Balmain Town Hall is located at 370 Darling Street Balmain. The Balmain Town Hall building encompasses the Balmain Library, the Main Hall and the Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room.
Both the Main Hall and the Balmain Town Hall Meeting room are available as separate venues to hire. The facility is operated by Inner West Council - Leichhardt as unstaffed community venues. The Inner West Council operates the Balmain Glasshouse which is adjacent to the Balmain Town Hall.
The Main Hall is a large hall available for the community to hire for the purpose of activities such as performances, concerts, parities, banquets, conferences, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and range of other activities.
The bookable space comprises a floor space of approximately 293m² (15.7m x 19.6m) plus a stage area of 38m² (4.8m x 8m). A booking of this facility includes the use of the hall and stage areas, and kitchen.
The kitchen is a commercial kitchen and offers a stove with 6 hotplates, fridge, instant hot water urn, 3 sinks, serving bench and serving trolley. Please note that there are no provisions for cutlery, plates or glassware.
There are also 25 trestle tables and 265 chairs available for use. Hirers are responsible for packing up and packing away any furniture utilised.
Access to the Main Hall is from Darling street via stairs (on the left hand side of the building front) or a lift (on the right hand side of the building front).
An accessible toilet is located on the right hand side of the stage.
There is currently no provisions for cooling or heating in this venue.
The Meeting Room is a large carpeted room available for the community to hire for the purpose of activities such as large meetings, workshops, conferences, rehearsals, and a range of other activities.
The bookable space comprises a floor space of approximately 97m² (12.8m x 7.5m). A booking of this facility included the use of the meeting room and kitchen areas.
The kitchen is a large kitchen offering stove, fridge, sink, instant hot water urn and serving bench. A microwave can be made available upon request before the booking date. Please note that there are no provisions for cutlery, plates or glassware.
There are also 75 chairs and 10 tables included in the hire of this venue.
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 venue as well as an accessible toilet in the entry foyer to the room.
Underfloor heating and air conditioning is available in the Meeting Room.
The Meeting Room is not available for high impact events as defined in Council's General Conditions of Hire (PDF 173.3KB)
There is no on-site parking for this facility. On street, metered and restricted parking is available only.
The Balmain Town Hall is on the public bus routes 433 (from George St, Sydney), 432 (from Queen Victoria Building, Sydney), and 445 (from Canterbury Train Station).
Use of the Main Hall and Meeting Room is only available between 8.00am and 12.00 midnight. The hirer must cease playing or broadcasting of music by midnight and must comply with the Noise Control Act and Regulations. The Balmain Town Hall may be booked for full or part Saturdays or Sundays for a maximum of three consecutive weeks.
The hall is available to be inspected by appointment. Please email the Balmain Town Hall Caretaker to arrange an inspection.
The Caretaker is generally available after 3pm Monday to Friday.
The maximum capacity of the Main Hall is:
300 persons - Theatre style seating
220 persons - Banquet style seating (allowing for a dance floor)
The maximum capacity of the Meeting room is:
70 persons - Theatre style seating
100 persons - standing
Please note that this is an unstaffed community venue, and therefore staff are not located on site.
Council staff are available to take enquiries regarding this facility between 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
Location: 370 Darling St, Balmain
Phone: Bookings - 02 9367 9222
Email enquiry - Balmain Town Hall
Balmain Town Hall Floor Plan
General Conditions of Hire (PDF 173.3KB)
Facility Information for hirers of Balmain Town Hall (PDF 132.3KB)
Facility Information for hirers of Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room (PDF 130.8KB)
Balmain Town Hall Evacuation Plan - Under construction
Fees and Charges
Balmain Town Hall Fees and Charges 2016-2017 (PDF 332.3KB)
Balmain Town Hall Meeting Room Fees and Charges 2016-2017 (PDF 331.1KB)
To make a booking you can complete the application form below:
Community Facility Booking Application Form
Alternatively you can use our online booking form at the link below:
Reduced Fees and Fee Waivers
Inner West Council offers reduced fees and fee waivers for a number of Council venues and services to eligible applicants. The program aims to support organisations, community groups, and individuals with limited income streams to provide projects, programs, events, and activities for the benefit of the local community. This program assists Council and the community to achieve shared objectives outlined in Councils Strategic Plans. The program is guided by Council's Grants and Community Resourcing Policy 2012 - Find out more about Council's reduced fees and fee waivers
Balmain was incorporated as a Municipality in 1860. In 1873 Council appointed a committee to investigate and recommend a site for a new town hall and the present site was chosen two years later in 1875. Between 1875 and when E.H. Buchanan was commissioned to build the town hall in 1887 the council chambers operated from a small stone cottage on the site. The current building was completed in time for the Centenary year of 1888. It once displayed a fine dome which was taken down in World War II.