The City recognises commercial recreation as the provision of any ongoing recreational activity or service by an organisation or individual with the intention to make a profit.
If you are looking to conduct such commercial activity you are required to apply and be approved a Commercial Recreation Permit.
The City currently offers two types of Commercial Recreation Permits:
For suitably qualified personal trainers looking to provide fitness based activities on one or more of the City’s reserve or park locations (e.g. Winthrop Park, Len Shearer Reserve, Morris Buzacott Reserve etc.).
This permit entitles the personal trainer to conduct up to 10 sessions (1 session = 2 hours) per week with a maximum of 10 people over all approved location/s.
Intended for suitably qualified commercial recreational activity businesses looking to provide water based activities (e.g. Stand Up Paddle Board, Kite Surfing etc.) on one or more of the City’s Foreshore locations (e.g. Point Walter Foreshore, Bicton Baths Foreshore and/or Melville Beach Foreshore).
This permit is only issued for the duration of the Summer Season, 1 October – 31 May.
Why do I require a permit? Can I choose which foreshore, reserve or park I want to use?
- You are using a public open space that is maintained by residential rates to conduct a commercial activity for personal gain.
- To produce financial assistance in maintaining the foreshore, reserve and/or park.
- To ensure foreshore, reserve and park use is suitably allocated across the City.
- To ensure scheduled maintenance and reticulation coincides with allocated usage.
- To ensure the appropriate qualifications, insurance, licenses and approvals are in place.
Will I have exclusive use of the approved location?
Yes, to an extent. In your application you will be asked to list your preferred location/s. However, if an option is unavailable, we will provide alternative options for you to choose from.
How many sessions can I conduct in the week?
The City cannot guarantee exclusive use for any of its public open spaces. Therefore, locations (inclusive of the parking areas) are not set aside for exclusive use by the permit holder.
How will people using the foreshore, reserve or park know that I have permission to conduct my activity?
This permit entitles the operator to conduct upto 10 sessions (1session = 2 hours) per week over all approved locations.
|Water Based Foreshore||Sessions are determined in accordance with the submitted application, current/future usage and bookings, environmental pressures and visitor/market demand.|What if there is another operator using the location without approval?
The City supplies all its approved commercial activity operators with a permit card. This card states the permit holder, approved activity, location and times.
How much will it cost?
Please take note of any details of the unauthorised user (i.e. day and time they conduct their session/s) and report this to the City as soon as possible. Your details will remain anonymous and the City will investigate the unauthorised user.
Can I pay my fee after I start my sessions?
| Personal Training|
|Permit options:|| || |
|Summer||October to May (8 months)||Pro-rata of annual fee + administration fee|
|Winter||June to September (4 months)||Pro-rata of annual fee + administration fee|
October to September (12 months)
|Anuual fee + administration fee|
All fees for the above periods are determined by our fees and charges.
|Water Based Foreshore|
The City only provides a seasonal permit for any Foreshore Commercial Recreation Activity. The season covers 1 October – 31 May (summer season).
The pro-rata fee is determined by our fees and charges.
The required permit charge is a pro-rata annual fee plus an administration fee.
Where can I find the terms and conditions?
No, all fees must be paid up front prior to commencing your approved activities.
Please note: no payment plans are available.
What documentation will I need to apply?
Each permit holds its own set of terms and conditions which the operator must familiarise, understand and agree to prior to the submission of their application.
A copy of the terms and conditions can be found on the designated page for each of our permits (Personal Training or Water Based Foreshore).
What is the application process?
- Current Senior First Aid Certificate
- Current Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance
- Current Certificate of Currency for Professional Liability Insurance
- Current Business Certificate (proof of ABN)
- Current Risk Management Plan
- Current Working with Children’s Check (only applicable if you are working with children)
|Personal Training||Current Registration with Fitness Australia|
|Water based Foreshore|
Current Registration with Peak Body (i.e. Kiteboarding Australia)
Please note: An application will not progress until all required documentation is provided.
When can I apply?
- Submit an application form and provide all required documentation (including signed terms and conditions).
- Submission undergoes internal review and assessment by required officers. Further contact between City and applicant may be required during this stage.
- If approved, applicant to be issued invoice for duration of the permit.
- Upon receival of payment, applicant will be issued confirmation of permit and permit card.
- Applicant can commence approved activities at approved locations.
These permits can be applied for all year round.
All applicants (including previous and renewing permit holders) must submit an application through the City's Online portal.
|Water based Foreshore|
Applications open early-mid August each year.
Outcome of applications will be communicated prior to commencement of the summer season, 1 October.
All applicants (including previous and renewing permit holders) must submit an application through the City's Smarty Grants portal.
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