Balmain Town Hall

Balmain Town Hall was designed by Mr E.H. Buchanan, Mayor of the borough at the time. It opened on 25 August 1888.  It is a large community venue used for events and programs and offering facilities for hire.

Location

370 Darling Street, Balmain

Contact

Phone: 02 9392 5000
Email: council@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Hire information

Please note that this venue can not be hired from Friday 3 September 2021 through until Sunday 5 September 2021 because it will be a polling place for local government elections.

Venues available for hire include:

Balmain Town Hall Main Hall
Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room

The Town Hall is suitable for

  • Performances
  • Concerts
  • Parties
  • Banquets
  • Conferences
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions

The Meeting Room is suitable for:

  • Meetings
  • Classes 

Quick facilities check

Capacity

Current COVID restrictions capacity is:
Main Hall: 150 people seated or 50 people standing/mingling
Meeting Room: 40 people seated or 40 people standing/mingling

Main Hall normal capacity:
300 people - Theatre style seating
220 people - Banquet style seating (allowing for a dance floor)

Available hours 8am to 12 midnight
Accessible parking On street only
Level access entrance Access to the meeting room is at the rear of the Town Hall building on the ground floor. Entry is from the side driveway. There is an accessible ramp for access to the meeting room. There is no accessible access to the Town Hall.
 Accessible toilets  There is an accessible toilet in the entry foyer to the room.
Hearing support system/Loop  TBC
 Parking  On street only
 Public transport  Bus 
 AV equipment  No
 Key or swipe access  Key
 Kitchen facilities  Commercial kitchen, stove with 6 hotplates, fridge, instant hot water urn, 3 sinks, serving bench and serving trolley
 Limitations  All patrons to exit (including bump out) by midnight

Conditions of hire

General Conditions of Hire (PDF 138.1KB)
Conditions of Hire - Balmain Town Hall - Main Room (PDF 125.2KB)
Conditions of Hire - Balmain Town Hall - Meeting Room (PDF 125.2KB)

Hire documents

Floor Plan - Balmain Town Hall (PDF 330.8KB)

Fees and charges for hire

Balmain Town Hall

Town Hall - Fees and charges details Fee excluding GST GST Fee including GST
Hourly Rate (before 5:00PM)
$124.73
$12.47
$137.20
Hourly Rate (after 5:00PM) 
$158.36
$15.84
$174.20
Day block (8:00AM – 5:00PM)
$365.18
$36.52
$401.70
Evening block (5:00PM – 12 Midnight)
$463.55
$46.35
$509.90
Whole Day block (8:00AM – 12 Midnight) $772.55 $77.25 $849.80
Half-Day block (6 hours) $386.27  $38.63 $424.90
Refundable Bond $500.00 $0.00 $500.00
Refundable Bond for “high risk” functions. This increased bond may be imposed at the discretion of Council Staff. $1000.00 $0.00 $1000.00
Cancellations - 28 days and greater prior to booking 75% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellation - From 14 days up to and including 27 days prior to booking 50% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - Less than 14 days prior to booking 0% of Hiring Fee Refunded

Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room

Meeting room fees and charges details Fee excluding GST GST Fee including GST
Hourly Rate - before 5:00PM $59.09 $5.91 $65.00
Hourly Rate - after 5:00PM $63.36 $6.34 $69.70
Whole Day block (8:00AM – 12 Midnight)  $271.64 $27.16 $298.80
Half-Day block (6 hours) $135.45 $13.55 $149.00
Day block (8:00AM – 5:00PM) $135.45 $13.55 $149.00
Evening block (5:00PM – 12 Midnight) $190.00 $19.00 $209.00
Refundable Bond $500.00 $0.00 $500.00
Refundable Bond - for "High Risk" Events. This increased bond may be imposed at the discretion of Council staff.  $1000.00 $0.00  $1000.00 
Refundable Bond - for "Low Risk" Events. This decreased bond may be imposed at the discretion of Council staff.  $250.00  $0.00 $250.00 
Cancellations - 28 days and greater prior to booking 75% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - From 14 days up to and including 27 days prior to booking 50% of Hiring Fee Refunded
Cancellations - Less than 14 days prior to booking 0% of Hiring Fee Refunded

Venue fee scale policy

Council provides a scaled fee structure for the hire of a range of community venues and halls to ensure equitable access.

Find out more about the Venue fee scale policy

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Using Council's booking system 

Making a booking – before you begin

Bookings will not be accepted within seven (7) days of a proposed event date.

You must be 18 years and over to book a Council community venue.

You will be required to have a completed COVID-19 safety plan for your event. This must be attached to any booking request.

You can use this tool on the NSW Government website to complete the COVID-19 safety plan. A copy of the completed plan will be emailed to you as a PDF.

If engaging the services of contractor to conduct activities and or provide catering on the premises during your booking, you will be required to provide all necessary clearances, certificates, insurances and permits pertaining to the services provided.

The types of documents required include RSA certificates, food safety certificates, public liability insurance, working with children checks, police event notifications, etc.

How to make a booking for the first time and set up an account

From the home screen on the Council website, go to 'Find a venue, park or sporting ground' to be taken to the venues for hire page.

You will then be able to review Council's venues under their respective categories

  • Community centres
  • Rooms and small halls
  • Town halls

At the bottom of each venue's respective information page there is an 'Apply online here' tab that will take you to the booking system.

From here you will be able to make a provisional booking request for your preferred event date and upload your documents.

Please see the following guide to assist you.

Cancelling a booking

Log in to your account and go to 'My Bookings', and for the relevant booking, click on 'Manage'.

Once in the booking, click on the "Request Cancellation" tab on the top right or bottom of the booking.

Please see the following guide to assist you.

 

COVID-19 information

Restrictions and safety

Council is in the process of reopening its community centres and facilities to existing community hirers in line with NSW Health advice.

Due to restrictions, venues have a reduced capacity of two square metres for each person. NSW Government restrictions continue to apply to some activities.

Council staff will work directly with regular hirers to reconfirm or amend bookings which were temporarily on hold. Hirers will need to provide a COVID-19 safety plan for their activity for Council's approval, and sign an amended booking agreement before activities can resume.

For bookings enquiries, email bookingsteam@innerwest.nsw.gov.au or phone 9392 5000 and ask to be put through to the Venues Booking Team.

Find more information here about Council's COVID-19 response

Make a general enquiry

You can use Council's online customer service request system to make a general enquiry for our community venues:

Make a general enquiry

You may also email the bookings team directly via bookingsteam@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Make a booking online

Book online: Main hall

Book online: Meeting room

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Page last updated: 21 Jun 2021