Hall Hire FAQs

Hall Hire FAQs

Please see frequently asked questions and their answers below in relation to halls, hall hire and community centres.

The cost will depend on the venue you hire and the type of event you are holding. You must pay a hire fee and a bond. Additional fees will also apply if you breach the Hire Agreement.

If you know what hall you want, and have checked that it has the capacity and facilities you need, you can call Council on 4732 8021 

Yes. The kitchen has a stove, oven, microwave, fridge, pie warmer and sink. Some halls also have a dishwasher, stainless steel bench tops, bar fridge and induction cook tops. You must bring your own dishes, cutlery, pots, cups, soap, dish towels, and garbage bags.

Yes. All our halls have rectangular tables that seat 6 to 8 people (except Castlereagh Hall which has round tables).

Download information about the tables and chairs supplied

Yes, but you can’t use pins, nails or any kind of tape. Don't hang the decorations near fans and make sure you remove all decorations after the event. We don’t encourage use of helium balloons as they can cause damage to the ceiling fans.

Yes - except at Colyton Neighbourhood Centre and Penrith Valley Seniors Centre which are alcohol-free venues. You must register your event with local police if alcohol is going to be consumed.

We recommend you view the hall to check it meets your needs. Call us on 4732 8021 or use the Online Facilities Calendar to express your interest and make arrangements to view a hall. Information and pictures are also available on the Halls & Community Centres page.

The curfew time varies between buildings. Music must be turned off by 12 midnight in halls that have a 1am curfew.

You will be able to pick the keys up from Council between 8:30am and 3pm on the Friday before your event. You will nominate on your Booking Application Form whether you collect the keys from our Penrith Office or St Marys Office.

Bonds will be refunded after the booking completion subject to all Conditions of Hire being met and once the payee has submitted an Application for Payment form.

Council refunds monies by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer)

Note: the Application for Payment form must be completed by the person whose name is on the receipt, unless otherwise negotiated with Council.

Council reserves the right to retain all, or part of the bond should the Terms and Conditions of Hire not be adhered to.

The bond must be paid within 2 weeks after you receive your Booking Application Form. The hire fee must be paid at least 2 weeks before your event. Failure to pay fees on time could affect your booking.

You can pay in person with cash, cheque or credit card at either the Penrith or St Marys Council Office.

For payment remotely using a credit card, a completed credit card authorisation form should be emailed to

In some instances Council will request you organise licensed security to help you manage your guests and ensure their safety in the hall and outside in the car park.

You need to ensure that you book enough time to set up and clean up. You will be charged additional fees if you are in the hall outside of your approved booking times.

Yes. You must leave the hall in a clean condition. All spills must be wiped up and the floor swept, the kitchen and toilets tidied, the tables and chairs wiped clean and put away, and the garbage placed in the outside garbage bin. You must also ensure the outdoor area is free of rubbish, including cigarette butts.

No. The cleaner will be onsite early the next morning as another hirer usually needs the hall the next day. Additional fees will apply if the cleaner cannot do their job because of how you've left the hall.

Call us on 4732 8021 or send an email to .

You can request maintenance or report a problem relating to a Council-owned facility using our Raise a Request online form. For emergencies or urgent maintenance please call Penrith City Council on 4732 7777.