Outdoor fitness

Personal Trainers can apply for a Council permit which allows you to operate in certain open spaces around Sutherland Shire.

Please consider the conditions of approval and other information below before applying.

Apply for Personal Trainer permit

To apply

  • you need a copy of your fitness registration
  • a copy of your current public liability insurance certificate for minimum cover of $20 million.

Eligible applications must hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate. Permits expire on 30 June each year.

Permit conditions

  • One permit per trainer. For example, if your business employs four trainers, four approvals will be required.
  • Keep your permit on you at all times during fitness classes and produce it if requested by Council officers.
  • Permits do not grant exclusive use of an open space area.
  • We do not accept responsibility or liability for any interruption to business caused by Council or any other authority carrying out any special event, filming or maintenance on public space sites.


Please see Council's current Schedule of Fees and Charges

Cooper Street park

Where can training take place?

We consider potential impacts on the area you wish to train, including other users and local residents. Training cannot take place in excluded zones.

Excluded zones

  • Sutherland Shire Centenary Park, Miranda
  • Peace Park, Sutherland
  • Camellia Gardens, Caringbah
  • Kareela synthetic fields
  • Forby Gardens, Sutherland
  • Monro Park, Cronulla
  • Old School Park, Gymea Bay
  • bushland areas within zone C2 Environmental Conservation of the Sutherland Shire Local Environmental Plan 2015
  • group use (over 10 participants) of public ocean pools including Cronulla, Shelly Beach and Oak Park ocean pools.

Other excluded locations

  • fenced playground areas
  • park furniture
  • within 10 metres of memorials and memorial sets, playground equipment and public change rooms, toilets or kiosk areas
  • static commercial fitness training within 50 metres of residential properties
  • sporting facilities used by allocated community sporting groups such as sports fields, netball courts and athletics tracks.

Permitted activities

  • Fitness sessions with or without weights, fit balls, skipping ropes
  • boxing and pad training
  • organised aerobic activity
  • yoga, Tai chi and Pilates
  • circuit training
  • combinations of the above
  • other pre-approved fitness activity.

What activities are not permitted?

  • Activities that may be considered aggressive or intimidating
  • use of amplified music or audio equipment
  • dragging of tyres or heavy items over any surfaces, including sporting fields and parks
  • portable fitness equipment or machinery such as spin bikes, weight machines and rowing machines
  • use of picnic tables or park equipment to conduct training or to store equipment.


Parking on grass open space is not permitted and penalties apply.


We investigate all complaints from the public. Your permit may be revoked if necessary. Trainers operating regular fitness classes in a public open space without a permit will be fined. If you have a complaint about an outdoor fitness activity, <Report it> to us.

If a trainer is issued with three or more written warnings or three or more penalty notices, we will provide four weeks’ notice of termination of your permit and notify the Health and Fitness Association of Australia.