1. Where is the Perth Town Hall?
  2. What kinds of events is the Town Hall suitable for?
  3. Is the Town Hall suitable for themed events?
  4. What upcoming events are at the Town Hall?
  5. Is the Town Hall accessible?
  6. How can I see the Perth Town Hall?
  7. What is the Town Hall’s capacity?
  8. Is the Perth Town Hall heated and air conditioned?
  9. How can I hire Perth Town Hall?
  10. How much does it cost to hire Perth Town Hall?
  11. Can I have a wedding at the Perth Town Hall?
  12. Is dancing allowed at the Town Hall?
  13. Events for which the venue is generally suitable
  14. Events for which the venue is generally not suitable
  15. How much clean-up is required?
  16. Which caterers can I use?
  17. What about security, insurance, liquor licenses, and APRA licenses?
  18. What about parking and transport?
  19. Are there any special restrictions?

Where is the Perth Town Hall?

The Perth Town Hall is the building with the clock tower located at the corner of Hay Street and Barrack Street in Perth.

What kinds of events is the Town Hall suitable for?

The Perth Town Hall is a unique heritage venue suitable for concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions, expositions and shows, cocktail parties, meetings, fashion shows,  presentations, banquets, wedding receptions and wedding ceremonies.  It is appropriate for some types of dances.

Is the Town Hall suitable for themed events?

Yes! This historic venue Hall lends itself to a great variety of themed events. Vintage, Gothic, medieval, Victorian and steampunk weddings and events are all at home here. Past themes have included Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, The DaVinci Code,  Casino Royale, Versailles, Downton Abbey, Winter Wonderland, Commando and many more.

What upcoming events are at the Town Hall?

For information on upcoming events that are open to the public, go to www.visitperthcity.com and search for 'Perth Town Hall'.

In winter the City of Perth hosts three free “Singers and Strings” concerts in the Main Hall on the last Fridays of June, July and August to coincide with the Winter Supper Club in the Undercroft and Lower Foyers.

A regular event is the Tuesday Morning Show

  • Tuesdays at 11:00 am,, from the second Tuesday in February through the first Tuesday in December. The Tuesday Morning Show is a free community event.

  • Shows feature musical entertainment and sometimes informative speakers with a different program each week.

  • The event is generally aimed at seniors but all are welcome.

Is the Town Hall accessible?

  • There is a lift to the Main Hall for disabled access.

  • There is a separate disabled toilet with wheelchair access.

  • The entry to the main door is by ramped if approached via Hay Street. There are steps on the Barrack Street approach.

  • The nearest disabled drop-off bay is 150 M away, south side of Murray Street near the corner of Barrack Street.

  • The Red CAT bus stops outside the Town Hall, in Hay Street (Red CAT) and Barrack Street (Blue CAT).

  • The nearest taxi rank is across the street on Hay Street.

  • There is an infrared hearing system (a technical alternative to a hearing loop). If you planning to attend a Town Hall event and would like to use this system, it is advisable to ring in advance on 9461 3555.

How can I see the Perth Town Hall?

To tour the Town Hall with a view to hiring the venue, please make an appointment. Ring the Bookings Officer on 9461 3555 or email townhall@cityofperth.wa.gov.au. Appointments can be made between 9.30-5.30 Monday to Friday.

Historic tours of the Perth Town Hall are conducted Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Tours last about 45 minutes- departing from the City of Perth kiosk in the Murray Street Mall. Tours are free of charge but booking is advisable -- ring (08) 9461 3444. Groups please book in advance.

The Lower and Upper Foyers are generally open to the public 10:00 am-4:00 pm Monday to Saturday. The Hall is sometimes closed for private functions, so please check in advance by ringing (08) 9461 3555 if you plan to visit on a particular day.

Another good way to see the Town Hall is to attend the Tuesday Morning Show.
 

What is the Town Hall’s capacity?

Rooms are not individually hired, except for exhibitions in the Lower Foyer not requiring access to the kitchen and toilets.

  • Room Size Maximum number of persons
  • Total venue   400
  • Main Hall 21m x 12.8m 400 standing
  • 240 banquet style (200 with dance floor)
  • 340 concert style (250 chairs available; remainder must be hired from 3rd party)
  • Supper room 20m x 4.5m 82 standing
  • Lower foyer 15m x 12m 128 standing

Is the Perth Town Hall heated and air conditioned?

Yes.

How can I hire Perth Town Hall?

Have a look at the Venue Hire information page and download the Hirer’s Guide and Fees for complete information.

Send an online enquiry about availability here, or ring 08 9461 3555.

How much does it cost to hire Perth Town Hall?

The charge for functions is hourly. Set-up and clean-up times are chargeable. Please download the fees schedule on the Venue Hire information page, and contact the Bookings Officer on 9461 3555 for a quotation. Approved not-for-profit community organisations are eligible for a 25% discount. A special daily exhibition rate applies to exhibitions held in the Lower Foyer where no access to the kitchen or upstairs toilets is required. A bond is also payable, refunded if the Hall is left in good condition and on time. The bond also serves as your deposit when confirming a booking. Rates for are subject to change each financial year.

