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Street trading and commercial use of footpaths

Street trading is public trading on footpaths and walkways. It can occur either in shopping centres, shopping strips or other business activity areas.

About street trading

We support commercial footpath trading, but you must apply for a permit.

Street trading on a Council footpath or Council land includes:

  • signs
  • goods
  • chairs
  • tables, or
  • any other item placed out by the business.

Activities allowed on footpaths

We allow a range of activities, including:

  • a-frame sign displays
  • kerbside cafes
  • goods displays
  • street stalls
  • displays of planter boxes.

Apply for a permit

Permit fees relating to street trading on public land have been waived until the end of August 2022.

If you wish to trade or sell on a public footpath or out the front of your business, you must apply for a permit.

You will need to include a diagram drawn-to-scale of the trading area with your permit application.

Apply for a street trading and commercial use of footpaths permit

Transfer a permit

You cannot transfer a permit to another person and/or business. If your business changes ownership you need to submit a new application.

Conditions of a permit

The following applies to all items placed in a public place unless otherwise specified:

  • Items or materials may only be placed during normal trading hours for the related business.
  • Only place your items in front of the permitted business. They must not extend in front of surrounding properties unless approved.
  • Do not display hazardous items out in a public place.
  • You cannot place items against the building/property line.
  • Items must not block the vision of motorists or the path of pedestrians.
  • You cannot attach or fix anything to any Council building or tree without written approval.
  • If you or your items damage other assets in a public place, you must pay the cost of repair.
  • Items must be kept clean, free from graffiti and maintained professionally.
  • You must comply with the conditions of the permit.

Clear path requirements

A clear path must be maintained on the pedestrian zone, this is a minimum of 1.5m which extends out from the business frontage. State legislation specifies that no materials may be placed in this zone.

There are also access requirements relating to individuals accessing:

  • vehicles
  • the kerb
  • pedestrian crossings
  • other Council infrastructure (such as Council benches, waste bins, bicycle parking and more).

Goods or trading materials must have minimal impact on this access. Council officers will review any application taking into account existing infrastructure and access requirements.

Need help?

Contact us and we will get back to you.

Or call our Community Laws Department on 9298 8000.

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