Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
If you're interested in hiring a space at Meat Market, read through our frequently asked questions.
If you have any further queries, please contact our Presenter Services Coordinator. 


Can I provide my own catering?

Yes. Meat Market does not contract a specific caterer. If you require catering for your event, please enquire with the Presenter Services Coordinator who will be happy to recommend some options for you.

Is parking available?

Meat Market has no public parking available on site. We recommend utilising public transport options when visiting the venue. The surrounding area has limited permit, metered and timed on-street parking. Nearby hospitals have limited parking available for a fee. Limited parking is available at Secure Parking (14-20 Blackwood St, North Melbourne) from 7am to 10.30pm daily. Limited parking is also available at Wilsons Parking (33 Bedford St, North Melbourne) 24 hours a day. 

Do you have discount parking? 

Yes. Meat Market has partnered with Secure Parking to offer our customers a discounted $5 weekend all day entry at 14 - 20 Blackwood Street Car Park (opposite the venue). Please click here for more information.


Are your spaces accessible?

Meat Market’s Flat Floor Pavilion, Cobblestone Pavilion, Meeting Room, Stables and Garden are accessible and D.D.A. compliant. All spaces also feature D.D.A compliant bathrooms.

Please note that while our spaces are D.D.A. compliant, areas with cobblestone floors can be slightly bumpy due to their uneven surface.

Please contact Meat Market on (03) 9329 9966 should you have any questions about accessibility.

Will Meat Market provide a quote for hire?

Yes. A formalised quote is generated following discussion with the Presenter Services Coordinator and if necessary, the technical team.

Who provides additional staff?

It is the responsibility of the Hirer to arrange any of the following staff that a booking may require:

  • sound designers and operators
  • lighting designers and operators
  • security staff

Meat Market reserves the right to request evidence of these staff members being hired for the event.

Crew, front of house and ticketing staff can be arranged for your booking. Please contact the Presenter Services Coordinator to discuss your requirements.

Do I need a technician?

All technical operations in the venue must receive prior approval from the Operations Manager.

All technical operations are to be carried out by qualified and reputable technicians with appropriate skills and a clear understanding of the venue’s equipment.

A venue supervising technician will be required when any external AV operator is present. It is Meat Market’s preference that all events use the venue technicians to fully support and troubleshoot any issues that may arise during your event.

How do I book a venue?

For venue hire enquiries, contact the Presenter Services Coordinator on 03 9329 9966.

When can I book the venue?

Meat Market is available all year. Please phone the Presenter Services Coordinator on 03 9329 9966 to discuss availability.

How far in advance can I make a booking?

Meat Market is taking bookings until 1st July 2019 with a primary objective to support the independent, small and medium arts sector.  

Can I book Meat Market for a non-arts event?

Arts events are sometimes waiting on grant application outcomes or other sources of fundraising and as such have a shorter lead time for venue bookings. Whilst we welcome non arts events we are mindful about giving every opportunity to artists to use Meat Market. Due to the popularity of the venue and an increase in advanced bookings from events other than arts, Meat Market is pleased to tentatively book your event and confirm your booking 90 days from your delivery date. 

What’s the capacity?

Each space has a different capacity depending on its size and seating arrangement. It is your responsibility as the Hirer to observe the maximum patron capacities as stated in the room’s technical specs.

How loud can I be?

The Main Pavilion’s sound limit is 90dB while our Stables are 84dB.

Meat Market venues are in residential areas and therefore any noise, voice or other music amplification must be at a lawful acoustic level.

You must immediately follow and adhere to any direction made by the City of Melbourne or the Victoria Police to reduce noise volume.

Due to the residential nature of the venue location, the Main Pavilion has an 11pm event curfew and a 2am curfew for bump-out.

If bump-out is likely to continue past 2am, hirers are required to book the venue for a half-day of bump-out for the following day.

Do I need security?

You may be required to provide security depending on the nature of your event. This requirement is at the discretion of the Presenter Services Coordinator.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You must hold a current Public Liability Insurance policy of at least $20 million. A Certificate of Currency must be provided to the Presenter Services Coordinator before any activities commence.

Can I decorate the venue?

As a heritage listed venue, all decorations and signage must be approved by the Presenter Services Coordinator to ensure the venue will not be damaged.

How long can I hire the venue for?

You and the Presenter Services Coordinator will agree on a commencement and finish time for your event. If the venue is not vacated by the agreed finish time, you may be required to pay extra charges.

Can I leave valuable items on site?

You are responsible for the safe keeping of all valuables and cash associated with your event and the City of Melbourne will not be held liable for any loss or damage suffered by the Hirer.

Can I sublet the venue?

You may sublet the space hired only with the prior written consent of the City of Melbourne; this will attract the commercial event rate.

The types of events for which subletting may be allowed include fairs or exhibitions where stallholders or exhibitors are charged an occupancy fee.

Can I sell alcoholic drinks?

If you will be providing alcoholic drinks to patrons you must hold a liquor licence obtained from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR). You are responsible for ensuring that the licence and all required signage is displayed at the point of service.
A copy of the licence must be given to the bookings officer prior to the event. Details can be found at VCGLR or phone 1300 182 457.

What event details do you need?

Upon request, the Hirer will supply the Presenter Services Coordinator with a detailed statement or program, showing precisely what is to take place during the event and hire period, from the commencement time and date to finish time and date.

Hirers are also required to supply contact details of volunteers and/or personnel who will be organising the event/function – in particular, the event organisers attending and responsible for the event throughout the event period.

What if my project uses controversial content?

The Hirer must give immediate notice to Meat Market if the project is likely to be highly controversial or injure the reputation of the City of Melbourne.

Advanced notice will enable the City of Melbourne to address any media issues that may arise.

In some instances, the Hirer may be required to post a clear and visible notice at the venue.

Is there a kitchen?

Kitchen facilities are available with some rooms within Meat Market and the use of the kitchens can be discussed with the Presenter Services Coordinator.

Hirers wishing to use the kitchen for catering purposes must provide the Presenter Services Coordinator with safe food handling permits.

No barbecuing is permitted at, in or around the venue whether on portable equipment or otherwise, unless approved by the venue management team.

Can I smoke?

All city venues are smoke-free zones and smoking is strictly prohibited at all times.

Can I use candles, fire or special effects?

Naked flames including candles, smoke machines, special balloon effects and pyrotechnics are prohibited at, in or around the venue, without the prior written consent of the venue management team.

How do I cancel my booking?

Contact the Presenter Services Coordinator immediately. Please note that penalties are likely to apply. Please discuss with the Presenter Services Coordinator. 


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