Fitness Training

This page is for those fitness professionals who are interested in obtaining a permit to conduct outdoor fitness training on Council land.

For those who want to find a local business that conducts outdoor fitness training classes, City of Parramatta Council recommends visiting the Fitness Australia website.

The need to support and regulate the use of public open space for health and recreational pursuits by organised or commercial fitness groups and personal training fitness activities has been identified. Fitness training is one of the strongest growth segments of the fitness industry. Increasing numbers of fitness trainers using public open space has resulted in:

  • Equity of access issues – potential conflict with displaced users, management of demand, domination and monopolisation of areas and exploitation of public land by commercial operators
  • Impact on the asset – trainers of larger groups are causing wear-and-tear to recreational facilities
  • Facility management – scheduling of regular, seasonal and reactive maintenance
  • Public liability concerns – trainers with insufficient qualifications or insurance

A permit for fitness training has been implemented by Council to assist in the support and regulation of the above. The permit is allocated on a seasonal basis to align with primary sports field hirers:

  • Winter season permit – March to September
  • Summer season permit – September to March

Personal and group fitness training activities are defined as; aerobic activities, resistance training (with or without equipment), punch pad training (boxing and kick boxing), relaxation or lifestyle classes such as yoga or tai chi, circuit type classes or any combination of the above. It does not include ball games or training related to a particular field sport. Use of the fields in these instances, regardless of the size of the group, requires specific sports field hire approval. To apply to use Council managed playing fields please refer to the Sports grounds casual or seasonal hire application form.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

How can I train as an outdoor fitness trainer on a City of Parramatta Council Park or Reserve?

Any organised or commercial group fitness or personal training on Council land requires a permit from Council. You must contact Council’s Recreation Services Officer on 9806 5718 to commence the permit approval process and to be provided with the application form and guidelines.

How long is the permit?

The permit is valid for 26 weeks and is allocated in line with the seasonal sports field hiring process. The winter season commences in March and the summer season commences in September. It is the trainer’s responsibility to renew their permit at the end of each season. New trainers can commence at any time throughout the permit period and will be charged on a pro rata basis.

How much does it cost?

Permits for the use of sports fields and netball courts will incur both the Fitness Trainers Permit fee and the applicable charges for the sports field and/or netball court as detailed in Council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges. Use of sports fields and/or netball courts will also take into consideration the Terms and Conditions for the Seasonal Use of Parks and Reserves

A comprehensive list of sports fields and their grading can be requested from Council. Applications for use of open space areas that are not listed will be charged at Grade D

Fitness trainers permit fee:

1-2 Participants - $240.70

3-9 Participants - $484.30

10-18 Participants - $726.50

(Figures are based on a full season. Permits issued during the season will be charged on a pro rata basis)

Sports field hire fee:

D Grade Field - $139.70 per day per season

C Grade Field - $172.10 per day per season

B Grade Field - $222.00 per day per season

Netball court hire fee:

$69.00 per day per season

A minimum Bond amount must also be paid prior to commencement.

1-9 participants - $250.00

10-18 participants - $500.00


A fitness trainer using a D grade sports field 2 days per week with a group size of 7.

Permit fee - $484.30

Sports field hire fee - $139.70 x 2 = $279.40

TOTAL = $763.70 (excluding min Bond of $250.00) for the season.

Can I train at night?

Yes. However, Council’s floodlit sports fields are heavily utilised by our seasonal hirers at night. As a result, the allocation of fields throughout the evening for fitness trainers is very minimal. Please contact Council’s Recreation Services Officer for current availability. All hirers are charged for the use of sports field floodlighting.

Where can I train?

  • Sports fields, parks/reserves, netball courts and tennis courts.

Fitness trainers are NOT permitted within the following areas:

  • Areas of cultural or natural significance
  • Cemeteries
  • Within a 10m radius of any memorials
  • Within a 10m radius of any picnic sheds or benches
  • Within a 10m radius of any playgrounds or play equipment
  • Within a 10m radius of any public change room, toilet or kiosk areas
  • Church Street Mall
  • Within a 50m radius of any surrounding residential property
  • Roadways (including roadside footpaths and on-road cycle ways)

Will I have to share the field/space?

On most occasions, especially at night, you will have to share with an existing primary hirer such as the local soccer or rugby league club. When required Council will arrange an on site meeting with the primary hirer, the fitness trainer and a Council staff member to discuss field/reserve allocation prior to approving the permit.

Where approved shared use of sports fields by sporting clubs and fitness trainers occurs, it must be noted that the sports club and its participants are the primary hirer of the facility.

Fitness trainers must ensure that any activity causes minimum disruption and interference with the general public rights of access and enjoyment of public open space areas.

How many clients can I have in my group?

The maximum amount of participants per permit is 18. If your numbers exceed 18 you are requested to apply for an additional permit and pay the associated fee. You will not have to pay the usage fee if your training days are going to remain the same.

Fitness training companies are limited to a group size of 54.

I see a lot of outdoor fitness trainers, how do I know that they have a permit?

Council has distributed a highly visible feather banner to each of our authorised fitness trainers who will be required to display the banner throughout their fitness training sessions. These banners are expected to raise the general public’s awareness of the permitted fitness trainers in their area and will be used by our patrolling Rangers as evidence of the trainer having a permit.Council also issues each fitness trainer with a wallet sized permit detailing permitted session details such as days, times and locations. The permit should be readily available should a Council officer request to sight their permit.

Last updated on 29 Jun 2015