Public events official approval

German version

If you plan to hold a public event in Vienna you need to get an official approval online or in person at least one week before the date of the event.

Documents required for your online application:

  • If the organiser is an EU citizen: valid official photo ID or valid travel document. If the organiser is a non-EU national: you must appoint a manager who has got a primary residence in an EEA country.
  • Residence registration certificate of the organiser
  • Extract from the company register or extract from the register for associations (German)
  • Official notification confirming that the venue is suitable for the event (Eignungsfeststellung – applying for an official notification) (German)
  • Description or programme of the event
  • If an authorised person submits the registration: power of attorney provided by the organiser

General information

If you plan to hold a public event in Vienna you need an official approval (Anmeldung) and one or several permits depending on the type of event.

"Public" under the Vienna Events Act (Wiener Veranstaltungsgesetz) means that the public has access to your event or that more than 20 persons can attend.

You need to get an official approval for the following events, for example:

  • musical performances, in particular concerts
  • theatre performances and vaudeville acts
    • if the venue has a capacity of 50 or less persons
    • if it is a non-profit event and the persons performing are amateur actors
  • dance performances without stages or stage design
  • dance events such as balls, fancy-dress balls, clubbings, parties and other public dances
  • puppet theatres and shadow plays
  • magic shows without stages
  • charity events
  • parades
  • seasonal events or events with a folkloric theme
  • funfair type events in the area of the Prater funfair
  • operation of sports grounds
  • exhibitions

For a complete list of events that require an official approval or permit(s) please refer to the Vienna Events Act (Wiener Veranstaltungsgesetz) (German).

Private celebrations, such as birthday parties or weddings in flats, single-family homes and their gardens are not considered public and therefore do not require approval.

Political events, demonstrations and rallies need the official approval of the Vienna Police Directorate (Landespolizeidirektion Wien) (German).

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Requirements

  • The organiser may be a natural person, a legal person (e.g. an association) or a registered business partnership.
  • Official notification confirming that the venue is suitable for the event (Eignungsfeststellung – applying for an official notification) (German)

Deadlines

The application must be submitted at least one week prior to the event, either online or in person. Applications for extension of the official closing time must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the event.

The official closing time is:

  • for indoor events: 2 am
  • for outdoor events: 10 pm
  • for events at restaurants, pubs and other catering businesses: individual closing times apply in accordance with legal regulations.

Contact

Inspection of Business Establishments, Electrical and Gas Equipment, Fire Prevention and Official Authorisation of Events (MA 36)
Eventcenter (German)
1200 Vienna, Dresdner Straße 75, 4th floor, Room 420
Phone: +43 1 4000-36336
Fax: +43 1 4000-99-36336
E-mail: event@ma36.wien.gv.at

Mondays to Wednesdays from 8 am to 12 noon, Thursdays from 8 am to 5 pm. Fridays from 8 am to 12 noon. Opening hours on Good Friday, 24 and 31 December from 8 am to 12 noon; closed on public holidays.

Documents required

For legal persons or registered business partnerships, documents must be submitted both for the company (organisation) and for the person in charge (e.g. managing director).

  • If the organiser is an EU citizen: valid official photo ID or valid travel document. If the organiser is a non-EU national: you must appoint a manager who has got a primary residence in an EEA country.
  • Residence registration certificate of the organiser
  • Extract from the company register or extract from the register for associations (German)
  • If an authorised person submits the registration: power of attorney provided by the organiser
  • Official notification confirming that the venue is suitable for the event (Eignungsfeststellung – applying for an official notification) (German)
  • Description or programme of the event

Fees

  • Events without entrance fee or donation: about 20 to 40 Euro
  • Events with entrance fee or donation: about 150 to 200 Euro

For any questions regarding payment, please contact the competent accounting department (Buchhaltungsabteilung 40) (German) of Municipal Department 6.

Form

Online application for events requiring registration (German)

Further information

Legal basis: Vienna Events Act (Wiener Veranstaltungsgesetz) (German)

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