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Know your venue's patron capacity

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Watch out for patron numbers in your venue this summer. If you exceed your limits, you can face serious penalties and fines.

Over the busy summer period, Victoria comes alive with events, celebrations and festivals that are attended by thousands of locals and visitors alike. However, an increase in entertainment, major events and tourism, also means an increase in crowds and a heightened risk of venues exceeding their maximum patron capacities.

Licensed premises are usually permitted to have a maximum amount of patrons on the premises at any one time. This is to prevent overcrowding inside the venue and to minimise the risk to patron safety, reduce fire hazards and impacts on local amenity. 

Breaching of this licence condition can not only put patrons at risk, it can also mean costly and serious penalties for the licensee. 

The VCGLR recently took enforcement action against a venue due to overcrowding and the risk it created for patrons, staff and the local community. The licensee was ordered to pay a fine of $3000 plus statutory costs, without conviction. Enforcement action by the VCGLR and prosecutions results for non-compliance can be located on the prosecutions page of our website.     

How does the VCGLR determine maximum capacity?

Maximum patron capacity will be determined for new licence applications either a current planning or occupancy permit, or a report from a registered building surveyor.  

Patron capacity determinations may vary between licence categories as well as specific areas of the premises. For example, if a premises has a balcony area it may have a certain patron capacity as well as the premises overall capacity.

The maximum patron capacity is usually displayed in the conditions on your licence.
   
More information
To learn more about your obligations and to keep compliant download the Maximum patron capacity fact sheet (PDF, 278.45 KB).

Read more about the VCGLR or subscribe to the VCGLR News for the latest information, including legislative updates and industry obligations.
 

Article last modified 
15 November 2018