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 7.30pm daily (hours may be extended to 10:30pm by prior arrangement - contact Meat Market). Secure Parking may also be prebooked as part of an offer. 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 is committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and accessible venue space for all events and visitors. Our services and facilities are designed to make your experience at Meat Market accessible, comfortable and enjoyable.

There are a number of event spaces at Meat Market; the Flat Floor Pavilion, Cobblestone Pavilion, Stables, Garden and Meeting Room. Several of these spaces have multiple access options, with entrance options selected at the discretion of event organisers.


  • All of Meat Market’s venue spaces are accessible and D.D.A. compliant. While our spaces are D.D.A. compliant, areas with cobblestone floors can be slightly bumpy due to their uneven surface.
  • Where there are non-accessible entries to any building or space, an alternative entry with wheelchair-friendly access is available.
  • All spaces feature D.D.A. compliant bathrooms.
  • We encourage all event organisers to provide non-gendered bathrooms for attendees, however this is at their own discretion.
  • Service dogs are welcome in our venues.
  • On-street disabled parking spaces are available surrounding our venue.
  • Hearing loop facilities have been installed in our Flat Floor Pavilion to enhance sound quality and eliminate background noise for people who are hard of hearing. The use of this system is at the discretion of event organisers. We recommend requesting this service from event organisers directly should your hearing be impacted.


If you’re in need of further assistance or have any questions, please contact Meat Market’s team. We’re more than happy to help by providing personalised information regarding our spaces and accessibility. Contact us here on call us on (03) 9329 9966.

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.

Can we have children onsite during out bump-in and bump-out?

Bump-in and bump-out of events often requires use of hazardous machinery and vehicles which mean that it can be a risk and safety issue to have children onsite.

Children (anyone under the age of 18) can only be onsite during your bump-in and bump-out under supervision, and with prior written approval of Meat Market management.

Do I need to be onsite before my event opening?

Hirers and their teams must be onsite a minimum of 60 minutes before doors open on the first day of public access for their event. This allows enough time to ensure that all relevant team members complete a venue induction. 

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. 

Who should be referred to in an acknowledgement of country when presenting at Meat Market? 

The Traditional Owners of the land are the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. 


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.

Do you have restrictions on heavy items or liquids in the space?

For items of significant weights and items containing liquids – including bars where liquid spills are common – every measure must be taken to protect all Meat Market flooring from damage. Damage to flooring will incur additional costs.

Please consult with Meat Market personnel before and throughout your hire on appropriate protective measures according to items, furniture, fridges, potted plants or bars required for your event. 

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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