Planning an Event

Booking space in the Beardy Street Central and East Mall

Community events, rallies, musical/dancing events, busking, food stalls, charity fund raising and promotions can be held in the central and east sections of Beardy Street Mall.

Approvals to use the space are required, and specific areas are designated for set purposes. Special conditions may also apply. Public liability insurance is required for all bookings.

Book early to ensure your event or activity is available on your preferred date. Please contact Customer Service on 1300 136 833 to discuss your event.

Mall booking form

The Mall booking form contains information about the following:

  • Fees and charges
  • Insurance requirements
  • s.68 approvals – s.68 approvals are approvals required under the Local Government Act 1993 for certain activities
  • Notice of intention to hold a public assembly form

For bookings and fees please call the Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 136 833. Customer service is responsible for co-ordinating the mall booking calendar and can advise whether the particular activity is able to be conducted on the intended date.


  • Buskers intending to busk in the mall need to make an application to use the public mall area, and are required to locate their operation to specific areas. Approval for busking is applied for on an annual basis.
  • Busking without an amplifying device requires a booking.
  • Busking with the use of an amplified device requires a booking and a s.68 approval.
  • Busking without an amplifying device is permitted in other locations in Armidale without requiring an application.

Musical performances

  • Musical performances are usually held on the stage area outside the Post Office.
  • Musical performances without an amplifying device requires a booking.
  • Musical performances with the use of an amplified device requires a booking and a s.68 approval.

Street stalls for ticket selling/public collections/ fund raising activity/appeal, or for government or other display

  • Charitable and non-profit organisations selling packaged food, conducting stalls or selling raffle tickets and the like on a footpath.
  • Sale of food requires a booking and a s.68 approval.

Private function

Group activities, celebrations require a booking and may require a s.68 approval.

Use of electricity

If you require electricity to conduct your activity this must be approved, and power cords must be placed safely in specific areas. See Mall booking form for further information.

Use of a microphone

Microphones are available for hire. See Mall booking form for further information.


A person seeking to carry out spruiking on a footpath, including the Beardy Street Mall, is to notify Council in writing of their proposal. This activity requires Council approval.

Note: Armidale Regional Council officers are responsible for monitoring busking and enforcing regulations.


Application Form s68 (Parts D, E & F) Approval 2017-2018 (PDF 444KB)

Application for use of Council Facilities 2017-2018 (PDF 385.6KB)