5000 (Regulation 1102, Building Regulations  2006)

If  the answer to any of the question below is YES, an application for Occupancy Permit for Prescribed Temporary Structures must be obtained from the Victorian Building Authority.

  • Does the proposal include any Prescribed Temporary Structures, such as:
    • Tents, Marquees or Booths with a floor area greater than 100 m2.
    • Seating stands for more than 20 persons.
    • Stages or platforms (including sky borders and sky wings) exceeding 150 m2 floor area.
    • Pre-fabricated buildings exceeding 100 m2 other than those placed directly on the ground surface.

NOTE:

  • Siting of any prescribed temporary structures must be approved by the Municipal Building Surveyor.
  • Erection of Prescribed Temporary Structures must be carried out by the Relevant Registered Building Practitioners.
  • Certificate of Compliance-Inspection must be issued by Relevant Building Practitioners when structures erected.
  • Certificate of Compliance-Inspection and Occupancy Certificate to be displayed on the structure.

 


Documents and FormsTop of document.

How To Apply For A Permit 

To apply for a Places of Public Entertainment Permit, you will need to download the form:

 

Make payment either:

 


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