How To Obtain A Ceremony Location Permit

It’s the Sunshine Coast, beautiful one day, perfect the next. No wonder so many brides have their heart set on being married here on one of our many beautiful beaches or in one of our stunning National Parks.

The beaches are free and belong to us all, but when it comes to your wedding ceremony, it’s imperative you get a permit. Of course you could not obtain a permit, just turn up on the day and hope for the best, but what if another bridal party turned up with a permit at the exact same time? Could end up a bit awkward, couldn’t it? Even worse, what if you turn up to say your oh so romantic vows in front of your nearest and dearest and it turns out there’s a surf carnival on?

The cost of a permit is $150.00, so it’s not going to put a huge dent in your wedding budget. The easiest way to do this is by visiting the Sunshine Coast Regional Council website and filling in an online application. You will then either receive a letter of approval or a phone call if there happens to be another event already booked on the date and time at your chosen location. 

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The above photos were taken for a Bohemian Beach Wedding styled shoot for Volume 1 of The Bride's Tree free online bridal magazine.

Location: Shelly Beach, Caloundra

Photographer: Shane Shepherd Photography

Stylist: Splash Events

Florist: Blooms of Noosa

Hair Stylist: Taryn Smith Hair and Makeup

Makeup Artist: Sally Townsend Makeup Artistry

Stationery: Ink Wedding Invitations

Bride’s Dress: Anna Campbell gown supplied by Eve Boutique

Bride’s Foot Jewellery and Bomboniere: Ink Wedding Invitations

Models: Kirsten Jensen and Josh Dzufer


Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.