Rural functions and weddings

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Our planning controls to regulate rural functions and weddings came into effect on 7 August 2020.  We thank our community for their engagement, feedback and interest in the process of developing the controls, since 2018.

The controls will help to provide a level of certainty for the events industry while protecting the rural amenity of neighbourhoods.

Development application process

A development application will need to be submitted to permit a function centre on land regularly used for functions within the RU2 Rural Landscape Zone.

Development cannot be for the purpose of a:

  • convention centre
  • exhibition centre
  • music festival.

Approvals are not required for ‘one-off’ private events. 

Consent may be granted subject to a number of provisions and considerations including:

  • No more than 20 events can be held at the function centre in any 12 month period.
  • No more than 150 guests are permitted to attend any event.
  • No more than 1 event can be held at the function centre on any one weekend.
  • Events will not result in disturbance of neighbours or negative impacts on the rural amenity.
  • Consent can only be given for a maximum of 3 years (after which a new application will be required).

Find out more about the planning controls