Can I have a wedding at the Perth Town Hall?

Yes. The venue is suitable for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Is dancing allowed at the Town Hall?

Since its construction the Perth Town Hall’s jarrah floorboards have delighted generations of dancers. However, the building was not designed for modern conditions. Experts have advised that 'modern concentrations of dancers' - vigorous rhythmic dancing by closely spaced groups of people - may cause damage to the structure.

Events for which the venue is generally suitable

  • Most structured dances and contests including swing, tango, jive.
  • Most wedding receptions.

Events for which the venue is generally not suitable

  • Dances featuring music that is rock, club or loud pop style
  • Most 18th and 21st birthdays
  • Concerts where a 'mosh pit' will develop
  • Events with a band or DJ likely to encourage vigorous rhythmic dancing by large numbers

How much clean-up is required?

  • All rubbish removed to rubbish bins
  • Tables cleared, hired tables folded and stacked to one side or in the Supper Room.
  • Floors quickly swept to remove debris
  • Spills wiped up and breakages cleared (preferably when they occur)
  • Kitchen, if used, left quite clean
  • No areas left unusually dirty
  • Caterers will generally clear up to this standard so long as it is clear to them when the contract is made.

It is possible to pay an additional fee for contract cleaning if you wish. A Duty Manager/ Caretaker is on hand to provide cleaning equipment and supplies.

If the Hall is left in a dirty or damaged condition, or if the event goes more than ten minutes over the specified time of hire, part of or the entire bond may be withheld to cover the costs of cleaning, repairs and/or hire fees.

Which caterers can I use?

Perth Town Hall is one of the rare grand venues in Perth where hirers are free to choose any appropriate caterer, or to self-cater. Self caterers are  required to submit a food safety plan. If you would like a list of caterers who have worked recently and with distinction at the Town Hall, please contact the Bookings Officer townhall@cityofperth.wa.gov.au

What about security, insurance, liquor licenses, and APRA licenses?

Security:  The cost of security will be included in your quotation. All events after 6pm require one security guard. Events involving alcohol require one guard per 100 persons. Additional security may be required at management discretion.  .

Insurance: A certificate of public liability insurance is required from businesses and organisations hiring the Hall. Private individuals hiring the hall, for instance weddings, do not require public liability insurance.

Liquor Licences: An Occasional Liquor Licence is required when hospitality is provided to sponsors or clients, when alcohol is sold or supplied as part of a ticket price, or when it has been paid for out of members’ fees. There are prescribed exemptions for very small events (75-100 persons) and private parties in some circumstances. Weddings do not require a licence and no further licence is required if a licensed caterer is engaged to serve the alcohol.  The Bookings Officer will advise whether or not a liquor licence is required.

Applications for an Occasional Liquor Licence can be obtained by ringing the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor on (08) 9425 1888 or accessing www.rgl.wa.gov.au. You must apply for a licence at least two weeks before the event. Specific information for your event must be obtained from the Department. Generally, applications for licenses for 249 persons or fewer are straightforward. For events involving 250-300 people, the licensee must complete a short version of the Responsible Service of Alcohol course. For events over 300 people, the licensee, the event manager and all servers must have completed the full Responsible Service of Alcohol course.

Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA): The Hall holds an APRA Hall license for background music. Many ticketed events involving music, and non-ticketed events where entertainment costs more than $2000, will require an additional APRA license.

What about parking and transport?

For information on City of Perth Parking go to www.cityofperthparking.com.au, the nearest City of Perth car park is:

  • Pier Street, between Murray and Wellington Streets
  • Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace
  • Perth Concert Hall, Terrace Road

Red CAT bus stop and a taxi rank are adjacent to the venue.
Perth City train station and the temporary Roe Street Bus Station are 3 blocks from the Town Hall
Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Perth Esplanade Busport are 5 blocks from the Town Hall
The Perth Town Hall is close to several City hotels

Visit the Transperth website for availability of public transport from other areas.

Are there any special restrictions?

  • Perth Town Hall is a heritage venue and needs special care.
  • Events must finish by midnight with cleanup/bumpout completed by 1am.
  • Candles and open flames are prohibited inside the building
  • Smoke and haze machines are not permitted.
  • Affixing posters or decorations to the interior or exterior walls is not permitted. There are opportunities for displaying posters up to A2 size in the windows of the Lower Foyer.
  • Because it is a heritage building, hanging banners from the outside of the building requires special permission from the City of Perth. Please allow at least 6 weeks for consideration of your application. .
  • One or more security guards are required for events after 6pm, this is included in the hire quotation.
  • Children must be strictly supervised by a responsible adult at all times due to the presence of open stairwells, art and memorabilia.
  • All bookings must be appropriate for a civic heritage venue and are approved at the discretion of the City of Perth.
  • To protect the Perth Town Hall’s jarrah flooring, the management requests that metal-tipped stilletto shoes not be worn.