Surveys & petitions

Engaging with the public can help with the collection of research data or gain support for an important cause.

Individuals or organisations wanting to survey the public or seek support for a cause via a petition can do so within Adelaide city and North Adelaide once they've obtained an On-street activity permit.

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply for an On-street activity permit to conduct a survey or seek support for an important cause using a petition.

Where can I conduct my activity?

Various public areas within the city and North Adelaide can be used to conduct a survey or petition and are approved on a case by case basis.

Please note the following locations are not covered under a City of Adelaide permit as they fall within the jurisdiction of other authorities:


The topic of the survey or petition must not be offensive to the general public.

If approved, a permit for a survey or petition covers up to two people in a designated area for a maximum of three hours. A minimal amount of infrastructure can be used with this type of activity.


The permit costs for On-street activities can be found in the City of Adelaide's current fees and charges schedule.

Ready to apply for a permit?

An application for an On-street activity permit can be easily made online. Before you start, please have the following handy as you will need to submit:

• a clear explanation of your activity and the purpose for which you are surveying or petitioning the public

• a list of survey questions or a copy of your petition form

• a Certificate of Currency of your Public Liability Insurance with a minimum cover of $20 million and noting City of Adelaide as an interested party

• a map showing the location(s) – note the location conditions above

• a plan showing the setup of any infrastructure (if applicable).

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Need more information?

If you have any questions regarding On-street activities permits, please contact the City of Adelaide’s Customer Centre, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm:

8203 7203