We regulate amplified music venues within the Southport Special Entertainment Precinct to protect indoor residential amenity while supporting a live music hub.
You need a licence from us to operate an amplified music venue if:
- You are within a core area of the Southport Special Entertainment Precinct.
- Amplified music is a key element of your business
- Emissions of amplified music exceed LCeq 65dB
Core areas are identified in section 1.6(6) of the City Plan.
For temporary or outdoor events within the Southport Special Entertainment Precinct visit Deliver an event on the Gold Coast
Licences are valid until 31 August each year and are renewed annually. There are no fees for a new licence or for licence renewal. For more information visit Permits & licensing renewals
Taking over an existing business
Current amplified music venue licences can be transferred to a new operator.
Complying with regulations
You and your staff are responsible for complying with all requirements of the relevant legislation. Refer to Related information for a full copy of the relevant local laws.
How to apply
Choose from one of the options below to apply for an amplified music venue licence.
We recommend you contact us on 07 5582 8708 for advice on whether you will need development approval from us. Make sure your site has the appropriate approval before submitting your application.
Depending on the type, size and intended use of any permanent buildings and structures, building approval and certification from a building certifier may also be required.
For more information, contact our Environmental Health team on 07 5667 5988.
Live music enquiries
For live music enquiries, contact the Music Industry Development Officer via the webform.
Live music industry toolkit
The live music industry toolkit is a one-stop-shop for all things related to touring music to and in our city.