Public buildings for gathering and function venues

A public building is defined as a place where members of the public usually or occasionally assemble and includes public events. Public buildings are governed by the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1911 and the Health (Public Buildings) Regulations 1992

Environmental Health Officers are responsible for the approval and regular assessment of all public buildings in conjunction with relevant agencies. Public buildings are assessed on their type of use, maximum number of persons permitted at any one time, and public safety. With this in mind, an open-air concert, cinema, church and a nightclub will be subject to some of the same regulatory requirements. For more information refer to the Department of Health website.

Where public buildings are to be constructed, extended or altered they require environmental health approval and may be subject to planning approval and a building permit application.

To apply, please call an Environmental Health Officer on (08) 9311 8111 or email

Related information

Public building form 1 - Application to construct, extend or alter a public building

Public building form 5 - Certificate of electrical compliance 

Public building certificate of structure sufficiency

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