Festivals and public outdoor events are important to community life. You can start and run festivals of all different sizes, budgets and audience.
If you’re thinking about running a festival or an outdoor event in NSW, you should start planning at least 12 months out from your intended start date as there are many elements involved in creating a safe and enjoyable experience.
You should consider the:
- target audience
- total cost and budget
- communication channels
- permits and licences needed
- resources like volunteers and security
- competition from other events
- return on investment
- impact on the economy
- food and drink
- disability access
Depending on the elements of your festival, you may need to notify or gain approval from the following agencies and organisations:
- the local council at your festival location
- Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority
- NSW Health
- NSW Ambulance
- NSW Police
- SafeWork NSW
- NSW Fire & Rescue.
For more information on organising and starting a festival, including timelines, checklists and notifying the NSW government of your plans, visit Event starter guide.
Last updated: 22 November 2022